ECC awards 14 Hamilton Ag Scholarships
Friday / May 19, 2017
Fourteen high school seniors have been selected to receive Bob & Arlene Hamilton Excellence in Agriculture Scholarships to attend Ellsworth Community College in Iowa Falls for the 2017-18 academic year. The scholarships, worth $5,000 each, are awarded to qualifying students entering one of ECC’s production agriculture-related degree programs.
The 17-18 Hamilton Scholarship recipients are Brianna Angstman of Dumont, Parker Brown of Reinbeck, Natalee Dippel of Belmond, Caleb Engle of Marshalltown, Rylan Harris of Blairsburg, Tyler McDermott of Cascade, Taylor Olson of Ellsworth, Kyle Sneller of Bussey, Mitchell Stief of Cherokee, Morgan Strief of Bernard, Christian Sturms of Letts, Cole Vande Voort of Leighton, and Reece Westphal of Maquoketa.
Considerations for the scholarships include intent to major in a production agriculture-related program, having a good academic record, and demonstrating
community involvement and leadership abilities. The Bob & Arlene Hamilton Agriculture scholarships are designed for students entering ECC’s Agribusiness, Agriculture transfer, Animal Science, Farm Management, Geographical Information Systems/GIS, Precision Agriculture or Swine Management programs. These awards were made possible through an endowed scholarship given by Bob and Arlene Hamilton to the Ellsworth College Foundation.
Brianna Angstman, a 2017 graduate of Hampton-Dumont High School, grew up on a farm raising animals and growing a variety of crops. She is the Vice President of her local FFA chapter, where she competes in speech, agricultural broadcasting and shows horses. Brianne was selected as Miss. Dumont and received Miss. Congeniality in Dumont and Butler county fairs. After attending ECC for two years, Brianna plans to transfer to Iowa State and study agricultural education.
Parker Bown, a 2017 graduate of Gladbrook-Reinbeck High School, became involved in the agriculture industry when he began working on his uncle’s farm, assisting with all cattle related tasks and helping in the field. He is a member of the United Church of Christ and has lettered in football, track, soccer, and wrestling. In Parkers spare time, he mentors at the local elementary. After graduating from Ellsworth, Parker plans to begin working in an agribusiness field and continue working on the farm.
Natalee Dippel, a 2017 graduate of Belmond-Klemme High School, has been involved in agriculture since a young age. She began showing pigs with her older brother then began showing goats and chickens; in addition, she has worked for Aldrich Tree Farm and Trampel Farms. Both jobs have allowed her to develop a well-rounded knowledge of the agriculture industry. Natalee is involved in many school activities and leadership rolls throughout the community. She understands how important Iowa agriculture is to the world and chose ECC because of the strong agricultural ties. She plans to major in Agribusiness at ECC, then transfer to Iowa State University.
Caleb Engle, a 2017 graduate of BCLUW, grew up on his family farm growing seed corn, commercial corn, and soybeans. Caleb served as the secretary for his local 4-H club, is a member of the school trap shooting team along with football, wrestling, track and baseball teams and has been selected for Academic All-Conference honors. After graduating with an degree in agriculture from ECC, Caleb plans to transfer to Iowa State University to continue his education in Agricultural Studies.
Ryan Harris, a 2017 graduate of South Hamilton High School, is a “jack of all trades” when it comes to the agriculture industry. He has helped his parents run their mowing business, assisted with snow removal, construction work, worked on farms and helped with harvest. Ryan is a member of his local FFA chapter and has won awards in agribusiness. He is also a member of the football, baseball, track, basketball and wrestling teams and volunteers with various organizations in the community. Ryan plans to major in Precision Agriculture at ECC.
Tyler McDermott, a 2017 graduate of Cascade High School, has been working on his grandfather’s Angus cattle farm for the past four years and is also the crop manager for a local farm. Tyler has had a successful FFA career, winning multiple state and national awards, including Diversified Crop Production. He is a member of the pork day committee and test plot committee for his FFA chapter. Tyler plans to study Precision Agriculture while attending ECC and plans to work for a farm implement dealership upon graduation.
Taylor Olsen, a 2017 graduate of South Hamilton High School, has been involved in agriculture from a young age. She began picking rocks out of fields for farmers and now runs grain carts and catches and loads corn for a local farm. Throughout her four years as an FFA member, she has attended various leadership activities and is currently serving as the chapters Vice President and volunteers for multiple events in the community. Taylor plans to major in agriculture at ECC, then transfer to Iowa State University and someday own her own business as a seed salesman.
Kyle Sneller, a 2017 Pella Christian High School graduate, learned the value of a strong work ethic while growing up on a farm raising cattle, pigs, sheep, corn, beans, and hay. He is a member of the Pella Christian trap shooting, bowling, and baseball teams and the Central Iowa Teens Encounter Christ. Kyle plans to major in Farm Management at ECC, his long-term goal is to return home and run his family farm.
Mitchell Stief, a 2017 graduate of Washington High School, grew up on a farm raising livestock and crops and spent a lot of time in the shop helping fix equipment on the farm. He has served as president for this local 4-H Club and has been an active member for as long as he can remember. The past two years, Mitchell has worked at Titan Machinery doing small service jobs. He plans to major in Precision Agriculture at ECC and hopes to someday become a farmer.
Morgan Strief, a 2017 graduate of Cascade High School, enjoys working on her parent’s cattle farm. She assists with calving dates, vaccinations, ordering feed and helping repair equipment. Morgan is also active in 4-H, FFA and church youth group. She plans to take agriculture classes at ECC and one-day work in the Precision Agriculture field.
Christian Sturms, a 2017 graduate of Louisa-Muscatine High School, is a member of his local FFA chapter where he competes on the nursery landscape and turf grass teams. During the summer he helps a friend with hay business by unloading and stacking hay. Christian is also a member of the National Honor Society, National Council of Youth Leadership, and active volunteer in the community and is on the football, basketball, track, baseball and weightlifting teams. After studying Agronomy at ECC, he plans to transfer to Iowa State University.
Cole Vande Voort, a 2017 graduate of Pella Christian High School, enjoys the hands-on work with equipment and animals he got growing up on his family farm and hopes to one day, run the family farm. He is involved with his church and youth group, where he runs the sound system, he also shows swine as a 4-H member and is also on the bowling and baseball teams. Cole plans to major in Agribusiness at ECC.
Reece Westphal, a 2017 graduate of Central DeWitt High School, began helping his dad work on the family farm at a young age and credits his quality of work to learning to build fence. He is a 4-H and FFA member, captain of the football and wrestling teams and is always willing to volunteer for community service projects. Reece plans to major in Precision Agriculture at ECC.
Ellsworth Community College Agriculture students take most of their coursework in the Ag & Renewable Energy Center, located just south of Iowa Falls and adjacent to the Ellsworth Equestrian Center. The 17,753 square foot Ag facility has classrooms, a conference room, business incubator labs, and a biotechnology lab.
For more information about Ellsworth Community College, contact the ECC Admissions office at 1-800-322-9235 or 641-648-8524. Additional information can be found on the college website at www.EllsworthCollege.com.