MANHATTAN, Kan. —Keren Duerksen of Newton, a sophomore in agronomy; Kaylin Fink of Chapman, a sophomore in agronomy; Ethan Fowler of McPherson, a senior in agricultural economics; Abigail Friesen of Colby, a junior in agricultural economics; Bret Gum of Johnson, a senior in agricultural economics; Samuel Liggett of Manhattan, Kansas, a senior in animal science and industry; Wyatt Pracht of Westphalia, a senior in agricultural economics; and Rachel Zimmerman of Satanta, a senior in agribusiness, have each been awarded a CHS Scholars Award through the Arthur Capper Cooperative Center and the Department of Agricultural Economics at Kansas State University.

Ethan Fowler is a student fellow for the Center for Risk Management Education and Research, as well as a member of the Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness Club. He is involved in Alpha Gamma Rho Fraternity, where he has served as the Scholarship Chair and Chapter President and has participated in a United Kingdom Study Abroad experience. Ethan has worked for the KSU Research Swine Farm and has had internships with Cargill and John Deere. Upon a May 2017 anticipated graduation, he hopes to find a career in the agriculture industry with a career path that will allow him to help producers grow their operations. The Fowler family is affiliated with the following cooperatives: MKC and Cooperative Credit Union.

“The CHS Scholars Awards are one way the CHS regional cooperative is giving back to future agricultural leaders at Kansas State University,” said Professor Brian Briggeman, director of the Arthur Capper Cooperative Center. The scholarship has awarded over $120,000 since 2006.

To be eligible for the scholarship, the students must be U.S. or Canadian citizens or legal residents properly enrolled as a sophomore, junior or senior during the current academic year majoring in an agriculture-related undergraduate program or STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) degree program. Students can reapply annually. Preference is given to those students who demonstrate academic ability, who intend to work in an ag or energy related career field, and exhibit leadership qualities through the university, community or industry. First preference will be given to students demonstrating an interest in agriculture-based cooperatives.

The awarding of the CHS Scholars Awards is coordinated through the Arthur Capper Cooperative Center. Additional contributions 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, KS 66506.