James Barton Memorial Scholarship Added to KyCorn Member Benefits

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The Kentucky Corn Growers is proud to announce the availability of four scholarships to students pursuing degrees in agriculture or a related field from an accredited college, university, or trade school for the 2018/2019 school year:

  • Two $1,000 scholarships for high school seniors
  • $2,000 scholarship for an existing college student (undergrad or graduate)
  • $2,000 James Barton Memorial Scholarship for an existing college student (undergrad or graduate)

Either the student or the student's parents/guardians must be a Kentucky Corn Grower Association member to qualify. Applicants will be judged on academic performance (minimum GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale and minimum ACT score of 18 if required by the post secondary institution), citizenship, leadership, and the role they want to play in the future of agriculture.

Applications are available online and are due in the KyCGA office on March 9, 2018. Scholarship winners will be announced on or before April 13, 2018. 

"The association is happy to be able to provide these scholarships to our members' children," said KyCorn Board President Richard Strode, a farmer from Daviess Co. "We want to provide financial assistance to a broad range of students looking at a career in farming or agriculture. Academics will be a factor, but citizenship, leadership and the willingness to make an impact on Kentucky agriculture may be considered more."

KyCorn Board and Kentucky Corn Promotion Council members have been donating to a scholarship fund for several years. Distributing the money was approved in 2011 since the fund had grown large enough to support the program. This is the sixth year for the program. 

Anyone with questions should call 800-326-0906 or send an email to laura@kycorn.org

Where are they now?

Chelsea Daugherty was one of our first scholarship recipients in 2011. She attended Murray State and is now a Flock Advisor at Perdue Farms in Cromwell.

Lydia Richardson graduated from Western Kentucky University in 2015 and is part owner of her family's beef and grain farm in Brandenburg. 

Scott Sanders attended Murray State is now owner/operator at Sanwood Farms in Cadiz.

Zachary Gilles earned a degree in Integrated Strategic Communications from the University of Kentucky and is now the Marketing Manager for the Show Feeds Division at Alltech.

EducationJennifer Elwell