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ACCC Cooperative Scholarships

As part of our mission to promote the development of and education about cooperatives, the Arthur Capper Cooperative Center (ACCC) awards several types of cooperative scholarships to undergraduate students at Kansas State University.

To apply for the ACCC Cooperative Scholarships, the first step for current and transfer students is to fill out the K-State scholarship application by February 1st. There are a variety of questions pertaining to the cooperative scholarships including membership connections to cooperatives (including agricultural, farm credit, credit union, rural electric and rural telephone cooperatives). We do not currently offer any scholarships to incoming Freshmen. If you meet the eligibility requirements, you will be invited to apply for the cooperative scholarships. More information, including eligibility requirements, on each scholarship currently offered is listed below.

17 cooperative scholarships totaling $61,272 were awarded for the 2016-2017 academic year, ranging from $1,000 - $10,474The ACCC has awarded $672,856 in scholarships on behalf of the cooperative community since 1985. 1985-2016 Cooperative Scholarships Award Summary

2016-2017 Combined Cooperative Scholarships Press Release

David and Susan Barton Cooperative Leadership Scholarship: This scholarship will be awarded to two students (2016-17 only) outstanding students who meet three minimum eligibility requirements: (1) properly enrolled as a junior or senior in the College of Agriculture at Kansas State University pursuing a degree in Agribusiness or Agricultural Economics during the academic year the scholarship is awarded, (2) strong academic performance during at least two semesters at Kansas State University with a cumulative grade point average at Kansas State University of at least 3.5 on a 4.0 scale, and (3) is affiliated with a marketing, supply, or service company operating on a cooperative basis in the United States (including agricultural, farm credit, credit union, rural electric and rural telephone cooperatives) Affiliation with a cooperative includes being a member or employee of a cooperative or a spouse, child or dependent of a member or employee of a cooperative. Preference will be given to eligible candidates who demonstrate leadership potential, achievement or performance on the following three factors: (1) strong leadership development experience, (2) preparation and planning for a career that includes being a leader of a business in an executive, manager or board member position, and (3) appreciation and understanding of the cooperative business model. 
2016-17 Recipients:  Linda (Lindy) Bilberry of Garden City, Kansas, a senior in Agricultural Economics. Co-op connections: Garden City Co-op, Inc., Victory Electric Cooperative Association and Wheatland Electric Cooperative, Inc. Jeffrey (Jeff) Hadachek of Cuba, Kansas, a junior in Agricultural Economics. Co-op connections: Rolling Hills Electric Cooperative, Cloud County Cooperative, Farmway Cooperative, CVA and MKC. 
Press Release
Barton Cooperative Scholarship
Barton Scholarship 2015

Matthew Kent Stamper Memorial Scholarship: This scholarship will be awarded to one outstanding student who (1) is properly enrolled as a junior or senior in the College of Agriculture at Kansas State University during the year the scholarship is awarded. Other criteria to be met is affiliation with a Kansas marketing, supply, or service cooperative (including agricultural, farm credit, credit union, rural electric and rural telephone cooperatives) that is a member of the Kansas Cooperative Council (KCC). Affiliation with a cooperative includes being a member or employee of a cooperative or a spouse, child or dependent of a member or employee of a cooperative. Among the eligible candidates, preference will be given to students who (1) are enrolled in the Department of Agricultural Economics, Department of Animal Sciences and Industry or Department of Agronomy and (2) are from Northwest or North Central Kansas, especially Rooks County or the surrounding counties of Phillips, Smith, Osborne, Russell, Ellis, Trego, Graham and Norton and (3) are interested in pursuing a career in production agriculture.  
2016-17 Recipient: Tanner Aherin of Phillipsburg, Kansas, a senior in Agricultural Economics. Co-op connections: Golden Plains Credit Union. 
Press Release
Stamper Scholarship

Otis and Mary Lee Molz Cooperative Scholarship: This scholarship will be awarded to one outstanding student who (1) is properly enrolled as a Kansas resident junior or senior in the College of Agriculture during the academic year the scholarship is used and (2) is affiliated with a Kansas marketing, supply, or service cooperative (including agricultural, farm credit, credit union, rural electric and rural telephone cooperatives) that is a member of the Kansas Cooperative Council (KCC),  and (3) can demonstrate current financial need by completing the standard financial information forms used at Kansas State University. Affiliation with a cooperative includes being a member or employee of a cooperative or a spouse, child or dependent of a member or employee of a cooperative. Preference will be given to students who (1) have financial need, (2) have demonstrated strong academic performance during their previous college coursework and activities, and (3) are preparing for and planning a career that includes being an agricultural producer or working as an employee of a cooperative, cooperative related business or a service provider to cooperatives (e.g., law firms and auditing firms). 
2016-17 Recipient: Grace Hammer of Wallace, Kansas, a senior in Agribusiness. Co-op connections: United Plains Ag, Frontier Ag, Midwest Energy and S&T Communications. 
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Molz Scholarship

