The NAFB Foundation awarded scholarship numbers 98-100 today at the annual convention in Kansas City to three promising young industry leaders.
From left to right, they are Liz Koehler of Illinois, Joel Penhorwood of Ohio, and Shannon Yokely of Missouri. Liz is a senior at the University of Illinois majoring in agricultural communications, Joel is a junior at The Ohio State University also majoring in agricultural communications, and Shannon is a senior science and agricultural journalism major at the University of Missouri.
The scholarships are a little different this year, as we now have three $5000 scholarships all named after legendary NAFB members: Glen Kummerow Memorial Scholarship, George Logan Memorial Scholarship and now the Orion Samuelson Scholarship, sponsored by the CME Group, which was the 100th scholarship given by the NAFB Foundation and Liz was the recipient.”
Orion, who was the first president and one of the founders of the NAFB Foundation, says it was one of the most thrilling days of his life. “Plaques and certificates I appreciate a great deal, but the thing I like about the scholarship is that’s something that will live beyond me because the recipient will change the world.”
“We think this is a fantastic opportunity to help young people,” said Tim Andriesen, CME Group agriculture commodities managing director. “Being able to sponsor something with Orion’s name on, we’re just very honored.”
Listen to my interviews with the three winners, Orion and Tim here: NAFB Foundation Scholarships interview