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2019 Sunrise Scholarship Recipients

May 01, 2019

Sunrise Cooperative, Inc. is announcing the recipients of their annual Sunrise Cooperative college scholarships. This year Sunrise offered forty $1,000 scholarships for common stockholder’s children and grandchildren and ten $1,000 scholarships for employee’s children and grandchildren. A total of 267 students entered to compete for the forty common stockholder scholarships, while 20 competed for the ten employee scholarships. All students awarded are or will be enrolled in a two or four-year college program. Over the past ten years, Sunrise has awarded more than $250,000 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 the use of various technologies on the farm to the importance of agriculture in our growing world. 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 or employee of Sunrise Cooperative.
 
Terra State Community College in Fremont reviewed the written entries and narrowed them down to 79 finalists for the common stockholder scholarship, and 17 finalists for the employee scholarship. Each finalist was invited to an oral interview to discuss his or her interest in agriculture and future education plans. From these interviews 40 students were chosen for the common stockholder scholarships, and 10 were selected for the employee scholarship.
 
“Our youth are the future, and it is our desire to invest in them and their education,” says Sunrise Cooperative President and CEO, George D. Secor. “We feel it’s important for Sunrise to be involved in our local communities – offering these scholarships are a way we can give back.”
 
Below is a complete list of scholarship recipients. For more information about the scholarship program, contact Tammy Myers at 419-332-6468 extension 207.
 
About Sunrise Cooperative:
Sunrise Cooperative, Inc. is a leading agricultural and energy cooperative located in Ohio. We are committed to bringing innovative choices and expert solutions to our customers. We know you have choices in the products and services you want, which is why we are tightly focused on your needs. Sunrise is 100-percent farmer-owned and is governed by a Board of Directors elected by our members. We return patronage to our members based on the cooperative’s financial performance each fiscal year. All corporate support is conducted from our corporate office located in Fremont, Ohio and is under the leadership of President/CEO George D. Secor.
 
SUNRISE COOPERATIVE STOCKHOLDER SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS:
 
Chris Baird of Springfield, Ohio. Chris is attending The Ohio State University and is pursuing a degree in Agricultural Systems Management. Chris’ eligibility comes from stockholder John Baird (grandfather).
 
Alexandria Bauer of Wapakoneta, Ohio. Alexandria will graduate from Wapakoneta High School and plans to attend the University of Cincinnati to pursue a bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering. Alexandria receives her eligibility from stockholder Ronald Bauer (grandfather).
 
Jenna Binger of Clyde, Ohio. Jenna will graduate from Bellevue High School and plans to study Biology at Bowling Green State University. Jenna receives her eligibility from stockholder Don Binger (father).
 
Bradyn Burke of Mount Vernon, Ohio. Bradyn currently attends Wilmington College and is pursuing a degree in Agronomy. Bradyn receives his eligibility from stockholder Thomas Burke (father).
 
Jenna Coffman of Nevada, Ohio. Jenna attends The Ohio State University and is studying Nursing. Jenna receives her eligibility from John Ehmann (grandfather).
 
Kristiana Dular of Grafton, Ohio. Kristiana will graduate from Midview High School and plans to attend Kent State University where she will pursue her bachelor’s degree in Biology and Genetics. Kristiana receives her eligibility from stockholder Nick Georgiafandis (grandfather).
 
Kole Egbert of Sidney, Ohio. Kole attends Sinclair Community College where he is studying Civil Engineering Technology. Kole receives his eligibility from stockholders Richard and Jean Egbert (grandparents).
 
Hannah Finnegan of Crestline, Ohio. Hannah is attending the University of Akron to pursue a career in Early Childhood Inclusive Education. Hannah receives her eligibility from stockholder John Finnegan (father).
 
James Fulton of Yellow Springs, Ohio. James is attending The Ohio State University and pursuing a degree in Agricultural Systems Management. James’ eligibility comes from stockholder Dennis Fulton (father).
 
Christina Gaerke of Russia, Ohio. Christina is attending The Ohio State University to pursue a degree in Agricultural Communication and a minor in Agribusiness. Erin’s eligibility comes from stockholder Steve York (grandfather).
 
Erin Gaerke of Russia, Ohio. Erin is attending the Ohio State University to pursue a degree in Ag Communication and Operations Management. Erin’s eligibility comes from stockholder Steve York (grandfather).
 
