The Board of Directors of the Cook County Farm Bureau Foundation has selected 9 individuals as recipients of the 2016-2017 Scholarship Program. Thomas Poole of Chicago was awarded the Howard Paarlberg Excellence in Agriculture Scholarship for $3,000; Alyssa Volland of Tinley Park was awarded $2,000; Kelsey Macke of Arlington Heights received $2,000; Madeline Poole of Chicago was awarded $2,000 ($1,000 general scholarship and $1,000 Conserv FS scholarship); Xavier Morgan of Joliet received $1,500; Emily Petrucci of Roselle received $1,500; Colleen Elzinga of Evergreen Park received $1,500; Patrick Dziura of Glenview received $1,000 and Devan Groves of Cary received $1,000.
Howard Paarlberg Excellence in Agriculture Scholarship
This awarded scholarship is designed to honor Mr. Paarlberg, the first President of the Foundation and President of the Farm Bureau for 16 years. The recipient carries the prestige of being the top rated applicant and a greater financial reward for the individual.
Poole attends the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana with a major in Crop Sciences. He has been a member of the FFA Program and an active member of the CHSAS Horticulture Greenhouse Team. He seeks to help integrate the world of agriculture and the environment in urban areas as a career. Thomas is the son of Thomas and Susan Poole of Chicago.
Devan attends Oklahoma State University with a major in Pre-Veterinary with an Animal Science focus. Devan wishes to specialize in sports medicine not only because of her background with sport horses, but also because it entails job variation as well as new technological advances and room to consistently learn more. Devan is the daughter of Robert and Anna Lester of Cary.
Kelsey attends Illinois State University with a major in Pre-Veterinary Medicine. It has been a lifelong dream for Kelsey to be a small animal veterinarian by making a difference in the animal community. Kelsey has a strong interest in horses and has been riding for 10 years. Kelsey is the daughter of Ed and Kathleen Macke of Arlington Heights.
Volland attends the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana with a major in Pre-Veterinary/Animal Science and minor in Chemistry. Ever since Alyssa was assigned a career project in High School she knew that she wanted to be a veterinarian. The project made her aware of how demanding and competitive the career is and that attracted her even more to be a vet. Alyssa is the daughter of Randal and Lisa Volland of Tinley Park.
General Scholarship/Conserve FS Scholarship
Poole will attend the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana with a major in Agriculture and Biological Engineering. She hopes to concentrate in soil and water resource engineering, designing systems to control soil and developing irrigation systems for agriculture. Madeline is the daughter of Thomas and Susan Poole of Chicago.
Morgan attends Joliet Junior College with a major in Agriculture Business and Economics with a minor in Marketing. After obtaining his degree, Xavier has goals to be a productive citizen and contribute and give back as much that has been given to him. Xavier is the son of Vera Flournoy of Chicago.
Dziura attends the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana with a major in Agriculture and Biological Engineering. Patrick believes that by studying at U of I, he will be able to develop the knowledge and skills needed to reach his future goals. Patrick is the son of Wieslaw and Bozena Dziura of Glenview.
Elzinga attends Ripon College with a major in Veterinary Medicine. When Colleen is accepted to vet school, she plans to focus on larger animals since they appeal to her the most and the majority of animals that you commonly see on the farm. Colleen is the daughter of Dean Elzinga of Evergreen Park.
Petrucci plans to attend University of Colorado Boulder with a major in Environmental Engineering. In the future, Emily sees herself educating communities about the importance of sustainability and solving some of the perpetual problems that have followed hand in hand with the growth of industrial agriculture. Emily is the daughter of Frank and Tish Petrucci of Roselle.
The Cook County Farm Bureau Foundation was established by the Cook County Farm Bureau to carry out charitable, literary and educational work in Agriculture. The Foundation Board established the Agricultural Scholarship Program to provide financial assistance to students pursuing education for agricultural careers and to encourage the best and brightest young minds to return to Agriculture as their chosen career.
James Gutzmer, President of the Cook County Farm Bureau Foundation, says, “We commend each of the scholarship winners for the quality applications submitted. We congratulate these young agricultural leaders of tomorrow and we wish them the best in their academic studies and in their pursuit of ag-related careers.”
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