Trader earns scholarship for agriculture studies

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (Jan. 23, 2020) — Recent Rend Lake College graduate Mackenzie Trader was one of 10 students to receive a scholarship from the Independent Professional Seed Association this month.

Trader was awarded the $2,000 scholarship at the IPSA’s 31st Annual Meeting in Kansas City last week. The scholarship program was created by the Myron “Ted” Asplin Family to benefit the future of agriculture by supporting and encouraging the education of upcoming ag professionals. Selection is based on a combination of academic achievement, community and agriculture involvement for high school seniors and active college students majoring in an agriculture-related field. This year, there were 129 applicants for the scholarships.

Trader IPSA ScholarshipMackenzie Trader poses with Independent Professional Seed Association board member Tim Greene during the IPSA's 31st Annual Meeting in Kansas City. (Submitted Photo)

Trader, a Scheller native, recently graduated from RLC in 2019. The former RLC Student Trustee was the keynote speaker at the May commencement ceremony and transferred to Murray State University to continue studies in agronomy.

Others receiving scholarships were: McKenzie Carvalho of Oklahoma State University, Kathryn Gardner of the University of Arkansas, Makenna Green of Lake Land Community College, Miriam Hoffman of Illinois Valley Community College, Jack Howard of Murray State University, Anna Mathis of the University of Arkansas, Natalie Vujanov of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and Karson Kimpling of the University of Illinois.

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