2016 CoBank Outstanding Student Scholarships
October 11, 2016 (MANHATTAN, Kan.) – Karly Frederick of Alden, Kansas, a senior in agribusiness; Allison Nickelson of Penokee, Kansas, a junior in agribusiness; and Kristin Stiebe of Kinsley, Kansas, a junior in agribusiness, have each been awarded the CoBank Outstanding Student Scholarship through the Arthur Capper Cooperative Center and the Department of Agricultural Economics at Kansas State University.
Karly Frederick is a member of Food for Thought and the Agriculture Economics and Agribusiness Club. She also serves as an ambassador for the College of Agriculture, is a student fellow for the Center for Risk Management Education and Research, was a Koch Discover Days Scholar and was a previous recipient of the CoBank Outstanding Student Scholarship. Karly has also participated in a study abroad experience to Ireland through the Agricultural Economics Department. In addition to school, she works on the Frederick Harvesting crew and has had internships with CoBank and Publix Supermarkets. Karly is anticipating a May 2017 graduation and would like to pursue a career in the agricultural finance industry. The Frederick family is affiliated with the following cooperatives: MKC, Central Prairie Co-op, Walters Cooperative Elevator Association, Ark Valley Electric Cooperative Association, CHS, Triangle Communications, Kanza Cooperative Association and Farmers Cooperative Grain Company of Abbyville.
Allison Nickelson is a member of the Agriculture Economics and Agribusiness Club and the Phi Eta Sigma Honor Society. In addition to school, she is a technical assistant in the Kansas State University Office of Admissions and works on Nickelson Farms. Allison anticipates a December 2017 graduation and wants to return to a rural community working in the Farm Service Agency, for an agriculture finance agency or for a crop insurance agency. The Nickelson family is affiliated with the following cooperatives: Frontier Ag, Inc., Scott Cooperative Association, Western Cooperative Electric and Nex-Tech Rural Telephone Cooperative.
Kristin Stiebe is a member of the Collegiate Cattlewomen and Collegiate Farm Bureau. She has served as an ambassador for the College of Agriculture and was a previous recipient of the CoBank Outstanding Student Scholarship. In addition to school, Kristin works as a teller at Farmers State Bank in Manhattan, Kansas, and has had an internship with First National Bank in Garden City, Kansas. She is anticipating a May 2018 graduation. Upon graduation, Kristin hopes to return to western Kansas and become employed as a farm loan officer or credit analyst. The Stiebe family is affiliated with the following cooperatives: Pride Ag Resources, American Ag Credit, Midwest Energy Incorporated, Golden Belt Telephone Association and Golden Valley Incorporated.
“The CoBank Outstanding Student Scholarships are one way CoBank contributes to the education of future agricultural leaders with an interest in a career in finance or banking at Kansas State University,” states Professor Brian Briggeman, director of the Arthur Capper Cooperative Center. This scholarship has awarded over $65,000 since 2006. To be eligible for a scholarship, students must be a sophomore, junior or senior in high academic standing in K-State’s Department of Agricultural Economics at the time the scholarship is received. Preference is given to students who are studying agricultural economics or agribusiness, who have demonstrated an interest in pursuing a career in banking or finance, have taken accounting or finance classes and are residents in one of the following states: CA, CO, CT, IA, KS, KY, MO, MN, NE and TX.
The awarding of the CoBank Outstanding Student Scholarships is coordinated through the Arthur Capper Cooperative Center.