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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 continuing students is to update your K-State Scholarship Network (KSN) profile/application by March 15th.  There are questions pertaining to the cooperative scholarships including membership connections to cooperatives (including agricultural, farm credit, credit union, rural electric and rural telephone cooperatives). 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. Note: We do not currently offer any scholarships to incoming Freshmen through our committee but three CHS Foundation Scholarships are offered to incoming Freshman through the Associate Dean's office. 

16 cooperative scholarships totaling $55,360 were awarded for the 2020-2021 academic year, ranging from $1,000 - $11,040The ACCC has awarded 405 scholarships totaling $889,656 on behalf of the cooperative community since 1985. 1985-2020 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.

2020-21 Recipients:Summer Smades of Leoti, Kansas, a senior in Agricultural Economics. Co-op connection: Wheatland Electric Cooperative Ciara Hodgkinson of Pratt, Kansas, a December graduate in Agribusiness. Co-op connections: Kanza Cooperative Association and Skyland Co-op, Inc.  

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Summer SmadesCiara Hodgkinson

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.  

 
2020-21 Recipient: Jessica Ambrosier of Norton, Kansas, a junior in Animal Science and Industry. Co-op Connections: Ag Valley Cooperative and Prairie Land Electric Cooperative.

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Jessica Ambrosier

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). 


2020-21 Recipient: Zebulon Sjolander of Belleville, Kansas, a senior in Feed Science and Management. Co-op Connections: CVA, Cloud County Co-op Elevator Association and Rolling Hills Electric Cooperative.

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Zeb Sjolander

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). 

2020-21 Recipient: Justin Brown of Caldwell, Kansas, a junior in Agribusiness. Co-op connections: Farm Credit of Enid, Farmers Grain Cooperative (Pond Creek, OK), KanOkla Telephone Assn., Sumner-Cowley Electric Cooperative and Wheatland Electric. Additionally, his mom works for the local telephone cooperative.

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Justin Brown

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. 

2020-21 Recipients:Kinsey Harlan of Madison, Kansas, a junior in Agribusiness. Co-op Connection: 4 Rivers Electric Cooperative. Brea Hostert of Atkinson, Nebraska, a senior in Agribusiness. Co-op connections: Central Valley Ag Cooperative and Niobrara Valley Electric Cooperative. Maria Kimzey of Fredonia, Kansas, a senior in Agricultural Economics and Global Food Systems Leadership. Co-op connection: 4 Rivers Electric Cooperative.

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Kinsey HarlanBrea HostertMaria Kimzey

 

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. 

  
2020-21 Recipients:MiKayla Deters of Fairview, Kansas, a senior in Agribusiness. Co-op connections: Ag Partners Cooperative, Berwick Cooperative Oil and Brown-Atchison Electric Cooperative. Alan Hinds of Lawrence, Kansas, a senior in Agricultural Economics. Co-op connection: FreeState Electric Cooperative. Luke Kaiser of Park, Kansas, a junior in Agricultural Economics. Co-op connection: Farm Credit of Western Kansas. Nicki Kirchhoff of Hardy, Nebraska, a junior in Agribusiness. Co-op connections: Aurora Cooperative, CVA and Rolling Hills Electric Cooperative. Thomas Smith of Windom, Kansas, a senior in Agricultural Economics and Global Food Systems Leadership. Co-op connections: Genex Cooperative and MKC. Shymel Townes of Wichita, Kansas, a junior in Agricultural Economics; and Kaitlyn Urban of Louisburg, Kansas, a junior in Agribusiness. Co-op connections: Central Prairie Co-op and Skyland Co-op. Three freshmen were also awarded CHS Foundation Scholarships through the College of Agriculture at Kansas State University: Caitlyn Craig of Quenemo, Kansas, a freshman in Animal Science; Riley Buss of Grantville, Kansas, a freshman in Agricultural Economics; and Aaron Maxwell of Paola, Kansas, a freshman in Agribusiness.

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MiKayla DetersAlan Hinds  Luke KaiserNicki KirchhoffThomas SmithShymel TownesKaitlyn Urban

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. 

2020-21 Recipient: Zachary Buessing of Baileyville, Kansas, a senior in Animal Science and Industry. Co-op connections: Ag Partners Cooperative and Nemaha-Marshall Electric Cooperative.

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Zachary Buessing

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