Farm Credit East Gives $42,000 in College Scholarships

7/13/2013

Farm Credit East, the Northeast's largest agricultural lending cooperative, recently awarded $42,000 in college scholarships to 28 student recipients. Each student received a $1,500 scholarship to apply toward his or her higher education.

"This year's scholarship recipients aspire to make a difference in their communities and are well on their way to becoming agriculture's future leaders," said CEO Bill Lipinski. "Our program supports students with diverse career aspirations in agriculture, commercial fishing and the forest products industries from across our six-state territory. Our board of directors and staff sends its congratulations to these deserving students and best wishes for a successful educational experience."

Here are this year's Farm Credit East scholarship recipients, listed by the branch office they represent:

New England Recipients
.  From the Bedford, N.H., office territory: Amy Drogue, of Derry, N.H., is studying biomedical science/pre-vet at the University of New Hampshire. Her goal is to become a large animal veterinarian.

.  From the Claverack, N.Y., office territory: Emily Chittenden, of Schodack Landing, N.Y., will be studying agricultural science at Cornell University to pursue a career in agribusiness.

.  From the Dayville, Conn., office territory: Hillary Breene, of West Greenwich, R.I., studies agribusiness at Kansas State University. She aspires to work in agricultural public policy. Lauren Finger, of Lebanon, Conn., will attend the University of Connecticut to major in animal science. Her goal is to become a small animal or equine veterinarian. Max Wolf, of Lebanon, Conn., attends Pennsylvania State University, where he is majoring in animal science. He plans a career in dairy marketing and analysis.

.  From the Enfield, Conn., office territory: Matthew Fletcher, of Southampton, Mass., will be majoring in animal science at SUNY Morrisville State College. He aspires to become a dairy farmer.

.  From the Middleboro, Mass., office territory: Mariah Allen, of Rochester, Mass., will attend Massachusetts Maritime Academy, where she will major in marine safety and environmental protection. She plans a career as an environmental safety officer.

.  From the Middletown, N.Y., office territory: Carly Aravena, of Bethel, Conn., will be attending SUNY Morrisville State College to major in animal science. She plans a career in dairy production.

New Jersey Recipients
.  From the Bridgeton, N.J., office territory: Kaitlyn Eachus, of Elmer, N.J., plans to attend Cumberland County College to major in agribusiness/dairy science. She will be working toward a career as a dairy herd manager.

.  From the Flemington, N.J., office territory: Peter Etsch, of Monroe Township, N.J., attends Delaware Valley College, where he is studying crop science as he works toward a career as a farm owner/manager. Tyler Gravatt, of Allentown, N.J., plans to attend the University of Delaware to study mechanical engineering. He plans a career as a mechanical engineer.

New York Recipients
.  From the Batavia, N.Y., office territory: Claire Mulligan, of Avon, N.Y., is studying animal science at Cornell University as she works toward a career in agribusiness. Marissa Rice, of Avon, N.Y., plans to study biology/pre-vet at Cornell University. She aspires to become a large animal veterinarian. Maxwell Russell, of Appleton, N.Y., attends Cornell University where he is majoring in applied economics and management. He plans to become a farm owner/manager.

.  From the Cobleskill, N.Y., office territory: Clyde Sammons, of Johnstown, N.Y., will attend Cornell University to major in animal science. He plans a career in dairy herd and crop management.

.  Representing the Cortland, N.Y., office: Greer Doody, of Tully, N.Y., will be majoring in natural resource conservation at SUNY Morrisville State College. Her career goal is to become a conservation planner. Danielle Teed, of Watkins Glen, N.Y., is attending Alfred State SUNY College of Technology, where she is majoring in veterinary technology. She aspires to become a large animal veterinarian.

.  From the Geneva, N.Y., office territory: Stephanie Genrich, of Rochester, N.Y., attends The Ohio State Agricultural Technical Institute, where she is majoring in garden center and greenhouse management with an eye toward a career as a farm manager. Jenna Hill, of Clyde, N.Y., is working toward a career as a large animal veterinarian at Houghton College, where she is majoring in biology/pre-vet.

.  From the Greenwich, N.Y., office territory: Mary-Elizabeth Foote, of Hartford, N.Y., is attending Penn State University, where she is majoring in agricultural education and extension. She aspires to a career in agricultural communications. Sam McDermott, of Granville, N.Y., is working toward a career in produce distribution at Cornell University, where he is majoring in food science.

.  Representing the Hornell, N.Y., office territory: Leann Green, of Troupsburg, N.Y., is majoring in agricultural communications at SUNY Cobleskill. She plans a career as an agriculture educator.

.  From the Middletown, N.Y., office territory: Stephen Pennings, of Warwick, N.Y., attends Cornell University, where he is majoring in agricultural sciences. He is working toward a career in agribusiness.

.  From the Potsdam, N.Y., office: Eric Putman, of Heuvelton, N.Y., is working toward a doctorate of veterinary medicine at Purdue University. He plans a career as a farm owner/large animal veterinarian.

.  Representing the Riverhead, N.Y., office: Kendra Ellis, of Astoria, N.Y., attends Cornell University, where she is majoring in agriculture science. She is working toward a career as a farm owner/manager. Tristan Keil, of Mattituck, N.Y., will be attending Cornell University to major in animal science as he works toward a career as a large animal veterinarian.

.  From the Sangerfield, N.Y., office territory: Rayne Paddock, of Remsen, N.Y., is majoring in dairy science at Cornell University. Paddock aspires to become a farm owner/manager. Quade Kirk, of Ava, N.Y., attends SUNY Cobleskill. Kirk majors in agricultural business as he works toward a career in agricultural sales.

The Farm Credit East scholarship program is for college-bound students with career aspirations in agriculture, forest products and commercial fishing. Farm Credit East makes a strong commitment to promoting diversity as part of the scholarship program.

The industries supported by this scholarship are key contributors to the economy of the Northeast, providing billions of dollars of economic activity and extensive employment throughout the region. To be a candidate for a 2014 scholarship, contact a Farm Credit East branch office or visit FarmCreditEast.com. Applications will be available in January 2014.