1st Farm Credit Announces Recipients of 2014 First Choice Ag Scholarships

This year, 24 students will receive a $1,500 scholarship to pursue a career in agriculture.

Published on: Apr 9, 2014

1st Farm Credit Services recently announced the 24 recipients of the 2014 First Choice Agriculture Scholarship.

The $1,500 scholarships are awarded to students who live in the association's territory. The scholarships support students who are pursuing a higher education in an agriculture field or a degree that will contribute to the quality of rural life.

2014 marks the year more than 500 students have received scholarships from 1st Farm Credit Services. The association has been rewarding high school scholarships for more than 21 years.

"Our commitment to building a prosperous future for agriculture starts with the investments we have made with our scholarship recipients," says 1st Farm Credit Services President/CEO Gary J. Ash. "These students – and those that came before them – cultivate a passion for agriculture and will become the future leaders needed in Illinois agriculture and rural communities."

1st Farm Credit Announces Recipients of 2014 First Choice Ag Scholarships
1st Farm Credit Announces Recipients of 2014 First Choice Ag Scholarships

Recipients were selected from a pool of 145 applicants based on their future commitment to rural America, academic achievement, community activities and agriculture involvement. An independent panel of leaders in farming, agribusiness, youth and education selected the scholarship recipients.

A banquet and formal presentation of the scholarships will be hosted by 1st Farm Credit Services for the students and their parents in June.

Sydney Bigger of Media
Bigger, a senior at West Central High School, is the daughter of Barry and Jody Bigger. She has been active in 4-H, FFA and American Gelbvieh Junior Association. In the fall, she plans to attend Kansas State University to pursue a degree in animal sciences and industry. She hopes to become a large-animal veterinarian in her home area.

Emily Bloemer of Bloomington
Bloemer, a senior at Heyworth High School, is the daughter of Paul and Sandy Bloemer. She has been active in FFA, Student Council and National Honor Society. In the fall, Bloemer plans to attend the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign to pursue a degree in agri-accounting. She hopes to become a Certified Public Accountant and continue to be involved in FFA and her community.

Kailyn Buchholz of Waterman
Buchholz, a senior at Indian Creek High School, is the daughter of Robert and Bonnie Buchholz and Julie Wilson. She has been active in 4-H, FFA and her church youth group. In the fall, Buchholz plans to attend the University of Wisconsin-Platteville to pursue a degree in agribusiness. She hopes to work in her local community selling agricultural seed, fertilizer or chemicals and work on the family farm.

Nathan Davidson of Newark
Davidson, a senior at Newark Community High School, is the son of Cory and Gena Davidson. He has been active in 4-H, FFA and Student Council. In the fall, Davidson plans to attend Joliet Junior College to pursue a degree in agriculture business. He hopes to work in the field of precision agriculture and become a troubleshooting technician to help farmers achieve maximum yields.

Quinn Gingerevans of Farmington
Gingerevans, a graduate of the Illinois Math and Science Academy, is the son of Michael Evans and Susan Ginger. He has been active in 4-H, volunteered for Meal on Wheels and is a Rotary Exchange Student in Slovakia. In the fall, he plans to attend the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign to pursue a degree in agricultural chemical engineering. He hopes to combat world hunger by developing products to improve agricultural yields.

Erik Gommel of Malta
Gommel, a senior at DeKalb High School, is the son of Mark and Laurie Gommel. He has been active in 4-H, FFA and marching band. In the fall, Gommel plans to attend Iowa State University to pursue a degree in agriculture systems technology. He hopes to work on farm equipment from a major corporation and return to work on the family farm.

Brooke Haag of Emington
Haag, a senior at Tri-Point High School, is the daughter of Michael and Trisha Haag. She has been active in 4-H, FFA and Kankakee County Swine Youth Team. In the fall, Haag plans to attend Illinois Central College to pursue a degree in agriculture education. She hopes to become an agriculture literacy coordinator and be part of the Agriculture in the Classroom program.

Emily Hanlin of Leaf River
Hanlin, a senior at Byron High School, is the daughter of Bill and Cindy Hanlin. She has been active in 4-H, FFA and American International Junior Charolais Association. In the fall, Hanlin plans to attend Joliet Junior College to pursue a degree in agriculture education. She plans to transfer to Western Illinois University to complete a four-year degree and become an agriculture teacher.

Noah Holm of Lee
Holm, a senior at Indian Creek High School, is the son of Scott and Kim Holm. He has been active in 4-H, FFA and basketball. In the fall, he plans to attend Black Hawk College to pursue a degree in animal science. He hopes to transfer to a four-year university and start his own cattle reproduction facility.

Emily Irwin of Belvidere
Irwin, a senior at Belvidere High School, is the daughter of Mark and Melissa Irwin. She has been active in 4-H, FFA and Illinois Junior Holstein Association. In the fall, Irwin plans to attend Kaskaskia College to start her pursuit of an animal science degree. She hopes to be part of the dairy judging team, transfer to a four-year university and have a career in the dairy industry.