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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 $55,960 were awarded for the 2021-2022 academic year, ranging from $1,500 - full tuition and fees for 15 credit hours for two semesters  The ACCC has awarded 421 scholarships totaling $945,616 on behalf of the cooperative community since 1985. 1985-2021 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.

2021-22 Recipients:  Summer (Smades) Santillana of Leoti, Kansas, a senior in Agricultural Economics. Co-op connection: Wheatland Electric Cooperative Bryston Warren of Odell, Nebraska, a junior in Agricultural Economics. Co-op connection: Farmers Cooperative (Dorchester)

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Barton Scholarship 2021-2022

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. 

2021-22 Recipient:  Jalen Tucker of Johnson, Kansas, a junior in Agricultural Economics. Co-op connections: Golden Plains Credit Union, Pioneer Electric Cooperative, Inc., Pioneer Communications and Skyland Co-op Inc.

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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). 

2021-22 Recipient:  Riley Sorrell of Edna, Kansas, a junior in Agriculture Education. Co-op connections: Bartlett Cooperative Association and Twin Valley Electric Cooperative.

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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). 

2021-22 Recipient:  Justin Brown of Caldwell, Kansas, a senior in Agribusiness. Co-op connections: Farm Credit of Enid, Farmers Grain Company (Pond Creek, OK), KanOkla Networks, Sumner-Cowley Electric Cooperative and Wheatland Electric Cooperative. 

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Lieber Scholarship

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. 

2021-22 RecipientsAlexis Hansen of Belleville, Kansas, a sophomore in agribusiness. Co-op connections: AgMark LLC, Central Valley Ag Cooperative, Cloud County Cooperative and Rolling Hills Electric Cooperative. Kinsey Harlan of Madison, Kansas, a senior in agribusiness. Co-op Connection: 4 Rivers Electric Cooperative. Ellie Schwertfeger of Turon, Kansas, a senior in agricultural economics. Co-op connections: Farmers Coop. Grain Co. (Abbyville), High Plains Farm Credit, Kanza Cooperative Association, Ninnescah Rural Electric Co-op, SCTelcom and Skyland Co-op.

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CoBank Scholarship

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. 

2021-22 Recipients: Hannah Ballard of Madison, Kansas, a junior in agribusiness. Sage Collins of Chanute, Kansas, a senior in agricultural economics and global food systems leadership. Co-op connection: Producers Cooperative Association; Ashley Hartman of Waterloo, Illinois, a junior in agricultural economics. Co-op connections: Farm Credit Illinois, Gateway FS and Monroe County Electric Cooperative. Caleb Stout of Cottonwood Falls, Kansas, a sophomore in agricultural economics and global food systems leadership. Co-op connections: Flint Hills Rural Electric Cooperative and Frontier Farm Credit. Joseph Stout of Cottonwood Falls, Kansas, a senior in agricultural economics. Co-op connections: Flint Hills Rural Electric Cooperative and Frontier Farm Credit. Shymel Townes of Wichita, Kansas, a senior in agricultural economics; and Kaitlyn Urban of Louisburg, Kansas, a senior in agribusiness and spanish. 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: Grant Holle of Bremen, Kansas, a freshman in agribusiness; Rhett Larson of Diagonal, Iowa, a freshman in agribusiness; and Paige Vulgamore of Scott City, Kansas, a freshman in agricultural economics.

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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. 

2021-22 RecipientWalker Clawson of Meade, Kansas, a senior in agricultural economics and animal sciences and industry. Co-op connections: Cooperative Elevator and Supply (Meade), CMS Electric Cooperative, Dairy Farmers of America, Farm Credit of Western Oklahoma, MKC and United Telephone Association, Inc.

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Triangle Insurance Scholarship

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