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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 $55,360 were awarded for the 2019-2020 academic year, ranging from $1,000 - $11,040The ACCC has awarded $834,296 in scholarships on behalf of the cooperative community since 1985. 1985-2019 Cooperative Scholarships Award Summary

David and Susan Barton Cooperative Leadership Scholarship: This scholarship will be awarded to one outstanding student 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.

2019-20 Recipients: Jacqueline Clawson of Meade, Kansas, a senior in Agricultural Economics and Business Marketing. Co-op connection: CMS Electric Cooperative, Cooperative Elevator and Supply (Meade), Dairy Farmers of America, Farm Credit of Western Oklahoma, MKC, United Telephone Association, Inc. Sara Gammon of Drexel, Missouri, a senior in Agricultural Economics and Global Food Systems Leadership. Co-op connections: Osage Valley Electric Co-op.  

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19-20 Barton Scholarship

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.  

 
2019-20 Recipient: Thomas Parsons of Dexter, Kansas, a junior in Agricultural Economics. Co-op Connections: American AgCredit, Caney Valley Electric Cooperative, Land O’Lakes, Inc., Two Rivers Consumers Co-op Association and Valley Co-op, Inc. 

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2019-20 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). 


2019-20 Recipient: Allayna Hanson of Concordia, Kansas, a senior in Agricultural Economics. Co-op Connections: American AgCredit, Cloud County Co-op Elevator Association and Rolling Hills Electric Cooperative. 

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Molz Scholarship 2019-20

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). 

2019-20 Recipient: Suzanne Huntley of Phillipsburg, Kansas, a senior in Agribusiness. Co-op connection: Prairie Land Electric Cooperative, Inc. 

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Lieber Scholarship 2019-20

CoBank Outstanding Student Scholarship: 

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 in the College of Agriculture 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. 

2019-20 Recipients:Jenna Crampton of Colby, Kansas, a senior in Agribusiness. Co-op Connections: CVA, Hi-Plains Cooperative Assn., Midwest Energy, Inc., S&T Communications and United Ag Service. Gracie Danner of West Liberty, Iowa, a senior in Agricultural Economics. Co-op connections: Consumers Cooperative, Eastern Iowa Rural Electric, Farm Credit Services of America and River Valley Cooperative. Maria Kimzey of Fredonia, Kansas, a junior in Agricultural Economics. Co-op connections: Radiant Electric Cooperative. Clara Wicoff of Iola, Kansas, a senior in Agricultural Economics. 

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CoBank Scholarship 2019-20

CHS Foundation Scholarship: 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. citizen, permanent resident of the U.S. or in the U.S. lawfully on a non-temporary basis. This scholarship program encourages students to pursue careers in production agriculture, agriculture business or related STEM fields. 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. Priority will be given to students demonstrating an interest in agriculture based cooperatives. 

  
2019-20 Recipients: Justin Brown of Caldwell, Kansas, a sophomore in Agribusiness. Co-op connections: Farm Credit of Enid, Kan-Okla Telephone Association, MKC, Sumner-Cowley Electric Co-op Inc. and Wheatland Electric Co-op Inc. John Garrett of Wakarusa, Kansas, a senior in Agribusiness. Co-op connections: MKC. Jenna Goetzmann of Gardner, Kansas, a senior in Agribusiness and Global Food Systems Leadership. Co-op connection: Frontier Farm Credit. Eli Ohlde of Clyde, Kansas, a junior in Agricultural Economics. Co-op connections: Bluestem Electric Co-op and Prairie Land Electric Cooperative, Inc.  Noah Scrimsher of Oskaloosa, Kansas, a senior in Agribusiness. Co-op connections: not affiliated with a cooperative. Colton Sutterby of Savonburg, Kansas, a junior in Agribusiness. Co-op connections: Heartland Rural Electric Cooperative and MFA Incorporated. Bryn Swearingen of Hiawatha, Kansas, a senior in Agricultural Economics. Co-op connections: Ag Partners Cooperative, Inc., Ag Processing, Inc (AGP), Brown – Atchison Elec. Coop. and Frontier Farm Credit. Three Freshman CHS Foundation Scholarships were awarded by the K-State College of Agriculture to Mary Klausmeyer of Wichita, Kansas, a freshman in agribusiness; Calder McCollum of Dodge City, Kansas, a freshman in agribusiness; and Sophia New of Overland Park, Kansas, a freshman in agricultural economics.

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2018-19 CHS Foundation Scholarship

Triangle Insurance Scholarship: This scholarship will be awarded to one or more outstanding students who are properly enrolled as a junior or senior during the academic year the scholarship is used and are 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. 

2019-20 Recipient:Reece Leonard of McDonald, Kansas, a senior in Agricultural Economics. Co-op connections: Beardsley Equity Cooperative Association, CHS, Decatur Cooperative Association, Frontier Ag, Inc.,  McDonald Co-op Equity Mercantile Exchange, Inc., Midwest Energy, Inc., Prairie Land Electric Cooperative, Inc. and United Plains Ag.

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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, ACCC Managing Director.