ECC awards four more Hamilton Ag Scholarships
Wednesday / August 19, 2015
Four additional high school seniors have been selected to receive Bob & Arlene Hamilton Agriculture Scholarships to attend Ellsworth Community College beginning this fall. The scholarships, worth $5,000 each, are awarded to qualifying students entering one of ECC’s agriculture-related degree programs.
The newest FY16 Hamilton Scholarship recipients are Jason Arends of Conrad, Jacqueline Kenyon of Alden, Heather Schnitker of Alden, and Bobbi Sicard of Aplington.
Considerations for the scholarships include intent to major in an 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, Renewable Energy Technology or Swine Management programs. These awards were made possible through an endowed scholarship given by Bob and Arlene Hamilton to the Ellsworth College Foundation.
Jason Arends, a 2015 graduate of BCLUW High School, is the son of Roger and Janet Arends. Jason plans to enroll in the Mobile Service Technician program at ECC. He is a third generation family farmer, and has worked on the family farm since 2010; he has also done lawn care jobs since 2011, and worked summers at the Holl Farms since 2014. A member of the Beaman United Methodist Church, Jason attends Sunday School and is active in the youth group, as well as volunteering to help with Vacation Bible Schools. He participated in the American Legion Hawkeye Boys’ State in 2014 and has been involved with Community Clean, special event dinners, volunteered at track meets, and done Trick or Treat for UNICEF. After college, Jason plans to seek employment at an implement dealership where, as a mobile service technician, he will help farmers avoid breakdowns and down time in the fields.
Jacqueline Kenyon, a 2015 graduate of Iowa Falls-Alden High School, is the daughter of Herb and Jacqueline Kenyon. She plans to major in Agriculture at ECC then transfer to Iowa State to become an agronomist. Jaccie has spent the past five years increasingly involved in her FFA chapter while also volunteering to gain work experience in the agriculture field. She cares for her own livestock as well as her grandfather’s, and has worked the past three years at the FFA Blue & Gold Swine Show at the state fair. She has held numerous roles in FFA, most recently as president, and attended several FFA leadership trainings and conventions. She is active with her church youth group and has volunteered doing lawn care and snow removal for the elderly, animal therapy at a nursing home, helping a non-profit organization that serves women, and being a church camp counselor. One of her goals is to donate a stock trailer or small herd of Lowline cattle to the FFA that started her on her agricultural career path.
Heather Schnitker, a 2015 graduate of Iowa Falls-Alden High School, is the daughter of Allan and Tiffany Schnitker. Heather grew up on the family farm and has helped with the family’s cattle operation. She has been a member and officer with FFA and 4-H, where she is currently club president. Heather is on the 4-H County Council and is the current Hardin County Pork Queen. She is a member of the Iowa Swine Jackpot Series and the Iowa Junior Beef Breeders Association, as well as other youth and breed associations. In high school, Heather also played JV and varsity basketball. At ECC, Heather plans to major in Agriculture, then transfer to Iowa State for a degree in Animal Science. Eventually she plans to become a feed sales representative and build her own cattle and swine operations.
Bobbi Sicard, a 2015 graduate of Aplington-Parkersburg High School, is the daughter of Rick and Pam Sicard. She plans to major in Agribusiness and Animal Science at ECC. Bobbi has raised pigs and shown them at the county fairs; she also has experience with cattle, horses, chickens, and rabbits … she currently works at the vet center in Ackley and at Todd’s Family Restaurant. Bobbi has been active in 4-H and has received many awards. She’s held 4-H offices, most recently president, and serves on many 4-H committees. She is also a four-year member of FFA and has taught Sunday School for first graders. After college, Bobbi plans to have a cattle operation and work in an ag-related job; she also wants to work with horses.
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. ECC’s newest agriculture program is Mobile Service Technician, which will train students to service and repair all kinds of ag equipment either at the farm or in the field.
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.