Thirty-two students from Missouri 4-H and FFA were recently awarded scholarships from the Missouri Youth in Agriculture committee.

According to a press release from the committee, the students are seeking higher education at a Missouri university/college, and will receive the scholarships on Friday, April 21, during the annual State FFA Convention in Columbia.

State Fair Director Mark Wolfe says, "the Youth in Agriculture scholarship is a 25-year tradition that financially assists Missouri’s next generation of agriculture leaders. Year after year, Youth in Agriculture supporters open their wallets to support the future of the ag industry.”

Scholarship applicants were evaluated in a variety of areas including Missouri State Fair participation, grade point average, community involvement and leadership roles.

The scholarships are funded through donations of Youth in Agriculture sponsors and buyers of the livestock sold during the annual Sale of Champions; the sponsors and buyers list is available online. A portion of each animal’s sale price is allocated to the scholarship program. The Missouri State Fair Foundation also provides significant support of the scholarship program through fundraising efforts including the Governor's Ham Breakfast.

The press release states that Mattison Lenae Ishmael, of Gallatin, has been selected to receive the $5,000 platinum scholarship offered by YIA supporters. Allison Bertz, of Mayview, has been selected to receive the $2,500 supreme scholarship, sponsored by Sydenstricker John Deere of Missouri/Sydenstricker Angus Genetics.

The youth chosen to receive $1,500 scholarships, sponsored by the Missouri State Fair Foundation and YIA supporters are:

Jackson Barry, of Canton
Corbin Bell, of Higginsville
Abby Bertz, of Mayview
Emily Blaue, of Wellsville
Bailey Boland, of Sweet Springs
Ashton E. Brockman, of Brookfield
Austin Dotson, of Cameron
Tanner Ellison, of Baring
Grace Erickson, of Bolivar
Mariah Gach, of St. Joseph
Kiley A. Gibson, of Ridgeway
Shambree Hagan, of Princeton
Kale Harris, of New Franklin
Caleb Hudson, of Middletown
Allison L. Jenkins, of Butler
Claire Emma Ludwig, of Linn
Kade Matthew Marnin, of Mendon
Aaron Mott, of Rocheport
Kristina Nadler, of Wentzville
Kaylee Peel, of Chillicothe
Elijah Kade Plattner, of Chillicothe
Hannah Rockers, of Carthage
Jeb Schaefer, of Callao
Joslyn Seals, of Browning
Abigail Turner, of Brookfield
Jacob E. Vaughn, of Sturgeon
Madison Walkup, of Gower
Davis Washburn, of King City
Sara Webb, of Unionville
Audrey Wilson, of Clever

Since 1992, the YIA committee has awarded 570 scholarships totaling $558,000.

Missouri State Fair
Kurt Parsons
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