The Compeer Financial Fund for Rural America, the corporate giving program of Compeer Financial, has awarded 120 graduating high school seniors with a $1,500 educational scholarship. Recipients were chosen from across Compeer Financial’s three-state territory of Illinois, Minnesota and Wisconsin.Scholarship recipients were chosen based on their academic achievement, essay writing and involvement in agricultural and community organizations.Illinois recipients:Emma Freebairn, Ottawa Isaac Brockman, Verona Jacob Meyer, Newark Joey Thomas, Mazon Miriam Hoffman, Earlville Rachel Nelson, Seneca Avery Plote, Leland Jarrod Pritchett, Sycamore Jillian Milton, Kankakee Kyler Masching, Cabery Emma James, Manito Haley Nieuwkoop, Manito Jaycie Schertz, El Paso Sophia Short, Topeka Garrett Rhode, Carlock Jaden Thompson, Bloomington Hannah Austman, Forrest Karson Kimpling, Flanagan Avery Yung, Alexis Loren Streitmatter, Brimfield Gage Miller, Cambridge Gunner Spivey, Galva Jenna Welch, Alpha Lauren Curry, Alpha Madisen Winter, Kewanee Case Hennenfent, Gilson Kendra Cain, Princeton Luke Lovgren, Princeton Stephanie Gripp, Sheffield Thomas Stamberger, La Moille Charley Hensley, Bushnell Collin White, Forest City Ryan Berry, Nauvoo Alayna Scranton, Pittsfield Iva Welbourne, Pittsfield Nathan Hoover, Pearl Philip Hildebrand III, Mendon Addison Keltner, Pearl City Austin Strite, Oregon Grace Mongan, OregonMinnesota recipients:Abigail Widmer, Gaylord Amber Schmidt, Glencoe Adler Nelson, Andover Emily Kath, Sauk Rapids Gavin Suska, Royalton Kaitlyn Czeck, Holdingford Colton Ivers, Austin Creighton Sauer, Lewiston Emma Holst, Brownsdale Gabriela Staub, West Concord Jacob Twohey, Stewartville Jacob Welch, Spring Valley Kendra Waldenberger, Spring Grove Kolton Arndorfer, LeRoy Makayla Arendt, Mazeppa Martha Moenning, Hayfield Morgan Small, St. Charles Nora Jahn, Spring Valley Brianna Ulrich, Good Thunder Cassidy Hoffmann, Sleepy Eye Isaac Rynda, Montgomery Jared Hohenstein, Lake Crystal Jennifer Wear, Nicollet Lexi Hansen, Good Thunder Sean Miller, St. Peter Amanda Kelling, Pine Island Christine Moening, Lakeville Jay Dicke, Goodhue Justin Thomforde, Goodhue Alyssa Williamson, Sherburn Carson Kahler, Sherburn Ryan Hansen, Freeborn Zoe’ Gerlach, Glenville Dakota John, Lismore Dalton Piotter, Jeffers Nathan Overgaard, Luverne Nicholas Potthoff, Dunnell Paige Madison, RushmoreWisconsin recipients:Clayton Walsh, Lyndon Station Karalynn Cutsforth, Montello Matthew Ryherd, Reedsburg Bree Gaffney, Barneveld Miranda Swaziek, Muscoda Rebecca Gilbertson, Spring Green Kathleen Yanke, Prairie du Sac Kiley Henn, Deerfield Seth Cupery, Randolph Grant Buwalda, Waupun Elizabeth Bertram, Fond du Lac Karissa Juckem, Chilton Tyler Schmidt, Brillion Alex Turner, Ripon Elizabeth Ziegler, Fond du Lac Kaianne Hodorff, Eden Katrina Pokorny, Waupun Sarah Fleegal, Green Lake Teagan herman, Kewaskum Hannah Lemke, Fort Atkinson Kirstin Novak, Sullivan Brianna Breunig, Sheboygan Falls Alexis Boston, Milton Brenna Mullooly, Clinton Rachael Peterson, Cashton Morgan Woodhouse, Genoa Andrew Ernstmeyer, Hixton Tyler Berg, Arcadia Ben Anderson, Spring Valley Lauren Brand, Ellsworth Nathan Thompson, Woodville Allegra Larson, Clear Lake Jacquelyn Rosenbush, Sarona Kevin Kitchen, Augusta Kristi Getschel, Osceola Megan Pekula, Eau Claire Kristen Kohout, Fennimore Melody Hampton, Cassville Lindsey Pence, Monticello Natalie Allison, Argyle“This scholarship is one of the ways we at Compeer Financial aim to champion the hopes and dreams of rural America,” said John Monson, chair of the Fund’s Board of Trustees. “These scholarship recipients have already made an impact to their local, rural communities and we want to encourage them to continue doing great things in their future careers.”This is the second year for the scholarship program from the Compeer Financial Fund for Rural America, which has now awarded 225 students with a total of $337,500 in scholarships.
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