Katelyn Vincent, Meghan Blythe, Shelby Hill, Chaston Hoeme, Reagan Kays, Andrew Strasburg, Josh Sudbeck and Kendall Voth were selected to be the recipients of the 2012-2013 CHS University Scholarships.
Vincent is a sophomore at Kansas State University majoring in agricultural education with minors in agronomy and animal science and industry. She is a member of Collegiate Cattlewomen and serves as a College of Agriculture Ambassador.
Vincent serves as business manager of Alpha of Clovia 4-H Scholarship House and is also a member of the Ag Ed Club. She works on the family farm and has several internships planned. After graduation, Vincent plans to teach agricultural education and be an FFA adviser. The Vincent family is affiliated with Producers Cooperative Association, Craw-Kan Telephone Cooperative and Heartland Rural Electric Cooperative.
Meghan Blythe of White City, Kan., is a senior at K-State, majoring in agricultural economics. She is a member of the Kansas Junior Angus Association where she serves on the board of directors. Blythe has participated in two international study tours, one in China and one in Brazil. In addition to working on her degree, she is a student worker at Kansas State University and also works part time at Certified Angus Beef. Upon graduation, she plans to work as a livestock economist. The Blythe family is affiliated with North Central Kansas Co-op Association, Farmers Cooperative Association, Tri-County Telephone, Flint Hills Rural Electric Cooperative Association, Genex Cooperative and Frontier Farm Credit.
Shelby Hill of Satanta, Kan., is a senior at Kansas State University majoring in both agricultural economics and animal science and industry. She serves as an Agriculture Ambassador, as well as participates in AGEC/AGBUS Club, Kappa Alpha Theta and Collegiate Cattlewomen. Hill participated in an international study tour to Brazil. She is a student worker in the College of Agriculture and also works on Hill Farms. Upon graduation, Hill hopes to return to rural Kansas and work for a cooperative. The Hill family is affiliated with Pioneer Electric Cooperative, United Prairie Ag, Sublette Cooperative and Southwest Kansas Cooperative.
Chaston Hoeme, of Scott City, Kan., is a senior at Kansas State University majoring in agribusiness. He works for Hoeme-Hoeme Farms Inc. and is also the Hoeme sweet corn manager. Chaston is a member of the Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity and the Kansas State Ski and Snowboard Club. Upon graduation, he plans to return to the farm and become the fourth generation in his family to be a producer. The Hoeme family is affiliated with Scott Cooperative Association.
Reagan Kays of Weir, Kan., is a junior at Kansas State University majoring in agribusiness. He works as a government relations intern in the office of the president, Kansas State University and is a cattle ranch laborer for KCK Ranch. He also served as an intern in the Kansas Department of Agriculture through the Governor's Internship Program and went on an international study tour to Brazil. Kays participates in Collegiate Farm Bureau, AGEC/AGBUS Club and 4-H. He is active in many philanthropic activities as well including serving as a College of Agriculture Student Senator, College of Agriculture Ambassador, National 4-H conference delegate and Alpha Gamma Rho vice noble ruler for alumni relations. Upon graduation, Kays plans to earn a law degree in agricultural and food law. The Kays family is affiliated with Producers Cooperative Association and Affiliated Foods Midwest.
Andrew Strasburg of Elk City, Kan., is a senior at Kansas State University majoring in international agribusiness. He works in the Kansas Ag. Mediation Services office as a student assistant and at the K-State Challenge Course as a course facilitator. He also completed an internship in the Kansas Department of Agriculture through the Governor's Internship Program. Andrew served as the Kansas FFA state president from 2010-2011 and attended an international leadership seminar with the National FFA in Argentina.
He is a College of Ag Ambassador and a member of AGR Fraternity. After graduation, Andrew hopes to work as an economic foreign service officer and one day be a university professor. The Strasburg family is affiliated with Radiant Electric Cooperative.
Josh Sudbeck of Seneca, Kan., is a junior at K-State, majoring in agricultural economics and minoring in agronomy. He is a member of the AGEC/AGBUS Club and the Knights of Columbus.
Sudbeck participated in an international study tour to Brazil. He works for Sudbeck Family Farm and completed an internship with Bartlett and Co.
After graduation, Sudbeck hopes to work as an agronomist or producer.
The Sudbeck family is affiliated with Nemaha County Cooperative Association, Nemaha-Marshall Electric Co-op and Bluestem Electric Cooperative.
Kendall Voth of Newton, Kan., is a senior at Kansas State University majoring in Agribusiness. He has worked with Duerksen Harvesting and Voth Construction.
Voth is a member of the AGEC/AGBUS Club. After graduation, he hopes to work for a local cooperative. The Voth family is affiliated with MKC and Crossroads Credit Union.
To be eligible for the scholarship, students must be U.S. citizens or legal residents properly enrolled as a sophomore, junior or senior during the current academic year majoring in an agriculture-related undergraduate program. Students can reapply annually. Preference is given to those students who have shown an interest in cooperatives through completing a course on cooperatives or a course covering cooperative business structure or by completing an internship or aspiring to work with a cooperative. Students must have strong academic and leadership skills.
Awarding of CHS scholarships is coordinated through the Arthur Capper Cooperative Center, directed by associate professor Brian Briggeman and the Department of Agricultural Economics at Kansas State University. The ACCC provides research-based information, education and assistance to people with and interested in cooperative businesses, including cooperative members, directors, managers and employees. The center also works with students and faculty at educational institutions, the general public and public officials as well as owners, directors, managers and employees of agribusinesses.
"Additional contributions by those who want to support the purposes of cooperative scholarships are welcome," Briggeman said.
They should be made payable to "KSU Foundation/ACCC" and sent to the Arthur Capper Cooperative Center, Department of Agricultural Economics, 305 Waters Hall, Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kan., 66506.
Further information may be obtained about this scholarship or about establishing additional scholarships by contacting Briggeman at the same address or emailing, email@example.com.