Emma Jahns of Fremont, Ohio. Emma will graduate from Fremont Ross High School and plans to attend West Virginia University to earn her bachelor’s degree. Emma receives her eligibility from stockholders Jeff and Kenneth Jahns (father and grandfather).
 
Nicholas Kearns of Mansfield, Ohio. Nicholas is attending the University of Cincinnati to study Aerospace Engineering. Nicholas receives his eligibility from stockholder Robert Fuhrer (grandfather).
 
Desirae Kerr of Titusville, Pennsylvania. Desirae currently attends Geneva College and is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. Desirae’s eligibility comes from stockholder Konrad Kerr (father).
 
Lea Kimley of South Charleston, Ohio. Lea is attending The Ohio State University and is studying Agricultural Communication. Lea receives her eligibility from stockholder Kelley Kimley (father).
 
Alex Koopmans of Goshen, Ohio. Alex is currently studying Agricultural Systems Management at The Ohio State University. Alex receives his eligibility from Dan Koopmans (father).
 
Chet Robert Margraf of McCutchenville, Ohio. Chet is currently attending Ohio Northern University to pursue a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering. Chet receives his eligibility from stockholder Bret Margraf (father).
 
Kayle Mast of London, Ohio. Kayle is pursuing her bachelor’s degree in Agronomy with a minor in Communication Arts at Wilmington College. Kayle receives her eligibility from stockholder Brian Mast (father).
 
Joshua Miller of Castalia, Ohio. Joshua will graduate from Margaretta High School and plans to attend Toledo University to study Environmental Engineering. Joshua receives his eligibility from stockholders Guy and Wesley Miller and Ralph J. Yocom (father and grandfathers).
 
Sarah Molyet of Fremont, Ohio. Sarah will graduate from Saint Joseph Central Catholic and plans to attend John Carroll University and study Marketing. Sarah receives her eligibility from stockholder John Molyet (father).
 
Adison Niese of Shelby, Ohio. Adison attends The Ohio State University and is pursuing a degree in Public Management, Leadership and Policy. Adison receives her eligibility from stockholder Roger Niese (father).
 
Amanda O’Reilly of Middlefield, Ohio. Amanda attends the University of Akron and is studying Mechanical Engineering. Amanda receives her eligibility from stockholder Kevin O’Reilly (father).
 
Kevin Palmer of Bethany, Oklahoma. Kevin attends Southern Nazarene University and is working towards a Bachelor’s in Nursing. Kevin receives his eligibility from stockholder Keith Palmer Sr. (grandfather).
 
Ruth Peart of London, Ohio. Ruth attends The Ohio State University where she is studying Vocal Performance. Ruth receives her eligibility from stockholder James Peart (father).
 
Cassandra Poeppelman of Fort Recovery, Ohio. Cassandra will graduate from Fort Recovery High School and plans to attend the University of Cincinnati to study Biology. Cassandra receives her eligibility from stockholder Gary Poeppelman (grandfather).

Katelyn Richardson of Alger, Ohio. Katelyn attends Bluffton University where she is pursuing a degree in Early Childhood Education and Intervention Specialist with a fourth and fifth grade Endorsement and a minor in Psychology. Katelyn receives her eligibility from stockholder Brad Richardson (father).
 
Dillan Schulze of Fort Recovery, Ohio. Dillan is attending Wright State University to pursue a degree in Electrical Engineering. Dillan’s eligibility comes from stockholders Jerry and Pat Watercutter (grandparents).
 
Jaret Shook of Bloomville, Ohio. Jaret is currently attending Ohio Northern University to pursue his Doctorate in Pharmacy. Jaret receives his eligibility from stockholder Brent Shook (father).
 
Clayton Slemmons of North Lewisburg, Ohio. Clayton is attending Mount Vernon Nazarene University to pursue a degree in Integrated Social Studies Education. Clayton earns his eligibility from stockholder Mike McCarren (grandfather).
 
Zachary Smith of Arcanum, Ohio. Zachary will graduate from Arcanum Butler High School and plans to attend Edison State Community College to earn an associate degree in Agriculture. Zachary receives his eligibility from stockholder Donald R. Rank of Prairie View Farms (grandfather).
 
