$50,000 in Scholarships Awarded by Sunrise Cooperative

May 15, 2023


Scholarships Awarded by Sunrise Cooperative

Fremont, Ohio – May 15, 2023 - Sunrise Cooperative, Inc. is pleased to announced its recipients of their annual Sunrise Cooperative college scholarships. This year Sunrise offered fifty, $1,000 scholarships for common stockholder's and/or employee' children and grandchildren. A total of 201 students entered to compete for the common stockholder scholarships, while 23 competed for the employee scholarships. All students awarded are or will be enrolled in a two or four-year college program. Over the past twelve years, Sunrise has awarded more than $600,000 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. The scholarship winners will be awarded the $1,000 to be used during the 2023-2024 fall and spring semesters.

Terra State Community College in Fremont reviewed the written entries and narrowed them down to the finalists for each scholarship. Each finalist was invited to an oral interview to discuss his or her interest in agriculture and future education plans.

“We see the importance of investing in our future leaders, and we are honored to be able to do so,” said George D. Secor, President/CEO of Sunrise. “Sunrise is committed to helping our communities and these scholarships provide a way for us to give our youth a jumpstart to reaching their career goals.”

Below is a complete list of scholarship recipients. For more information about the scholarship program, contact Morgan Niedermier, Vice President of Marketing at 419-332-6468 extension 222 or by email at morganniedermier@sunriseco-op.com.


Stockholder Scholarship Recipients

Avery Abfall of Avon, Ohio. Avery attends Avon High School and plans to attend Purdue University to pursue Biomedical Health Sciences. Avery receives their eligibility from stockholder Abfall Family Farms LLC (grandfather).
 
Dylan Bambauer of New Bremen, Ohio. Dylan attends New Bremen High School and leaning towards attending the University of Dayton to pursue Mechanical Engineering. Dylan receives his eligibility from stockholder Rob Bambauer (father).
 
Rachel Barrett of Rockford, Ohio. Rachel attends The Ohio State University and is pursuing a degree in Food Science and Technology. Rachel receives her eligibility from stockholder Red Barn Farms Enterprise LLC - David and Jennifer Barrett (parents).
 
Morgan Baxter of Willard, Ohio. Morgan attends The University of Findlay and is pursuing a bachelor’s in Animal Science - Pre Veterinary. Morgan receives her eligibility from stockholder Troy Baxter (father).
 
Erin Bergman of Yorkshire, Ohio. Erin attends Marion Local High School and plans to attend The Ohio State University to pursue a Masters degree. Erin receives her eligibility from stockholder Brent Bergman (father).
 
Nathan Boerger of Sidney, Ohio. Nathan attends Fort Loramie Jr/Sr High School and plans to attend The Ohio State University to pursue a degree in Agribusiness and Applied Economics. Nathan receives his eligibility from stockholder Boerger Bros LLC (father).
 
Jenna Calfo of Wellington, Ohio. Jenna attends Ashland University and is pursuing a degree in Primary Grades Education/Special Education. Jenna receives her eligibility from stockholder Roger Mohrman (grandfather).
 
Alaina Collins of Wellington, Ohio. Alaina attends Wellington High School and plans to attend The University of Akron to pursue a bachelors in Nursing. Alaina receives her eligibility from stockholder Roger Mohrman (grandfather).
 
Andrea Esselburn of Shreve, Ohio. Andrea attends The Ohio State University and is pursuing a Bachelor's of Science in Food Business Management. Andrea receives her eligibility from stockholder Tom Esselburn, Esselburn Grain and Cattle Farm LLC (father).
 
Jewelyonna Ferkel of Clyde, Ohio. Jewelyonna attends Clyde High School and plans to attend The Ohio State University to pursue a bachelor’s in Chemistry. Jewelyonna receives her eligibility from stockholder Thomas Ferkel, TC Ferkel Farm LLC (grandparent).
 
Logan Hanes of Bloomville, Ohio. Logan attends Buckeye Central High School and plans to attend The Ohio State University - Mansfield to pursue a bachelor’s in Engineering Technology. Logan receives his eligibility from stockholder Richard Hanes, Hanes Farm (father).
 
Brooke Hannam of Tiffin, Ohio. Brooke attends The Ohio State University and is pursuing a degree in Human Development and Family Science. Brooke receives her eligibility from stockholder Dan Cleveland (grandfather).

