Kansas Youth Receive Nearly $20,000 in Scholarships

December 4, 2015 08:52 AM
 
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Nineteen scholarship winners for the 2015-16 school year were recognized during the annual Kansas Livestock Association (KLA) Convention December 2 in Wichita. A total of $19,500 was presented by the Kansas Livestock Foundation (KLF).
    
Elizabeth Wilk was chosen to receive a $1,500 Ralgro Wheels for Bucks (WFB) scholarship from Merck Animal Health and KLF. This award recognizes K-State veterinary school students with a career goal of being a large animal veterinarian. Wilk is the daughter of Kenneth and Sally Wilk from Osage City. She is a first-year veterinary student at K-State.    
    
Five Kansas students each have been awarded, through KLF, $1,000 Wheels for Bucks Scholarships. All are currently attending K-State. Tanner Aherin is the son of Dennis and Joyce Aherin from Phillipsburg. He is a junior majoring in agricultural economics. Rustin Ardery, the son of Shannon and Zandrea Ardery from Mullinville, is a junior majoring in animal science. Cooper Clawson is the son of Dan and Tamra Clawson of Meade. He also is a junior and is majoring in agricultural economics. Ty Nienke is the son of Robert and Julie Nienke from Lorraine. He is a sophomore majoring in agricultural education. Nathan Peterson, son of David and Marla Peterson of Assaria, is a senior majoring in agricultural technology management. This scholarship is presented to students entering or returning to a Kansas community or senior college and pursuing a degree in agriculture or a related field. WFB scholarships are funded by Merck’s donation of $1.00 for each used Ralgro wheel turned in to KLA.
    
Samantha Capoun has been awarded the $1,000 Cattlemen’s Scholarship from GoBob Pipe & Steel and KLF. Capoun is the daughter of Joe and Tracy Capoun of Alma. She is a junior attending Kansas State University and majoring in agricultural communications and agricultural economics. This scholarship is presented to a student entering or returning to a Kansas community or senior college, and pursuing a degree in agriculture or a related field.
    
Wyatt Durst of Morrowville has been awarded the $1,000 Cancrete Cattle Waterers Scholarship through KLF. Durst is the son of Ed and Jennifer Durst. He is a freshman at Hutchinson Community College majoring in animal science. This scholarship is awarded to a student entering or returning to a Kansas community or senior college and pursuing a degree in agriculture or a related field.   
    
Two $1,000 Glenn & Clyde Lindstrom Scholarships have been awarded through KLF to Justin Schmutz and Spencer Yenni. Both are attending Kansas State University. Schmutz, the son of Jan and the late Ron Schmutz from Salina, is a sophomore majoring in agriculture technology management. Yenni is the son of David and Kim Yenni of Lindsborg. He is a junior majoring in agricultural economics. This scholarship is awarded to students of sophomore level or above attending a Kansas junior or senior college and pursuing a degree in agriculture. Preference is given to students residing within the boundaries of Unified School District 400 in northern McPherson and southern Saline counties.  
    
Nine students from across the state have received $1,000 “Youth in Agriculture” scholarships from KLF. Lindy Bilberry is the daughter of Larry and Ann Bilberry from Garden City. She is a junior at K-State majoring in agribusiness. Kord Curran is the son of Joseph and Kim Curran of Farlington. He is a freshman attending K-State and majoring in agribusiness. Chelsey Figge, daughter of Keith and Beverly Figge of Onaga, is a junior at K-State majoring in agricultural education. Gabryelle Gilliam is the daughter of Jerry Gilliam and Cristi Gilliam, both of Washington. She is a freshman at K-State majoring in agricultural communications. Matthew Hamon is the son of John and Lisa Hamon of Ozawkie. He is a freshman at K-State majoring in agricultural economics. Dean Klahr, the son of Dennis and Eunice Klahr from Holton, is a freshman at K-State majoring in feed science. Kyler Langvardt is the son of Mitch and Jennifer Langvardt of Chapman. He is a freshman at K-State majoring in agricultural communications. Michael McKinney, son of Mark and Jana McKinney from McPherson, is a freshman at K-State majoring in animal science and leadership.  Elizabeth Patrick is the daughter of Don and Catherine Patrick of Tonganoxie. She is a sophomore at Highland Community College majoring in agricultural education. Funded by the KLF Club Calf Sale held during the Kansas Junior Livestock Show, these scholarships also recognize students entering or returning to a Kansas junior or senior college and pursing a degree in agriculture or a related field.
    
Another scholarship recipient honored was Kandace Griffin of Strong City. The 
K-State student earned a $1,200 scholarship from the Kansas CattleWomen (KCW). Griffin is the daughter of Justin and Katrina Griffin. She is a sophomore majoring in agricultural communications and animal science. This scholarship, funded by the KCW silent auction, is awarded to a student entering or returning to a Kansas community or senior college and pursuing a degree in dietetics, food safety, agriculture or a related field.
    
KLF was established in 1983 to operate solely and exclusively for charitable, scientific and educational purposes. For information about KLF scholarship opportunities or to receive an application, contact the foundation at 6031 S.W. 37th St., Topeka, KS 66614 or email letty@kla.org.
    
KLA is a trade organization protecting the business interests of independent ranchers, feeders and dairy farmers. Members of the association are involved in all segments of the livestock industry, including cow-calf production, backgrounding, cattle feeding, swine, dairy and sheep.

Source: Kansas Livestock Association

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