New Orleans, LA—The National Wheat Foundation (NWF) presented the BASF sponsored Jerry Minore Scholarship to four recipients today at Commodity Classic. NWF is excited to announce this year’s recipients: Samantha Wander of Ohio State University, Clay Schemm of Kansas State University, Logan Simon of the University of Missouri and Caleb Brannon of Murray State University.
NWF and BASF partnered to award scholarships to four individuals who have a personal connection to the wheat industry and an investment in the agriculture industry. Each student recipient has a planned career path in agriculture. The scholarship is named in honor of Jerry Minore who was a longtime friend of the wheat industry and an advocate for wheat growers.
“It is always inspiring to see young people contributing to the advancement of this industry. I am proud to present the scholarship to these four outstanding individuals. I look forward to seeing them impact agriculture with their knowledge and passion,” said Dusty Tallman, NWF Chairman.
To honor Jerry’s life and work ethic, the Minore Memorial Scholarship funds two $1,500 scholarships and two $1,000 scholarships for the 2015-2016 academic year.
Samantha is a member of the Ohio Corn and Wheat Growers Association, majoring in Agricultural Education, hoping to be a high school agriculture teacher and FFA Advisor someday. She is passionate about community development and has performed over 300 hours of service in the past four years.
Clay is a Biological and Agricultural Engineering major, with an emphasis in machinery systems. He hopes to improve the equipment that wheat farmers use, making their production more efficient and profitable. He has helped his family harvest since he was young.
Logan has hopes of becoming a plant pathologist. He has earned the American FFA Degree, the highest distinction an FFA member can receive, and is an active member of the Agronomy Club, as well as Students of Agronomy, Soils, and Environmental Sciences.
Caleb is studying Agribusiness Economics, desiring to pursue a career in agriculture retail. He has helped his family farm since he was 13. Additionally, he is the owner and operator of Brannon AgriEnergy, a farm related business he developed to grow, research and market biofuels.