Joseph Lieber Memorial Cooperative Scholarship: This scholarship will be awarded to one outstanding student who (1) is properly enrolled as a junior or senior in the College of Agriculture during the academic year the scholarship is used and (2) is affiliated with a Kansas marketing, supply, or service cooperative (including agricultural, farm credit, credit union, rural electric and rural telephone cooperatives) that is a member of the Kansas Cooperative Council (KCC). Preference will be given to students who (1) demonstrate financial need by completing the standard financial aid information forms used at Kansas State University, (2) have a strong academic performance record during their years of college, and (3) are planning a career that includes being an agricultural producer, or working as an employee of a cooperative, cooperative related business or a service provider to cooperatives (e.g., law firms and auditing firms). 
2016-17 Recipient: Kyle Anderson, Abilene, Kansas, a senior in Feed Science and Management. Co-op connections: DS&O Electric, Tri-County Telephone, Great Plains Credit Union and Agri Trails Cooperative.
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Lieber Scholarship

CoBank Outstanding Student Scholarships: The scholarship will be awarded to three outstanding students who (1) are properly enrolled as a sophomore, junior or senior in the Department of Agricultural Economics during the academic year the scholarship is used and (2) has exhibited academic excellence. Preference will be given to students who (1) are studying agricultural economics or agribusiness studying finance, economics or banking and (2) are residents in the following states: CA, CO, CT, IA, KS, KY, MO, MN, NE and TX. Recipients of the CoBank Scholarship in their sophomore or junior year may apply for an internship at CoBank and graduating seniors may contact CoBank Recruiting to discuss potential employment opportunities.
2016-17 Recipients:Karly Frederick of Alden, Kansas, a senior in Agribusiness. Co-op connections: MKC, Central Prairie Co-op, Walters Cooperative Elevator Association, Ark Valley Electric Cooperative Association, CHS, Triangle Communications, Kanza Cooperative Association and Farmers Cooperative Grain Company of Abbyville.  Allison Nickelson of Penokee, Kansas, a junior in Agribusiness. Co-op connection: Frontier Ag, Inc., Scott Cooperative Association, Western Cooperative Electric and Nex-Tech Rural Telephone Cooperative. Kristin Stiebe of Kinsley, Kansas, a junior in Agribusiness. Co-op connections: Pride Ag Resources, American Ag Credit, Midwest Energy Incorporated, Golden Belt Telephone Association and Golden Valley Incorporated. 
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CoBank Scholarship

CHS Scholars Awards: This scholarship will be awarded to one or more outstanding students who are properly enrolled as a sophomore, junior or senior during the academic year the scholarship is used and are working towards an agricultural-related degree or STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) degree and who demonstrate academic aptitude. The recipient must be a U.S. or Canadian citizen or legal resident. This scholarship program encourages students to pursue careers in production agriculture and agriculture business. Recipients shall NOT be selected based on financial need. Recipients are able to receive the award multiple times. Recipients should exhibit leadership qualities through university, community or ag industry involvement. Recipients MUST declare intention of entering an ag or energy related career field. First preference will be given to students demonstrating an interest in agriculture based cooperatives.  
2016-17 Recipients:Keren Duerksen of Newton, Kansas, a sophomore in Agronomy. Co-op connections: MKC, Kanza Cooperative Association and American Ag Credit. Kaylin Fink of Chapman, Kansas, a sophomore in Agronomy. Co-op connection: MKC. Ethan Fowler of McPherson, Kansas, a senior in Agricultural Economics. Co-op connections: MKC and Cooperative Credit Union. Abigail Friesen of Colby, Kansas, a junior in Agricultural Economics. Co-op connections: Farm Credit of Western Kansas Cooperative, Frontier Ag, Inc., Hi-Plains Cooperative Association and Midwest Energy. Bret Gum of Johnson, Kansas, a senior in Agricultural Economics. Co-op connections: Skyland Grain, Pioneer Electric and Pioneer Communications. Samuel Liggett of Manhattan, Kansas, a senior in Animal Science and Industry. Co-op connections: Rockingham Co-op, Augusta Co-op and Shenandoah Valley Electrical Co-op. Wyatt Pracht of Westphalia, Kansas, a senior in Agricultural Economics. Co-op connections: Frontier Farm Credit, LeRoy Cooperative Association and Lyon-Coffey Electric Cooperative. Rachel Zimmerman of Satanta, Kansas, a senior in Agribusiness. Co-op connections: United Prairie Ag, Pioneer Electric Cooperative, Pioneer Communications and Farm Credit of Southwest Kansas.
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CHS Scholarship

Triangle Insurance Scholarship: This scholarship will be awarded to one outstanding student who is properly enrolled as a junior or senior during the academic year the scholarship is used and is working towards an agricultural-related degree. Students must have an agricultural cooperative background and a member of the family must either (1) belong to a cooperative who is a customer of Triangle Insurance; (2) be an employee of a customer cooperative; or (3) serve on the board of directors of a customer cooperative. 
2016-17 Recipient:Connor Eilert of Beloit, Kansas, a junior in Agribusiness. Co-op connections: Rolling Hills Electric Cooperative and Farmway Cooperative.
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Triangle Scholarship

For information about the eligibility requirements and the application and selection processes, please contact Seleise Barrett.