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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 $51,180 were awarded for the 2017-2018 academic year, ranging from $1,000 - $10,855The ACCC has awarded $724,036 in scholarships on behalf of the cooperative community since 1985. 1985-2017 Cooperative Scholarships Award Summary

2017-2018 Combined Cooperative Scholarships Press Release

David and Susan Barton Cooperative Leadership Scholarship: This scholarship will be awarded to an outstanding student who meets 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. 
2017-18 Recipient:  Jeffrey (Jeff) Hadachek of Cuba, Kansas, a senior in Agricultural Economics. Co-op connections: Cloud County Co-op Elevator Association, CVA, MKC and Rolling Hills Electric Cooperative.
Press Release
Barton Scholarship 2017-18

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.  
2017-18 Recipient: Connor Eilert of Beloit, Kansas, a senior in Agribusiness. Co-op connections: CVA and Rolling Hills Electric Cooperative. 
Press Release
Stamper Scholarship 2017-18

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). 
2017-18 Recipient: Taylor Williamson of Sublette, Kansas, a senior in Agricultural Economics. Co-op connections: Pioneer Electric Cooperative, Inc. and Sublette Cooperative, Inc. 
Press Release
Molz Scholarship 2017-18

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). 
2017-18 Recipient: Jill Seiler of Valley Center, Kansas, a senior in Agricultural Communications & Journalism and Animal Science and Industry. Co-op connections: Central Equity Milk Cooperative, Farmers Cooperative Elevator Co. of Halstead, Kanza Cooperative Association and Sedgwick County Electric Co-op Association.
Press Release
Lieber Scholarship 2017-18

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.
2017-18 Recipients:Aubrey Davis of Scott City, Kansas, a senior in Agricultural Economics. Co-op connections: Midwest Energy, Inc., Pioneer Communications, Scott Cooperative Association and Wheatland Electric Cooperative, Inc.  Hannah Eilert of Jewell, Kansas, a senior in Agribusiness. Co-op connection: CVA and Rolling Hills Electric Cooperative. Reed Sage of Maple Hill, Kansas, a junior in Agricultural Economics. Co-op connection: FreeState Electric Cooperative. Kristin Stiebe of Kinsley, Kansas, a senior in Agribusiness. Co-op connections: Golden Belt Telephone Association, Golden Valley, Inc., Pride Ag Resources and Midwest Energy, Inc. 
Press Release
CoBank Scholarship 2017-18

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.  
2017-18 Recipients: Coleman Forst of Marysville, Kansas, a senior in Agricultural Economics and Finance. Co-op connection: Blue Valley Tele-Communications, Inc. Grant Frasier of Sharon Springs, Kansas, a junior in Agronomy. Co-op connections: Farm Credit of Western Kansas, Midwest Energy, Inc. and United Plains Ag. Abigail Friesen of Colby, Kansas, a senior in Agricultural Economics. Co-op connections: Farm Credit of Western Kansas, Frontier Ag, Inc., Hi-Plains Cooperative Association, Midwest Energy, Inc. and United Plains Ag. Tyler Marr of Formoso, Kansas, a senior in Agronomy. Co-op connections: Aurora Cooperative, CVA, Farmway Credit Union, Midway Co-op, Inc., Randall Farmers Co-op Union and Rolling Hills Electric Cooperative. Michael McKinney of McPherson, Kansas, a junior in Feed Science and Management in Agricultural Economics. Co-op connections: McPherson Co-op Credit Union and MKC. Carlee Overturf of Johnson, Kansas, a senior in Agribusiness. Co-op connections: American Ag Credit, Pioneer Communications and Skyland Grain. Max Roby of St. Louis, Missouri, a senior in Agribusiness. Co-op connections: American Eagle Credit Union and Crawford Electric Cooperative, Inc. Christopher Weber of Hoxie, Kansas, a senior in Agronomy. Co-op connections: Frontier Ag, Inc. and Western Cooperative Electric Association.
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CHS Scholars Awards 2017-18

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. 
2017-18 Recipient:Matthew Hamon of Ozawkie, Kansas, a junior in Agricultural Economics. Co-op connections: FreeState Electric Cooperative, Inc. and Jackson Farmers, Inc.
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Triangle Insurance Scholarship 2017-18

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