Bryce Hannam of Tiffin, Ohio. Bryce attends Mohawk High School and plans to attend The Ohio State University to pursue Engineering. Bryce receives his eligibility from stockholder Dan Cleveland (grandfather).
 
Aidan Harbage of South Charleston, Ohio. Aidan attends Global Impact Stem Academy and plans to attend Mississippi State University to pursue Animal Science Beef Production. Aidan receives his eligibility from stockholder Harbage Farms Partnership (parents).
 
Claire Henry of Springfield, Ohio. Claire attends Greenon High School and plans to pursue Aviation Technology/professional pilot in college. Claire receives her eligibility from stockholder John Douglas Ferguson (grandparent).
 
Cheyenne Hill of Quincy, Ohio. Cheyenne attends Indiana Wesleyan and is pursuing a degree in Exercise Science. Cheyenne receives her eligibility from stockholder Lowell Hill (grandfather).
 
Sarah Hoak of Shelby, Ohio. Sarah attends Plymouth High School and plans to attend The Ohio State University to pursue Sustainable Agriculture. Sarah receives her eligibility from stockholder Orva E. Dawson Jr. (grandparent).

Honor Hoffman of Corpus Christi, Texas. Honor attends Liberty University and is pursuing a degree in English. Honor receives her eligibility from stockholder Craig Cook (grandfather). 

Allison Kinney of Lewistown, Ohio. Allison attends Indian Lake High School and plans to attend The Ohio State University to pursue Agricultural Communications. Allison receives her eligibility from stockholder Samuel Kinney (father).
 
Ethan Klotz of Risingsun, Ohio. Ethan attends Bowling Green State University and is pursuing a degree in Accounting. Ethan receives his eligibility from stockholder Rebecca Geyman (mother).
 
William "John" Knapke of Ft. Recovery, Ohio. John attends the University of Notre Dame and is pursuing a degree in Finance. John receives his eligibility from stockholder Meiring Poultry Farm LLC, Bill Knapke (father).
 
Olivia Lange of St. Henry, Ohio. Olivia attends Bowling Green State University and is pursuing a degree in Nursing. Olivia receives her eligibility from stockholder Nick Lange (father).
 
Allison Lust of Bucyrus, Ohio. Allison attends The Ohio State University and is pursuing a bachelor’s of Education. Allison receives her eligibility from stockholder Lust Farms Partnership, Matthew Lust (grandfather/father).
 
Leah Meyer of Anna, Ohio. Leah attends Anna High School and plans to attend The Ohio State University to pursue Agricultural Communications. Leah receives her eligibility from stockholder Gregory Meyer (parent).
 
Allison Michaels of Clyde, Ohio. Allison attends Bellevue High School and plans to attend Wilmington College to pursue bachelor’s of Agricultural Education. Allison receives her eligibility from stockholder Keith Michaels (father).
 
Halle Miller of Vickery, Ohio. Halle attends The Ohio State University and is pursuing a degree in Agribusiness and Applied Economics. Halle receives her eligibility from stockholder Wesley Miller (grandfather).
 
Austin Monnin of Troy, Ohio. Austin attends the University of Cincinnati and is pursuing a degree in Business Administration and Finance. Austin receives his eligibility from stockholder Carl McEldowney (grandfather).
 
Braden Monnin of Troy, Ohio. Braden attends the University of Cincinnati and is pursuing a bachelor’s in Computer Science. Braden receives his eligibility from stockholder Carl McEldowney (grandfather).
 
Allison Morlock of West Salem, Ohio. Allison attends Norwayne High School and plans to attend Ashland University to pursue a degree in Early Childhood Education PreK-5. Allison receives her eligibility from stockholder Morlock Grain Farms LLC (father/grandfather).
 
Carson Motter of Wapakoneta, Ohio. Carson attends Botkins High School and plans to attend BGSU or Findlay University to pursue a degree in Sports Management. Carson receives his eligibility from stockholder Larry Copeland (grandfather).
 
Ashley Schroeder of Leipsic, Ohio. Ashley attends Leipsic High School and plans to attend Owens Community College to pursue Business Management Technology. Ashley receives her eligibility from stockholder Shanktown Farms/Denny Schroeder (grandfather).
 
