In 2021, Farmers Coop Society awarded eight high school seniors with a $1,000 dollar scholarship.
Farmers Coop Society wants to ensure a strong future for the agriculture industry by supporting the future generations. The recipients must be pursuing an ag-related degree or has an ag or rural background.
2021 Scholarship Recipients
Thea DeBoer is the daughter of David and Heather DeBoer from Little Rock, IA. Thea graduated from George-Little Rock Senior High School and is planning on attending South Dakota State University in the fall where she plans on majoring in Animal Science with a minor in Equine Science. With this degree she would love to be a mixed animal veterinarian. While in high school Thea was very active in a variety of activities: FFA, Cross Country, Speech, Farm Manager for her FFA Chapter, and her local youth group. Thea showed her agriculture leadership skills while she was her FFA’s farm manager.
Mia Haage is the daughter of Luke Haage and Liesl and Jeremy Eisma from Ireton, IA. Mia graduated from Le Mars Community High School and is planning on attending Iowa State University in the fall where she plans on majoring in Agriculture Education. Mia participated in a variety of activities in High School: 4-H, 4-H County Council, 4-H Livestock Quiz Bowl, FFA Vice-President, Track, and Choir. While participating in her FFA Chapter, she has been teaching younger FFA and 4-H members how to properly take care of and show their animals. She is looking forward to eventually teaching students how to embrace both the traditional farming practices and new innovations. She is also excited to be part of the education of young agriculturalist and encouraging them to come up with new ideas.
Tyrell Hulshof is the son of Ronald and Martha Hulshof from Ireton, IA. Tyrell graduated from Unity Christian High School and is planning on attending Dordt University in the fall. Tyrell plans on studying Ag business and plants to use that degree to one day own a feed lot and raise custom cattle. Tyrell participated in a variety of activities in High School: FFA, Football, Basketball, Track, Choir, and his church’s youth group. Tyrell has already started using some of his skills by partnering with his parents and brothers in a hay baling business. He loves working hard and working the land and his vision of ag’s future is simple; “Agriculture is one of the most important industries in the world and we need to do the best job we possibly can to feed and take care of this world.”
Kaylee is the daughter of Julie and Curt Hansen from Spencer, IA. Kaylee graduated from Spencer High School and is planning on attending Iowa State University in the fall where she plans on majoring in Biology. Kaylee was very active while in high school: 4-H Vice President, Student Council, National Honor Society, and Dance Team. Kaylee grew up on her family’s farm where they are crop farmers and also have cattle. She often helps on the farm with chores and works with her father in the summer. When Kaylee describes her future vision of farming she stresses the importance of continuing to improve the quality of product while maintaining the quality of our environment.
Nicole Koops is the daughter of Jeff and Christine Koops from Sioux Center, IA. Nicole graduated from Unity Christian High School and is planning on attending Concordia University – Ann Arbor in the fall where she plans on majoring in Business. Nicole has a family background in agriculture. Her parents own two hog barns and she has often had to help them with the hog chores throughout high school. Her accolades and activities in high school were: Sioux Center Storm Hockey Team, Soccer, A Honor Roll, and National History Day Participation. With her parent’s background in livestock production Nicole’s vision of her future in agriculture centers around sharing her experiences in livestock production and educating others around the hard work and care that people put into these animals.
Abby Van Der Brink
Abby is the daughter of Chris and Rebecca Van Der Brink from Sioux Center, IA. Abby graduated from Rock Valley High School and is planning on attending Des Moines Area Community College in the fall. Abby plans on studying computer science. Her parents are crop farmers and so Abby grew up in the ag industry and often would help out wherever her parent’s needed her growing up. Abby also worked on a local dairy farm milking cows for the past five years. Abby participated in a variety of activities in High School: Musical, Show Choir, Jazz Choir, and was on the A Honor Roll. Abby sees technology being a large factor in the future of agriculture. She can see the influx of technology that her family is using on their farm and only seeing that grow in the next few years. She hopes this this makes everyone’s jobs easier and more efficient.
Samantha is the daughter of Mark and Tricia Vermeer from Sioux Center, IA. Samantha graduated from Sioux Center High School and is planning on attending Northwestern College in Orange City. She intends to major in nursing. Throughout her years as a student, she was involved in 4-H for the past nine years. Within those nine years, she spent time working with bucket bottle calves, market steers, and training three different dogs. 4-H has taught Samantha how to lead with confidence in myself and those around me. Samantha was very active in High School: 4-H, Key Club, Basketball, Show Choir, Color Guard, Musical Theater, Concert Band, National Honor Society. Samantha’s vision of is a partnership with our rural communities and agriculture. She has seen how the two go hand in hand growing up and she knows that agriculture is vital to our local economies.
Paige Fedders is the daughter of Brad and Pamela Fedders from Ireton, IA. Paige graduated from Unity Christian High School and is planning on attending South Dakota State University in the fall where she plans on majoring in Animal Science. Paige was very active in a variety of activities: Sioux County Stockmen 4-H President, FFA President, Student Council, Soccer, Volleyball and her local youth group. While participating in her FFA Chapter, Thea was able to attend the Farm Progress Show and was able to experience new ag technology. She is excited about being able to use that technology once she graduates and how it can impact and help livestock in the future.