One of the area's largest farmer-owned cooperatives is making an investment in the academic futures of 20 college-bound local students this year, thanks to the Co-Alliance Solutions Scholarship program.
In the fifth consecutive year of the program, Co-Alliance has surpassed the $100,000-mark in awards presented locally since the scholarship started.
Co-Alliance serves energy and agribusiness customers across Indiana, Ohio and Michigan, and its farmer-directors have again committed $20,000 in academic awards to be presented in scholarships among children and grandchildren of co-op members.
One-time awards of $1,000 each will go to deserving high school seniors who plan to go into the study of agriculture, and who demonstrate outstanding leadership and ability.
"Every year, it is a highlight for our staff to learn about these local student applicants," Co-Alliance CEO Kevin A. Still said. "Their dedication and passion to lead shine through in their essays and their achievements, and we are proud to invest in the academic future of these young people."
To qualify, students must be children or grandchildren of co-op members within the partnership of Co-Alliance. Those partners are the co-ops of Midland, IMPACT, LaPorte County, Frontier and Excel.
Children of employees and current co-op directors are not eligible. The application is posted on the company website. Deadline to apply is March 31.
For more information about Co-Alliance, visit www.co-alliance.com.