Mikayla Snavely of Republic, Ohio. Mikayla attends Seneca East High School and following graduation plans to attend Bowling Green State University to pursue a degree as an Intervention Specialist. Mikayla receives her eligibility from stockholder Rodney Snavely (father).
 
Clare Sollars of Washington Court House, Ohio. Clare attends The Ohio State University where she is pursuing a degree in Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering; Food Specialization. Clare receives her eligibility from stockholder Jeffrey Sollars of Sollars Farms (father).
 
Rachael Stacklin of Mount Victory, Ohio. Rachael will graduate from Ridgemont High School and plans to pursue a bachelor’s degree at the University of Dayton. Rachael receives her eligibility from stockholder August Stacklin (grandfather).
 
Emily Stockmaster of Bloomville, Ohio. Emily attends North Central State College and is pursuing a degree in Forensic Science. Emily receives her eligibility from stockholder Thomas Stockmaster (father).
 
Katie Stull of Wooster, Ohio. Katie is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Agriculture Education at Purdue University. Katie receives her eligibility from stockholder Jim Tegtmeier (grandfather).
 
Sydney Treglia of Harrod, Ohio. Sydney will graduate from Allen East High School and plans to pursue a degree in Animal Science and Biology at the University of Findlay. Sydney receives her eligibility from stockholder Matt Treglia of Creek Bottom Farms (father).
 
Taylor Waldmannstetter of Oregon, Ohio. Taylor attends Mercy College of Ohio and is working towards an associate degree in Nursing. Taylor receives her eligibility from Troy Kagy (father).
 
Taylor Weickert of Lindsey, Ohio. Taylor is studying Accounting at Bowling Green State University. Taylor receives her eligibility from stockholder Scott Weickert (father).

Johnathan Wurm of New Washington, Ohio. Johnathan will graduate from Buckeye Central High School and he plans to attend Ashland University to study Accounting. Johnathan receives his eligibility from stockholder Donald Phenicie (grandfather).
 
Eric Zwemer of Vero Beach, Florida Eric attends Grand Valley State University where he is studying Finance. Eric receives his eligibility from stockholder Thomas Eugene Ward (grandfather).
 
SUNRISE COOPERATIVE EMPLOYEE SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS:
 
Madeline Altherr of Wapakoneta, Ohio. Madeline will graduate from Botkins High School and plans to attend The Ohio State University in Lima to pursue a degree in Animal Science. Madeline earns her eligibility from employee Bob Lucia (step-father).
 
Anna Brubaker of Burgoon, Ohio. Anna is graduating from Lakota High School and plans to attend the University of Toledo to pursue a degree in Finance. Anna earns her eligibility from employees Robert and Maria Brubaker (father and mother).
 
Zach Cleveland of Green Springs, Ohio. Zach currently attends Bellevue High School and plans to pursue a Doctorate Degree at Cleveland State University after graduation. Zach earns his eligibility from employee Brian Cleveland (father).
 
Courtney Heiser of Attica, Ohio. Courtney is currently attending Ohio State ATI and plans to attend The Ohio State University main campus next year to continue her bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Communication. Courtney’s eligibility comes from employee Shar Heiser (mother).

Hunter Kamann of Monroeville, Ohio. Hunter is studying Middle/High School Social Studies Education at BGSU Firelands. Hunter receives his eligibility from Jason Kamann (father).

Danielle Ott of Willard, Ohio. Danielle is currently attending North Central State College pursuing an associate degree in Nursing. Danielle receives her eligibility from employee Tony Ott (father).  

Elizabeth Ratliff of Norwalk, Ohio. Elizabeth is attending Brescia University and is studying Pre-Law and history. Elizabeth’s eligibility comes from employee Don Ratliff (father).

Daniel Ruffing of Norwalk, Ohio. Daniel attends Baldwin Wallace University and is studying Arts Management. Daniel receives his eligibility from employee Tom Ruffing (father).

Jacob Ruffing of Norwalk, Ohio. Jacob is attending Bowling Green State University to pursue a Bachelor of Science in Communication Disorders. Jacob receives his eligibility from employee Tom Ruffing (father).

Danielle Winner of Versailles, Ohio. Danielle is attending the University of Cincinnati and is pursuing a degree in Architectural Engineering. Danielle’s eligibility comes from employee Dale Winner (father).
 


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