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Several area students receive scholarships

Posted on Wednesday, September 14, 2016 at 11:40 am

• Ryan Nelson of Vandalia, has been awarded the John W. and Janet L. Massey Scholarship from the University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources for the 2016-2017 academic year.
Nelson, a senior majoring in plant sciences, is the son of Ralph Nelson and Christina Nelson.
The John W. and Janet L. Massey Scholarship was established to award annual scholarships to animal sciences students. Recipients must be a full-time junior or senior enrolled in animal sciences.
• Brian Kurz, of Vandalia, has been awarded the Roger L. and Joyce L. Mitchell Scholarship from the University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources for the 2016-2017 academic year.
Kurz, a senior majoring in agribusiness management, is the son of Tim Kurz and Michelle Kurz.
The Roger L. and Joyce L. Mitchell Scholarship was established in 1999 upon his retirement by alumni and friends to honor Roger Mitchell’s 15 years as Dean of CAFNR. During this time, Dr. Mitchell was committed to the development of the College scholarship program, which showed steady growth under his leadership.
• Abilene Gatson of Vandalia,  has been awarded the Elyzabeth H. Schell Award from the University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources for the 2016-2017 academic year.
Gatson, a sophomore majoring in animal sciences, is the daughter of Adam Gatson and Jule Gatson.
As a result of receiving a prestigious MU Curator Award, which recognizes outstanding high school academic performance, Gatson has also received a four year scholar award from CAFNR that is made available through various scholarship accounts.
The Elyzabeth H. Schell Award was established in 1981 by the estate of Elyzabeth Schell. The Schells were in the dairy business in the Kansas City area and had a strong interest in agriculture. Scholarships are awarded to students whose parents are Missouri landowning farmers or ranchers.
• Brandon Arens, of Martinsburg, Missouri, has been awarded the Colonel Thomas R. Bruce, Jr., Scholarship from the University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources for the 2016-2017 academic year.
Arens, a sophomore majoring in agribusiness management, is the son of Rhonda Arens and Stephen Arens.
The Colonel Thomas R. Bruce, Jr., Scholarship was established in 2010 by Col. Bruce’s daughter, Ann Bruce D’Hondt, to honor her father who was a 1937 business graduate. It is awarded to an undergraduate or graduate student from a high school in Audrain or Jasper County who has a GPA of 2.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale. Additional preference is given to those with financial need.
• Jacob Stuart of Vandalia, has been awarded the Eric G. Rowe Scholarship from the University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources for the 2016-2017 academic year.
Stuart, a sophomore majoring in agricultural systems management, is the son of Gregory Stuart and Teresa Stuart.
The Eric G. Rowe Scholarship was established in 1997 by Eric Rowe. The fund provides scholarships to deserving CAFNR students with a farm background from Audrain County.
• Kaleb Harris, of Laddonia, Missouri, has been awarded the James O. Martin Scholarship from the University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources for the 2016-2017 academic year.
Harris, a sophomore majoring in agricultural education, is the son of Tonya Harris and Ronald Harris.
The James O. Martin Scholarship was established in 1996 as a by James Martin, a 1926 graduate of CAFNR. The fund is to be used to award scholarships to upper-class students with financial need, who are pursuing a degree in some aspect of food production or the production of agricultural products.
• Renee Nelson of Vandalia,  has been awarded the Orscheln Farm and Home Supply Scholarship and the Elyzabeth H. Schell Scholarship from the University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources for the 2016-2017 academic year.
Nelson, a freshman majoring in plant sciences, is the daughter of Ralph Nelson and Christina Nelson.
“Scholarships enable us to recruit and retain academically talented students to our college,” said Bryan Garton, associate dean of academic programs.
The Orscheln Farm and Home Supply Award recognizes entering freshmen who are four-year members of the Missouri Future Farmers of America Association and a resident of the state of Missouri.
“As the cost of earning a college degree continues to increase, more and more students are in need of financial assistance,” Garton said. “The goal of our college over the next five years is to increase our total annual scholarships awarded from approximately $1.3-$1.5 million.”
Information on scholarships and the college is available from Garton at 573-882-0089 or from high school counselors.