ECC awards 17 Hamilton Ag Scholarships
Wednesday / July 3, 2019
Seventeen 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 2019-20 academic year. The scholarships, worth $5,000 each, are awarded to qualifying students entering one of ECC’s production agriculture-related degree programs.
The 19-20 Hamilton Scholarship recipients are Emma Bailey of Webster City, Hanna Benning of Ackley, Zachary Bentley of Red Oak, Gina Brown of Jefferson, Kassidy Bunger of Wellsburg, Dalton Critchfield of Conrad, Madison Duncan of Gilman, Madelin Egeland of Boone, Bailey Engelke of Cherokee, Evan Engle of Union, Macy Grein of Wesley, Morgan Kremer of Bernard, Emily Morse of Aurelia, Lauren Riese of Zearing, Brock Shirley of Sidney, Courtney VanDonselaar of Cedar and Ashlen Young of Albion.
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.
Emma Bailey is a 2019 graduate of Webster City High School. She developed a passion for animals after joining her local 4-H club and purchasing her first rabbit. Bailey was active in high school musicals, plays, speech, FFA and Student Government. After graduating from Ellsworth with an Animal Science degree, she plans to attend Iowa State University and obtain a bachelor’s degree in Animal Science.
Hanna Benning is a 2019 graduate of AGWSR High School. She grew up helping with most aspects of her family farm raising cattle and hogs. Benning was active in FFA, Golf and Basketball, she received numerous awards for each. After graduating from ECC with a degree in Animal Science, she sees herself raising and selling club calves and working with animals.
Zachary Bentley, a 2019 graduate of Red Oak Community High School, worked on a local farm feeding cattle, cleaning stalls, working on equipment and helping with test plots. He is involved with his church, where he assists with the children. After graduating with a degree Farm Management from ECC, he plans put his degree to use helping with a local farm and raising cattle.
Gina Brown is a 2019 graduate of Greene County High School. She grew up on her family’s horse farm and spent a lot of time learning from and assisting the local veterinarian, which developed her passion and desire to study Veterinary Medicine. Brown is a member of the National Honor Society, Varsity Volleyball, 4-H and FFA. After completing her Associates Degree in Veterinary Medicine, she plans to transfer to Iowa State University and to continue her studies.
Kassidy Bunger is a 2015 graduate of South Hardin High School. She grew up helping her parents take care of cattle and also assisted with planting and harvesting seasons. Bunger has been employed by various agriculture facets throughout her life. She graduated with a business degree from Waldorf University in 2019 and is excited to compliment that degree with an Agribusiness degree from ECC.
Dalton Critchfield, a 2019 graduate of BCLUW High School, has been helping his grandpa farm from a young age. He has been with the BCLUW FFA chapter since its founding in 2016 and enjoyed participating in all activities. Critchfield plans to graduate from ECC with a Mobile Service Technician degree and wants to work with a dealership.
Madison Duncan is a 2019 graduate of East Marshall High School. She began working with livestock on a family friend’s farm as a fifth grader and immediately knew agriculture would be an intricate part of her life. In high school, Duncan was involved in Basketball, Honor Society, Fellowship of Christian Athletes and FFA. After graduating from Ellsworth with an Agriculture Transfer degree, she would like to obtain a job in the agriculture field.
Madelin Egeland, a 2019 graduate of Boone High School, grew up on her family’s sixth generation farm raising horses, cattle, sheep, pigs and dogs. During her time in high school, she was involved in fundraising for the American Cancer Society/Relay for Life, youth group at her church, 4-H and other various community fundraisers. After graduating from ECC with a farm management degree, she sees herself working in the livestock/farming sector. (photo not available)
Bailey Engelke is a 2019 graduate of Cherokee Washington High School. She works for the local veterinarian office and participates in work based learning at the local Iowa State Extension and Outreach office. Engelke was a 4-H and FFA member and held officer positions for each, member of the Cherokee County Youth Council and was the 2018 Cherokee County Fair Princess. After graduating from ECC with an Ag Transfer degree, she plans to attend Iowa State University to obtain her teaching certification.
Evan Engle, a 2019 graduate of BCLUW High School, grew up raising cattle, baling hay and corn stalks, fixing fence and helping with field work on his family farm. He was active in 4-H, pep band, concert band, football, youth group, FFA, show choir, basketball and golf. Engle plans to attend Ellsworth in the fall to major in Mobile Service Technician then return to the family farm. He hopes to use his degree to work on his own equipment.
Macy Grein, a 2019 graduate of Algona High School, grew up being immersed in the agricultural industry. She worked on harvest and raised her own pigs and sheep. Grein was active in her local FFA chapter, where she was a chapter officer, competed on the livestock and soils judging teams and received her Iowa Degree. She plans to major in Precision Agriculture at ECC and hopes to obtain an internship or job in an agriculture related field.
Morgan Kremer is a 2019 graduate of Cascade High School. She grew up having multiple responsibilities on her family farm including feeding bottle calves and helping with the daily tasks. She was active in her local 4-H, FFA and National Honor Society, where she participated in multiple activities. After graduating with an Agribusiness degree at ECC, she would like to continue her education by completing her bachelor’s degree.
Emily Morse is a 2019 graduate of Alta-Aurelia High School. She was involved with her local 4-H chapter where she participated in various community service projects and served in various officer positions. Morse plans to major in Animal Science/Equine at Ellsworth.
Lauren Riese is a 2019 graduate of Colo-Nesco High School. She grew up breeding and showing pics and helping with her family’s business. Riese was involved in FFA, 4-H, where she held various leadership positions, and participated in volleyball and track. After graduating from ECC with a degree in Agribusiness, she plans to return home to help with her family business.
Brock Shirley, a 2019 graduate of Sidney High School, was raised in a farming family where he worked with cattle, assisted with planting and harvesting. He was involved in the agriculture mechanics miles per gallon challenge, football, Business Professionals of America, Fellowship of Christian Athletes and 4-H. He plans to major in Precision Agriculture at ECC then return to become a 5th generation farmer. (photo not available)
Courtney Van Donselaar is a 2019 graduate of Oskaloosa Senior High School. She grew up helping on her family’s farm, raising hogs and honey bees. Van Donselaar was active in her local 4-H chapter, Teen Council, National Honor Society and her church youth group. She would like to work at a bank or farm credit service after graduating with a degree in Agribusiness from ECC. (photo not available)
Ashlen Young, a 2019 graduate of West Marshall High School, grew up on a farm and began showing pigs at age thirteen. She was a member of her local 4-H and FFA chapters, where she participated in food science career development events, livestock and soil judging. After graduating with an Animal Science degree from ECC she plans to attend Iowa State University to study Animal Science/Animal Physiology.
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.