Sunrise Cooperative Awards $50,000 in Scholarships to Local Youth

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 282 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 $200,000 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 64 finalists for the common stockholder scholarship, and 15 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. 
 
“We feel it’s important for Sunrise to be involved in our local communities – offering these scholarships are a way we can give back to our youth,” says Sunrise Cooperative President and CEO, George D. Secor. “Our youth are the future, and it is our desire to invest in them and their education.”
 
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 a leading agricultural and energy cooperative spanning from the Ohio River to Lake Erie.
Serving approximately 7,000 member-owners, it operates multiple agronomy, grain, energy, and feed locations. Sunrise Cooperative is 100% member owned and is dedicated to helping its members achieve success.
 
SUNRISE COOPERATIVE STOCKHOLDER SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS:
 
Brooke Anderson of Xenia, Ohio. Brooke is attending the Ohio State University where she is pursuing a degree in Nutrition – Animal Sciences. Brooke’s eligibility comes from stockholder Doug Anderson (father) and Lamar Spracklen (grandfather).
 
Taylor Beard of Oak Harbor, Ohio. Taylor is currently attending Oak Harbor High School and will graduate spring of 2018. Taylor plans to attend the Ohio State University and pursue a bachelor’s degree. Taylor receives her eligibility from stockholder Madonna Beard (grandmother).
 
Korynne Berner of Springfield, Ohio. Korynne is attending Wittenberg University where she is studying Marketing. Korynne’s eligibility comes from stockholder Larry Berner (grandfather). 
 
Christina Bowen of DeGraff, Ohio. Christina is a senior at Indian Lake High School, plans to attend Ohio Northern University and study Chemistry/Pre-Med to become a pediatrician. Christina receives her eligibility from stockholder Max McGowan (grandfather).
 
Taylor Chamberlin of Milford, Ohio. Taylor currently attends the Ohio State University, will receive a B.S. in Human Development in 2018, and plans to continue on for her BSN. Taylor’s eligibility comes from stockholder Marvin L. Chamberlin (grandfather).
 
Jenna Coffman of Nevada, Ohio. Jenna will graduate from Wynford High School and plans to attend the Ohio State University to pursue Nursing. Jenna receives her eligibility from John G. Ehmann (grandfather).
 
Megan Daubenspeck of Bucyrus, Ohio. Megan is currently attending Marion Technical College to study Sonography. Megan’s eligibility comes from Kenny Burger (grandfather).
 
Hannah Finneganof Crestline, Ohio. Hannah is attending the University of Akron to pursue a career in Early Childhood Education/Intervention Specialist. Hannah receives her eligibility from John Finnegan (father).
 
Calen Fledderjohann of New Bremen, Ohio. Calen is in his sophomore year at Wright State University and is pursuing a degree in Political Science. Calen’s eligibility comes from Mike Fledderjohann (father).
 
Alex Forehand of Attica, Ohio. Alex is graduating from Seneca East High School and has plans to attend the University of Findlay to pursue a Doctorate in Pharmacy. Alex’s eligibility comes from stockholder Leon H. Miller (grandfather).
 
Evan Fritz of Willard, Ohio. Evan is currently a sophomore at the University of Akron, pursuing a degree in Engineering. Evan receives his eligibility from stockholder Patrick Fritz (father).
 
James Fulton of Yellow Springs, Ohio. James is graduating from Greenon High School and plans to attend the Ohio State University to pursue a degree in Agricultural Systems Management. James’ eligibility comes from stockholder Fulton Brothers (father).
 
Erin P. 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 Stephen York (grandfather). 
 
Erin Heilman of Spencer, Ohio. Erin is currently attending the University of Cincinnati to pursue a bachelor’s degree. Erin receives her eligibility from stockholder Richard Heilman (father).
 
Courtney Heiser of Attica, Ohio. Courtney is graduating from Seneca East High School and plans to attend Ohio State ATI to pursue a bachelor’s degree in Ag Communication. Courtney’s eligibility comes from stockholder Irv Heiser (father). 
 
Emily Holcomb of Wakeman, Ohio. Emily presently attends Firelands High School and is planning to attend Bowling Green State University to study Biology. Emily receives her eligibility from stockholder Harland Holcomb (father).
 
Margaret F. Houts of Celina, Ohio. Margaret is attending Olivet Nazarene University to pursue a bachelor’s degree in Social Sciences Education. Margaret’s eligibility comes from stockholder Mark Hout of Houts Partnership (father).
 
Nicholas A. Kearns of Mansfield, Ohio. Nicholas is attending the University of Cincinnati to study Aerospace Engineering. Nicholas receives his eligibility from stockholder Robert Fuhrer Sr (grandfather).
 
Desirae Kerr of Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania. Desirae currently attends Geneva College and is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Accounting. Desirae’s eligibility comes from stockholder Konrad Kerr (father). 
 
Jacob Lesch of Fredonia, New York. Jacob is currently attending the Ohio State University to pursue a bachelor’s degree in Ag Systems Management. Jacob receives his eligibility from Heather Lesch (mother).
 
Michael Mallory of DeGraff, Ohio. Michael is attending the University of Cincinnati and is studying Industrial Design. Michael’s eligibility comes from stockholder Robert E. Maier (grandfather).
 
Chet 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).
 
Ian Mariner of Medina, Ohio. Ian is attending the University of Akron to pursue a bachelor’s degree in Statistics. Ian’s eligibility comes from stockholder Roseann Mariner (mother).
 
