College of Agriculture Scholarship Winners Announced


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College students awarded ag scholarships


Peoria, IL – Water Street Solutions and Agriculture Future of America (AFA) announce that Jill Griffin, Nolan Sampson and Kelsey Tuholski are recipients of the 2013 National Leader and Academic Scholarship. The scholarship, sponsored by Peoria, Illinois-based agricultural consulting firm Water Street Solutions, awards each recipient $1,600 for college education, as well as a $1,000 award to attend the AFA Leaders Conference in November.


“Water Street Solutions seeks to connect with and support the brightest young people who have a genuine passion for agriculture,” said Kim Lang, director of marketing at Water Street Solutions. “This scholarship program offers a great way to do that.”


Students were selected to receive the National Leader and Academic Scholarship out of applicants from across the Midwest. The scholarship recognizes strong academic achievement, frequent volunteer work, a passion for agriculture, and leadership skills.


Griffin, of Cutler, currently studies agribusiness management at Purdue University. At Purdue, she serves as a student ambassador for the College of Agriculture. Griffin aspires to work in sales and marketing for an agricultural company.


“Coming from a family farm in central Indiana, my vision for the future of agriculture is to provide enough food and fiber to sustain an ever-growing world population while staying true to the values and character that previous generations of farmers originated,” said Griffin.


Sampson, of Union Mills, attends Purdue University where he studies agricultural economics. He has also owned and managed his own lawn care business for the past six years and continues to do so while in college. He plans to work in the agronomic management field.


“Whether I am a farmer, seed production manager, advocate for agriculture, or simply a person who promotes agriculture in everyday life, I will use my passion for advancement,” said Sampson. “The most promising advances, the brightest rays of hope, have burst forth from the field of agriculture.”


Tuholski, of LaPorte, majors in soil and crop sciences at Purdue University. Her career goal is to become an agronomic consultant.


“My vision for the future involves each sector of the agriculture industry working as a cohesive unit in a universal effort to feed the world,” said Tuholski. “As an agronomic consultant, I will work directly with farmers to provide practical and effective solutions.”


About Water Street Solutions:


Water Street Solutions helps farmers with profitability, using a business model that you won’t find anywhere else. Experts in agricultural finance, crop insurance, commodity marketing, and legacy planning work together on a plan tailored to each producer’s farm. Scholarships are sponsored yearly in partnership with Agriculture Future of America to help today’s top students who have a strong passion for careers in agriculture.



Kim Lang, Director of Marketing