St. Paul, Minn., June 3, 2013 – Today St. Paul based AgriBank named two winners of the annual William J. Collins Scholarship.
To support the next generation of agriculture professionals, these scholarships are given each year to children of AgriBank District employees who are planning to pursue careers in agriculture. AgriBank offers this scholarship in partnership with Agriculture Future of America’s Leader and Academic Scholarship program.
This year’s winners are Lucas Bauer and Abby Resch.
Abby Resch is from Windom, MN and graduated from Windom Area High School where she has been active in 4H and Future Farmers of America and is a member of the National Honors Society. She is planning to attend the University of Minnesota: Twin Cities where she will study agriculture & food business management and English.
This education would help her in a future career in agriculture, she wrote in her application, as “The future of agriculture will depend on educating and communicating with the nonfarm population. I want to be part of that challenge.” Her father is an employee at AgStar Financial Services which serves rural clients in Minnesota and northwest Wisconsin.
Lucas Bauer is from Brownsville, WI and recently graduated from Lomira High School where he was a National Honors Society Member and dedicated considerable time to community service. He is planning to attend the University of Wisconsin-Platteville where he will study electrical engineering.
“I’ve chosen a career in engineering with the goal of taking technology and making it workable and cost effective on the farm,” he said in his application. His mother is an employee at Badgerland Financial which serves rural clients in Wisconsin.
William J. Collins Scholarships are awarded each year to graduating high school seniors who are children of AgriBank District employees who are planning to pursue a bachelor’s degree in an agriculture-related, four-year degree program. Generally, two $1,500 awards are made each year.