Kelsi Mariner of Medina, Ohio. Kelsi is attending the University of South Carolina to pursue a degree in Environmental Studies. Kelsi receives her eligibility from stockholder Roseann Mariner (mother).
 
Samantha Oswalt of Greenwich, Ohio. Samantha is currently attending the Ohio State University to pursue a bachelor’s degree. Samantha’s eligibility comes from David Oswalt (father). 
 
Todd Peterson of Sabina, Ohio. Todd is pursuing a degree in Agribusiness and Applied Economics from the Ohio State University. Todd receives his eligibility from stockholder Robert (Bob) Peterson (father).
 
Logan Phillips of Belle Center, Ohio. Logan is graduating from Benjamin Logan High School and plans to attend Ohio University to study Psychology. Logan’s eligibility comes from stockholder Larry Phillips (grandfather).
 
Connor Rose of Fort Loramie, Ohio. Connor is currently attending Edison State Community College and plans to attend Wright State University to pursue a degree in Accounting. Connor receives his eligibility from stockholder Ron Rose (father).
 
Jackelyn Rospert of Milan, Ohio. Jackelyn is graduating from Edison High School and plans to attend Dayton University. Jackelyn’s eligibility comes from stockholder Sparky Weilnau (grandfather).
 
Emily Schafer of Springfield, Ohio. Emily is currently attending Bowling Green State University to pursue a degree in Inclusive Early Childhood Education. Emily receives her eligibility from stockholder Steve Schafer (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 Patricia and Gerald Watercutter (grandparents). 
 
Leah Schwinn of New London, Ohio. Leah is pursuing a Doctorate of Occupational Therapy at the Ohio State University. Leah’s eligibility comes from stockholder Robert Schwinn (father). 
 
Jaret Kendall Shook of Bloomville, Ohio. Jaret is currently attending Ohio Northern University to pursue a degree in Pharmacy. Jaret receives his eligibility from stockholder Brent Shook (father). 
 
Clayton Slemmons of North Lewisburg, Ohio. Clayton is currently attending Mount Vernon Nazarene University to pursue a degree in Integrated Social Studies Education. Clayton’s eligibility comes from stockholder Mike McCarren (grandfather). 
 
Brette Stockmaster of Attica, Ohio. Brette is currently a junior at Haverford College where she is pursuing a Bachelor of Art in Business. Brette’s eligibility come from stockholder Robert Geissman (grandfather). 
 
Jamie Summers of South Vienna, Ohio. Jamie is attending the Ohio State University to pursue studies in Animal Science. Jamie receives her eligibility from stockholder Mariam Lyons (grandmother). 
 
Summer Sweeting of North Fairfield, Ohio. Summer is pursuing an Associate of Science through Owens Community College. Summer’s eligibility comes from stockholder Don Sweeting (father). 
 
Cody Tegtmeier of West Salem, Ohio. Cody is graduating from Northwestern High School and plans to pursue a bachelor’s degree at The Ohio State University. Cody’s eligibility comes from stockholder Jim Tegtmeier (grandfather). 
 
Anne Thompson of Wilmington, Ohio. Anne is graduating from Clinton-Massie High School and plans to pursue a doctorate in Veterinary Medicine at Marietta College. Anne receives her eligibility from stockholder Richard Thompson (grandfather). 

Andrea Watercutter of St. Henry, Ohio. Andrea is currently a junior at Wright State University pursuing a degree in Mechanical Engineering. Andrea’s eligibility comes from stockholder Gerald Watercutter (grandfather). 
 
SUNRISE COOPERATIVE EMPLOYEE SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS:

Danielle Carruthers of Wakeman, Ohio. Danielle is attending Defiance College to pursue a degree in Social Work. Danielle receives her eligibility from employee Daniel Reep (grandfather). 

Kelsey Hendrix of Attica, Ohio. Kelsey is currently attending the Ohio State University to study Early Childhood Education. Kelsey’s eligibility comes from employee Jeff Zeiter (grandfather).

Hunter Kamann of Monroeville, Ohio. Hunter is graduating from Monroeville High School and plans to continue his education through BGSU Firelands. Hunter receives his eligibility from Jason Kamann (father). 

Taylor Niese of New Washington, Ohio. Taylor is graduating from Buckeye Central High School and plans to pursue a degree in Pharmacy at Ohio Northern University. Taylor’s eligibility comes from employee Erik Sobers (stepfather). 

Colton James Puder of New London, Ohio. Colton is currently attending Bowling Green State University to pursue a bachelor’s in Construction Management. Colton receives his eligibility from employee Jeff Puder (father).

Elizabeth Kathryn Ratliff of Norwalk, Ohio. Elizabeth is graduating from Norwalk High School and plans to attend either Brescia University or Columbia College to study Education or Pre-Law. Elizabeth’s eligibility comes from employee Don C. Ratliff (father). 

Jacob T. Ruffing of Norwalk, Ohio. Jacob is attending Bowling Green State University to pursue a Bachelor of Science in Speech – Language Pathology. Jacob receives his eligibility from employee Thomas J. Ruffing (father). 

Shelby A. Sipe of Oceola, Ohio. Shelby is currently attending the University of Toledo to pursue a Bachelor of Science. Shelby’s eligibility comes from employee Judy A. Sipe (mother).

Sara A. Wical of South Charleston, Ohio. Sara is currently attending the Ohio State University to pursue a degree in Strategic Communication. Sara receives her eligibility from employee Doug Wical (father).

Taylor Winner of Versailles, Ohio. Taylor is attending the University of Northwestern Ohio to pursue a degree in Accounting. Taylor’s eligibility comes from employee Dale Winner (father).