In 2022, 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.
2022 Scholarship Recipients
Claire Bleeker is the daughter of Eric and Marianne Bleeker. Claire graduated from Western Christian High School and is planning on attending South Dakota State University in the fall where she plans on majoring in Ag Education/Ag Education. Claire participated in a variety of activities in High School: 4-H, FFA, Student Council, Basketball, Soccer, Softball, and Church. While in FFA, Claire served as Chaplain, Vice President, and is now serving as President of the Chapter. She plans to become an Ag Teacher. Her goal is to bring awareness to all types of agriculture and to encourage others to join the industry. She believes we are living at a time when so few people understand how their food and other products are grown and raised so she is excited to educate the youth about these important issues.
Brady Van Meeteren
Brady Van Meeteren is the son of Brian and Jill Van Meeteren. Brady graduated from Sheldon High School and is planning on attending Dordt University in the fall. He plans on studying Agronomy and Ag Business and envisions taking over the family farm someday. Brady participated in a number of activities in High School: FFA, Student Leadership Team, Football, Basketball, National Honor Society, Concert Choir, Jazz Choir, Show Choir, Speech Club, FCA and Golf. Brady has worked on his family farm since high school. He understands that future of agriculture must continually advance and is excited to be a part of this ever-changing world. Brady feels compelled to join the industry and wants to do his part to create a bright future for agriculture.
Olivia Fedders is the daughter of Brad and Pamela Fedders. She graduated from Unity Christian High School and is planning on attending Dordt University and study Elementary Education. While in High School, Olivia participated in Student Council, Basketball, Football Cheerleader, FFA, and Destiny Youth Ranch volunteer. Her love for farming began young on her family farm. She grew up running equipment, baling for her dad, and raising her own animals. These opportunities taught Olivia to work hard and she is excited to take these life lessons and use them to help others.
Lauren Regnerus is the daughter of Frank and Laura Regnerus. She graduated from Sioux Center High School and is planning on attending Dordt University and major in Agribusiness and Accounting. She was active in FFA (served as both Secretary and Treasure) and FBLA (served as both Treasurer and Historian). Lauren believes agriculture is an integral part of our lives. She sees her generation stepping into the future of agriculture and plans to help farmers make decisions that will be best benefit their operations as a financial analyst. She is excited about all the opportunities arising within the agriculture industry and is driven to contribute to the future of it.
Harbor Renken is the son of Tim and Kim Renken. He graduated from Alcester-Hudson High School and is planning on attending Northeast Community College. Harbor plans on studying Precision Ag. He was involved in a variety of activities during High School: 4-H, FFA, Student Council, Football, and local Church Youth Group. Harbor grew up on a farm and raised calves, hogs, sheep, and grain. He would like to see more small, family-owned farms that raise their own produce and meat to realize not only the cost savings but the nutritional value of whole foods. He is looking forward to getting a job in Ag Sales and aspires to become Sales Manager with a farm equipment company.
Logan Dreckman is the son of Chad and Beth Dreckman. He graduated from Gehlen Catholic High School and is planning on attending Ellsworth Community College and major in Ag Business and Farm Management. Logan was involved in numerous High School activities; Honor Society, Christian Leadership Team, FFA Feed a Farmer, FFA Hunger is a Factor, Gehlen Mission Honduras, Big Brother Program, Knights of Columbus, Then Feed Just One, and 3 years of Basketball, Football and Baseball. Logan has been a part of the family farm since childhood. He plans on learning as much as he can in college and then applying that to his family farm which he hopes to own and operate someday. Logan is going to strive to help preserve the small family farms and hopes to pass down his love of farming to his children someday.
Isaac Bullerman is the son of Dave and Ann Bullerman. He graduated from Adrian High School and is planning on attending South Dakota State University. He plans to major in Precision Ag and major in Ag Science. Isaac was involved in Football, Wrestling, Baseball, Fall Play, National Honor Society, Alaska Mission Trip, Youth Group, Mystery Reader, Safe Routes to School Committee, Spokesperson for City Council, Hospice Tree Lighting, Dirt Track Racing, and Firefighter during his high school years. Logan works as much as possible on the family farm hauling pigs, driving feed trucks, delivering seed to the planter and delivering chemicals to the sprayer. He aspires to work at a seed dealership so that he can help rural America by ensuring seeds and chemicals are healthy and productive.
Ellie Woelber is the daughter or Marlyn and Gina Woelber. She graduated from Boyden-Hull High School and is planning on attending Morningside College for Elementary Education. She was involved in many organizations and activities in high school: Volleyball, Basketball, Track, Softball, Student Council, FCA, FCCLA, and Pep Club. Ellie was raised on a farm where she was very active by helping her dad loading and sorting hogs as well as helping with harvest and field work. By becoming a teacher, Ellie wants to have a hand in educating other about farm life and why it is so incredibly important.