Six Southeast Community College students were honored Dec. 5 as recipients of the Koch Fertilizer Scholarship.
Koch Fertilizer LLC established a scholarship fund in 2013 to benefit students in Electrical & Electromechanical Technology, Electronic Systems Technology and Energy Generation Operations programs at SCC.
The students, along with their guests, Koch Fertilizer and Koch Industries personnel, and SCC faculty and staff attended the luncheon, held in Dunlap C on SCC’s Milford Campus.
Scholarship recipients are Electronic Systems Technology student Tyler Snow from Litchfield and Energy Generation Operations students Mike Chapman, Matt Meyer and Will Jones, all of Lincoln, Haydn Rugg from Albion and Cody Hergenrader from Milford.
Each student was presented a $2,500 scholarship and a Koch Fertilizer backpack.
Representing Koch Fertilizer was Recruiter Justin Klooz, HR Manager Eric Kimlinger, Senior Recruiter Steve Juhl, and Recruiting Manager Ian Gutzman.
Koch committed investing $40,000 for scholarships over a two-year period.
Koch representatives have worked with SCC for a couple of years to develop this scholarship program. Four $2,500 scholarships were awarded to students entering the programs, and three $2,500 scholarships were awarded to students entering the second year of their program. In year two, 2014-2015, the initial plan was to award up to four $2,500 scholarships to incoming students, up to three $2,500 scholarships to second-year students, and up to one $5,000 scholarship to a second-year student.
To be eligible, students entering the programs must have a cumulative grade-point average of 3.0 or higher in high school, have applied for an SCC scholarship, write an essay of no more than 500 words, and have a desire to relocate after graduation. The scholarship application period for high school students is between Dec. 1 and Feb. 22.
To be eligible for a second-year scholarship, students must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher through the first half of their program, have applied for an SCC scholarship, write an essay of no more than 500 words, and have a desire to relocate after graduation. Current SCC students must apply for scholarships from May 1-22 for the Summer Quarter, Aug. 1-22 for Fall Quarter, Nov. 1-22 for the Winter Quarter, and from Dec. 1 through Feb. 22 for the Spring Quarter.
The scholarship application is online at www.southeast.edu/Scholarships.
Dependents or children of an employee of Koch Fertilizer, LLC or any of its subsidiaries are not eligible for participation. Koch Fertilizer, LLC is an indirect, wholly owned subsidiary of Koch Industries, Inc., based in Wichita, Kan., one of the largest privately held companies in America.