October 11, 2016 (MANHATTAN, Kan.) – Karly Frederick of Alden, Kansas, a senior in agribusiness; Allison Nickelson of Penokee, Kansas, a junior in agribusiness; and Kristin Stiebe of Kinsley, Kansas, a junior in agribusiness, have each been awarded the CoBank Outstanding Student Scholarship through the Arthur Capper Cooperative Center and the Department of Agricultural Economics at Kansas State University.
Karly Frederick is a member of Food for Thought and the Agriculture Economics and Agribusiness Club. She also serves as an ambassador for the College of Agriculture, is a student fellow for the Center for Risk Management Education and Research, was a Koch Discover Days Scholar and was a previous recipient of the CoBank Outstanding Student Scholarship. Karly has also participated in a study abroad experience to Ireland through the Agricultural Economics Department. In addition to school, she works on the Frederick Harvesting crew and has had internships with CoBank and Publix Supermarkets. Karly is anticipating a May 2017 graduation and would like to pursue a career in the agricultural finance industry. The Frederick family is affiliated with the following cooperatives: Central Prairie Co-op, MKC, Walters Cooperative Elevator Association, Ark Valley Electric Cooperative Association, CHS, Triangle Communications, Kanza Cooperative Association and Farmers Cooperative Grain Company of Abbyville.
Allison Nickelson is a member of the Agriculture Economics and Agribusiness Club and the Phi Eta Sigma Honor Society. In addition to school, she is a technical assistant in the Kansas State University Office of Admissions and works on Nickelson Farms. Allison anticipates a December 2017 graduation and wants to return to a rural community working in the Farm Service Agency, for an agriculture finance agency or for a crop insurance agency. The Nickelson family is affiliated with the following cooperatives: Frontier Ag, Inc., Scott Cooperative Association, Western Cooperative Electric and Nex-Tech Rural Telephone Cooperative.
Kristin Stiebe is a member of the Collegiate Cattlewomen and Collegiate Farm Bureau. She has served as an ambassador for the College of Agriculture and was a previous recipient of the CoBank Outstanding Student Scholarship. In addition to school, Kristin works as a teller at Farmers State Bank in Manhattan, Kansas, and has had an internship with First National Bank in Garden City, Kansas. She is anticipating a May 2018 graduation. Upon graduation, Kristin hopes to return to western Kansas and become employed as a farm loan officer or credit analyst. The Stiebe family is affiliated with the following cooperatives: Pride Ag Resources, American Ag Credit, Midwest Energy Incorporated, Golden Belt Telephone Association and Golden Valley Incorporated.
“The CoBank Outstanding Student Scholarships are one way CoBank contributes to the education of future agricultural leaders with an interest in a career in finance or banking at Kansas State University,” states Professor Brian Briggeman, director of the Arthur Capper Cooperative Center. This scholarship has awarded over $65,000 since 2006. To be eligible for a scholarship, students must be a sophomore, junior or senior in high academic standing in K-State’s Department of Agricultural Economics at the time the scholarship is received. Preference is given to students who are studying agricultural economics or agribusiness, who have demonstrated an interest in pursuing a career in banking or finance, have taken accounting or finance classes and are residents in one of the following states: CA, CO, CT, IA, KS, KY, MO, MN, NE and TX.
The awarding of the CoBank Outstanding Student Scholarships is coordinated through the Arthur Capper Cooperative Center. “Additional contributions by those who want to support the purposes of cooperative scholarships are welcome,” Dr. Briggeman said. They should be made payable to “KSU Foundation/ACCC” and sent to the Arthur Capper Cooperative Center, Department of Agricultural Economics, 305 Waters Hall, Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kansas. 66506.
CoBank is a $125 billion cooperative bank serving vital industries across rural America. The bank provides loans, leases, export financing and other financial services to agribusinesses and rural power, water and communications providers in all 50 states. The bank also provides wholesale loans and other financial services to affiliated Farm Credit associations serving farmers, ranchers and other rural borrowers in 23 states around the country.
CoBank is a member of the Farm Credit System, a nationwide network of banks and retail lending associations chartered to support the borrowing needs of U.S. agriculture rural infrastructure and rural communities. Headquartered outside Denver, Colorado, CoBank serves customers from regional banking centers across the U.S. and also maintains an international representative office in Singapore.
For more information about CoBank, visit the bank’s web site at www.cobank.com/.
About the Arthur Capper Cooperative Center
The Arthur Capper Cooperative Center provides research-based information, education and assistance to people with and interested in cooperative businesses, including cooperative members, directors, managers and employees. The Center also works with students and faculty at educational institutions, the general public and public officials as well as owners, directors, managers and employees of agribusinesses. Further information can be obtained about this scholarship or about establishing additional scholarships by emailing Brian Briggeman at firstname.lastname@example.org or visiting the Arthur Capper Cooperative Center website at http://accc.k-state.edu/.
Story by: Arthur Capper Cooperative Center Department of Agricultural Economics, Kansas State University K-State Research & Extension News