(Ralston) Six area high school students have been named recipients of West Central’s Excellence in Agriculture scholarship program. This year’s recipients include Brad Pickhinke of Sac City, Scott Opperman of Manning, Samuel Gehling of Manning, Kyle Youngblood of Jefferson, Gunnar Dinkla of Casey and Megan Collison of Rockwell City.
WC’s Excellence in Agriculture program has been in place since 1994, awarding scholarships to high school seniors interested in pursuing an education in an agriculture related field. The program is open to students who are – or have parents that are – voting members in good standing of West Central. Applicants must have a cumulative high school GPA of 2.5 or better on a 4.0 scale. This year’s recipients will each receive a $1,500 scholarship to the post-secondary institution of their choice.
Pickhinkie is a senior at East Sac County High School, Opperman at IKM-Manning High School, Gehling a senior at Kuemper Catholic High School, Youngblood will be graduating from Greene County High School, Dinkla a senior at Adair-Casey and Collison will be graduating from South Central Calhoun High School. All plan to attend Iowa State University.
“We’re excited to be able to offer this opportunity to area students. As agriculture becomes increasingly technical, a solid background and education is essential for young adults interested in entering the field. We certainly hope to see many of these young adults return to the area and our communities, and we’re happy to be able to provide them the assistance they need to do so,” remarks Rick Vanderheiden, West Central’s executive vice president of administration.