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North Central Co-op awards more than $10,000 in scholarships

North Central Co-op awarded 10 scholarships to local recipients for use toward educational expenses this coming school year. Since 2001, NCC has awarded over 100 scholarships totaling over $110,000 to award deserving high school seniors with at least five years of 4-H and/or two years of FFA involvement.

NCC is proud to award two scholarships to local college students. The second annual Huntington University scholarship is offered to a student pursuing a degree in an Agricultural related field. In addition to the Huntington University scholarship, NCC awards the Darrell L. Smith Honorary Scholarship to a junior enrolled in a four-year, agriculture-related program who has expressed a sincere desire to continue a career in agriculture.

“At NCC we are pleased to support our future leaders through this scholarship program.” says Mark Tullis, CEO of North Central Co-op. “This is one way that we can give back to our local communities where we serve and live. It is important for us to be able to invest in our youth.”

North Central Co-op is a full-service agricultural supply company that is 100 percent farmer owned with its headquarters located in Wabash, Ind. If you are interested in learning more about North Central Coop, please visit our website at

Students are designated for their early contributions to local agricultural programs and in gratitude for their family members’ contributions to NCC, as every chosen student has parents or grandparents that are actively involved at NCC as stockholders, patrons, or team members. Students selected must be entering their freshman year in an associate or bachelor degree program, or a technical/trade school.

The 2017 recipients are listed below.

Huntington University Scholarship

Madison Riley of Goshen, IN – Madison is a sophomore at Huntington pursuing a degree in agribusiness management and crop production. Madison’s future plans are to further her education by obtaining a master’s degree.

Darrell L. Smith Honorary Scholarship

Kylie Echard of Wabash, IN – Kylie is a junior at Purdue University pursuing a degree in agribusiness and agronomy. Kylie plans to work in the agricultural industry by utilizing her degrees to assist producers on their operations.

NCC High School Scholarships

Region 1: Cass, Miami, Hamilton, Howard, Wabash, Huntington and Kosciusko counties in Indiana. 

Ashley Beer of Milford, IN – Ashley is the daughter of Randy and Debra Beer and will graduate from Wawasee High School. Ashley will be attending Grace this fall to pursue a degree in business.

Makenna Dawes of LaFontaine, IN – Makenna is the daughter of Greg and Deb Dawes and will graduate from Southwood High School. Makenna plans to attend Purdue University and pursue a degree in animal science.

Allison Dragstrem of Amboy, IN – Allison is the daughter of Bob and Elaine Dragstrem and will graduate from Maconaquah High School. Allison will attend Lake Land Junior College this fall and pursue a degree in agricultural business.

Region 2: Elkhart, LaGrange, Noble, Steuben and DeKalb counties in Indiana plus Michigan counties of Cass, St. Joseph and Branch.

Lydia AcMoody of Coldwater, MI – Lydia is the daughter of Andy and Shelly AcMoody and will graduate from Coldwater High School. Lydia will attend Michigan State this fall and pursue a degree in agricultural business.

Mackenzie Smyth of Butler, IN – Mackenzie is the daughter of Jason and Tina Smyth and will graduate from Hamilton High School. Mackenzie will attend Ball State University this fall and pursue a degree in biology.

Region 3: Fulton, Marshall, Pulaski and St. Joseph counties in Indiana.

Evan Brandenburg of Rensselaer, IN – Evan is the son of Craig and Jennifer Brandenburg and will graduate from Rensselaer Central High School. Evan will pursue a degree in exercise science and physical therapy from the University of Indianapolis or Manchester College.

Regan Culp of Francesville, IN – Regain is the daughter of Dan and Melissa Culp and will graduate from West Central High School. Regan is planning on attending Purdue University to pursue a degree in animal science.

Region 4: Newaygo, Oceana and Mason counties in Michigan.

Gina Boeskool of Fremont, MI – Gina is the daughter of Tim and Joni Boeskool and will graduate from Fremont High School. Gina will pursue a degree in engineering from Michigan University this fall.