Seven local residents were among the 2,680 students that graduated from Illinois State University following the spring 2010 semester.
Earning bachelorâ€™s degrees were Heather Pierson and Bryant Storm, of Elburn; Samantha Perr of Maple Park; and Amber Fessler, Colette Kuk, Natalie Rowe and Kelsey Ryan, all of Sugar Grove.
ELBURNâ€”Thirty-eight college students from Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Missouri, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin will be able to continue their education with help from the regional agricultural supply cooperative, GROWMARK.
They are recipients of GROWMARK-sponsored scholarships aimed at promoting higher education in agriculture and business.
Heather Pierson, the daughter of Dale and Tina Pierson of Elburn, was one of the scholarship winners. Pierson is majoring in agribusiness at Illinois State University.
â€œGROWMARK invests more than $47,500 annually on scholarships. Weâ€™re investing today for a return tomorrow,â€ said Steve German, GROWMARK university relations and member employment manager. â€œThereâ€™s a need for agriculture businesses to support formal education to strengthen agriculture.â€
GROWMARK has been supporting college students with scholarships since the early 1960s. Today, they are awarded to students majoring in agriculture or accounting at 15 universities and colleges. Each educational institution is responsible for the selection process and awarding scholarships. University scholarship recipients are honored each year at the GROWMARK Annual Meeting in Chicago.
Additional information is available at www.growmark.com.