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Co-Alliance pledges $20,000 in academic scholarships to students

Monday, January 10, 2011

AVON -- High school students can now apply for the 2011 Solutions Scholarships. Co-Alliance LLP, which serves energy and agribusiness customers across Indiana, Ohio and Michigan, announced that 20 Solutions Scholarship awards will be presented to graduating seniors later this school year.

Co-Alliance created the scholarship program to benefit the children and grandchildren of local cooperative members who belong to Midland Co-op, IMPACT Co-op, LaPorte County Co-op, Frontier Co-op and Excel Co-op. Through this new program, more than $63,000 has already been returned to local students in recent years.

The one-time awards are for $1,000 each, and the two-page application is available on the company website at www.co-alliance.com. The deadline to apply is March 31. Applications have also been provided to area guidance counselors and may be a part of scholarship packets prepared by local schools. To receive this award, the student must be a child or grandchild of co-op members, plan to study agriculture in the future, and be on track to graduate after the spring 2011 semester.

Co-Alliance CEO Kevin A. Still views the investment as another example of the company's commitment to community and also to rural youth.

"Each year, these students show tremendous potential. Their dedication and passion to lead can be seen in their essays and in their achievements. We anticipate a very bright future for these local young people, and we're honored to put our financial support behind their endeavors," he said.

Co-Alliance delivers agronomy, seed, animal health, nutrition, grain marketing services, power fuel and home heat energy products to thousands of local farms, businesses and families through branch outlets in Indiana, Ohio and Michigan. Last year, students from all three states received awards.

For more information about Co-Alliance, contact the local branch or visit www.co-alliance.com.