Lantz Snavely of Republic, Ohio. Lantz attends Seneca East and plans to attend The Ohio State University to pursue a bachelor’s degree. Lantz receives his eligibility from stockholder Snavely Farms LLC (father).
 
Caleb Stone of Troy, Ohio. Caleb attends Miami East High School and plans to attend Cedarville University to pursue a bachelor’s degree. Caleb receives his eligibility from stockholder Daniel Runyan (grandfather).
 
Ashley Tate of Shreve, Ohio. Ashley attends The Ohio State University and is pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Communications. Ashley receives her eligibility from stockholder Tate Farms (father).
 
Alex Theis of Bloomville, Ohio. Alex attends The Ohio State University and is pursuing a degree in Agronomy. Alex’s eligibility is from stockholder Cris Theis (father).
 
Addison Thompson of Kinsman, Ohio. Addison attends Badger High School and plans to attend Kent State University to pursue Speech Pathology. Addison receives her eligibility from stockholder Heritage Hill Farm/Chad Thompson (father).
 
Leah Walter of Saint Marys, Ohio. Leah attends the University of Toledo and is pursuing a degree in Environmental Engineering. Leah receives her eligibility from stockholder Jay Elshoff (grandfather).
 
Kathleen Woodruff of Wakeman, Ohio. Kathleen attends Western Reserve High School and plans to attend The Ohio State University to pursue Agriscience Education. Kathleen receives her eligibility from stockholder New Legacy Farms Partnership (father).

McKenna Woodruff of Wakeman, Ohio. McKenna attends Ashland University and is pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Dietetics. McKenna receives her eligibility from stockholder New Legacy Farms Partnership (father).
 
Laura Wuebker of Versailles, Ohio. Laura attends Oklahoma State University and is pursuing a degree in Agriculture Communications and Agribusiness. Laura receives her eligibility from stockholder Wuebker Farms LLC, Jeff Wuebker (father).
 
Macy Young of Springfield, Ohio. Macy attends Greenon High School and plans to attend Oklahoma State University to pursue Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering. Macy receives her eligibility from stockholder Jay Young (father).
 
Employee Scholarship Recipients
 
Stephanie Altstaetter of Bellefontaine, Ohio. Stephanie attends Indian Lake High School and plans to attend Wilmington College to pursue a BS in Animal Science. Stephanie receives her eligibility from Sunrise Cooperative employee Phil Altstaetter (father).
 
Logan Frasure of Sidney, Ohio. Logan attends the University of Cincinnati and is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Engineering. Logan receives her eligibility from Sunrise Cooperative employee Shelly Frasure (mother).
 
Emily Hays of Springfield, Ohio. Emily attends The Ohio State University and is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Agriculture. Emily receives her eligibility from Sunrise Cooperative employee Fred Hays (father).
 
Garrett Houin of Lakeville, Ohio. Garrett attends West Holmes High School and plans to attend Ohio State ATI or the University of Tennessee at Martin to pursue an associate degree in Agronomy or a bachelor’s in Precision Agriculture. Garrett receives his eligibility from Sunrise Cooperative employee Craig Houin (father).
 
Cole Kamann of Monroeville, Ohio. Cole attends Monroeville High School and plans to attend Ashland University to pursue a bachelor’s degree. Cole receives his eligibility from Sunrise Cooperative employee Jason Kamann (father).
 
Dillon Liskai of Clyde, Ohio. Dillon attends Bowling Green State University and is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Adolescent to Young Adult Integrated Social Studies Education with a Minor in History. Dillon receives his eligibility from Sunrise Cooperative employee Bryan Liskai (father).
 
Austin Miller of South Charleston, Ohio. Austin attends Southeastern High School and plans to attend Wilmington College to pursue a bachelor’s in Agronomy. Austin receives his eligibility from Sunrise Cooperative employee Charlie Miller (father).
 
Taylor Niese of New Washington, Ohio. Taylor attends Ohio Northern University and is pursuing a degree in PharmD and a bachelor’s in Spanish. Taylor receives her eligibility from Sunrise Cooperative employee Erik Sobers (stepfather).
 
Chloe Vogel of Versailles, Ohio. Chloe attends Edison State Community College and plans to attend the University of Northwestern Ohio to pursue a degree in Business Administration. Chloe receives her eligibility from Sunrise Cooperative employee Dan Kremer (grandfather).

 
 

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