Sunrise Cooperative awards $20,000 in scholarships to local youth

Sunrise Cooperative is announcing the recipients of their sixth annual Sunrise Cooperative college scholarships. A total of 151 students entered to compete for 20, $1,000 scholarships. All students awarded are or will be enrolled in a two or four-year college program. Over the past six years, Sunrise has awarded more than $90,000 in scholarships, and is excited to continue the program this year.

Applicants were required to compete in a scholarship essay contest, writing a minimum of one page on the topic of agriculture. Essays ranged from describing how agriculture affects peoples’ everyday lives to the importance of agriculture on our growing world population. Although the essay topic was agriculture focused, the contest was open to students of any degree, so long as they or a family member (parent or grandparent) is a member of Sunrise Cooperative.

Terra Community College in Fremont reviewed the written entries and narrowed them down to 46 finalists. Each finalist was invited to an oral interview to discuss his or her interest in agriculture and future education plans. From these interviews, 20 students were chosen for the scholarships.

“At Sunrise we make it a point to be involved in the community and show our support in any way we can, and awarding some of our local youth with scholarships is one way for us to be directly involved,” says George Secor, President and CEO of Sunrise Cooperative. “It is important for businesses like ours to be truly invested in helping our youth in their pursuit of further education.”

Scholarship Recipients:

Katelyn Avers of Elmore, Ohio.  Katelyn is currently a senior at Woodmore High School and plans to attend Ohio Northern University to pursue a Doctor of Pharmacy degree.

Allison Bender of Milton, Wisconsin.  Allison currently attends Milton High School, and has narrowed her school selection down to three schools:  St. Olaf, Beloit, or Carthage College.  She is undecided on her major.

Jacob Boyert of Seville, Ohio.  Jacob is pursuing a degree in Agricultural Business and Applied Economics at The Ohio State University.

Brian Depinet of Republic, Ohio.  While attending Ohio Northern University, Brian is pursuing a Doctor of Pharmacy degree.

Grant Ekleberry of Sycamore, Ohio.  Grant currently attends Mohawk High School.  In the fall he plans to pursue a degree in Business Administration from Ashland University.

Caraline Gilson of Lindsey, Ohio.  Caraline is attending Findlay University and is pursuing a Bachelor of Science Degree in Occupational Therapy.

Brett Grobe of Elyria, Ohio.  Brett is currently a senior at Elyria High School and plans to pursue a Bachelor of Science Degree in Agricultural Business from The Ohio State University, ATI.

Benjamin Hahler of Willard, Ohio.  As a senior at Seneca East High School, Benjamin is planning to attend Bluffton University in the fall to pursue a degree in Chemistry.

Justin Metzger of Shelby, Ohio.  Justin currently attends The Ohio State University where he is pursuing a degree in Agronomy.

Jessica Miller of Vickery, Ohio.  Jessica attends Clyde High School.  In the fall, she wants to pursue a degree in Marketing with a sales emphasis from Bowling Green State University.

Chloe Olszak of Orwell, Ohio.  Chloe presently attends Lake Erie College where she is majoring in Biology, concentrating in pre-vet studies.

Julie Russell of Pemberville, Ohio.  Julie is studying for a degree in Accounting at The Ohio State University.

Duane Shawk of Bucyrus, Ohio.  Duane attends The Ohio State University and is pursuing a degree in AgriBusiness and Applied Economics.

Dwight Shawk of Bucyrus, Ohio.  Dwight is majoring in Animal Science and Biology while attending the University of Findlay.

Nicholas Stelzer of Huron, Ohio.  Nicholas attends Huron High School, and plans to pursue a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Cincinnati University.

Winfield Such of Andover, Ohio.  Winfield is presently attending Pymatuning Valley High School and Kent State University (PSEO).  Upon graduation from high school, he is going to continue his studies at Kent State University to obtain his Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing.

Caleb VonStein of Shiloh, Ohio.  Caleb is currently enrolled at Ohio Northern University, where he is working toward a Doctor of Pharmacy degree.

Logan Walter of Nova, Ohio.  Logan is currently attending The Ohio State University and is pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Sustainable Plant Systems.

Kyle Wasserman of Fremont, Ohio.  Kyle is pursuing a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Toledo.

Jared Wynn of Ashland, Ohio.  Jared is studying for a degree in Animal Science and Industry at Kansas State University.

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