The Community Foundation of East Central Illinois announced today the nine recipients of the 2017 Farm Credit Illinois Family Scholarship which is administered by the Foundation: Emily Detmer, Britni Gortner, Jordan Greenwalt, Jacob Henning, Nicole Lappe, Jennifer Nigh, David Rhode, Lucille Stahl, and Lucas Wilson.
Scholars receive $3,000 toward their college education. The selection criteria emphasizes scholastic achievement, leadership and community contributions, career vision and goals, and financial need. Applicants for the Family Scholarship are 26 years of age or younger, the children or grandchildren of Farm Credit Illinois employees, and planning to enroll as full-time college students in the fall of 2017.
Emily Detmer, of Breese, is completing her first year at Belmont University studying mathematics. She graduated from Central Community High School and is the daughter of Jeff and Chris Detmer. Chris works as a sales and service specialist in FCI’s Highland regional office.
Britni Gortner, of Monticello, is a senior at Monticello High School and will enroll at the University of Missouri studying business in the fall. She is the daughter of Nicole Moore and Mark Gortner. Nicole is a credit assistant in FCI’s Mahomet central office.
Jordan Greenwalt, of Wayne City, is a senior at Wayne City High School and will enroll at Rend Lake College in the fall studying agricultural engineering. He is the son of James and Heather Greenwalt. Heather is an assistant vice president of crop risk management in FCI’s Mt. Vernon regional office.
Jacob Henning, of Milford, is completing his first year at Butler University studying accounting. He graduated from Milford High School and is the son of Danielle and Nicholas Henning. Nicholas is the regional manager in FCI’s Watseka regional office.
Nicole Lappe, of Aviston, is completing her first year at Maryville University studying nursing with a minor in business administration. She graduated from Central Community High School and is the daughter of Carla Lappe of Aviston and Richard E. Lappe Jr. of Carlyle. Carla is a vice president of financial services at FCI’s Jerseyville regional office.
Jennifer Nigh, of Eagle River, Ark., is completing her first year at the University of Anchorage Alaska studying biological sciences. She graduated from Paxton-Buckley-Loda High School and is the daughter of Timothy and Barbara Hess. Barbara is a credit assistant in FCI’s Mahomet central office.
David Rhode, of Morton, is studying at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago for his medical doctorate. He graduated from Morton High School and is the son of Rebekah and Bob Rhode. Bob is a senior vice president and general counsel based at FCI’s Mahomet central office.
Lucille Stahl, of Mahomet, is completing her second year at Lake Forest College studying psychology with minors in neuroscience, sociology, and anthropology. She graduated from Mahomet-Seymour High School and is the daughter of Dennis and Amy Stahl. Amy is a commercial lending sales and service specialist in FCI’s Mahomet central office.
Lucas Wilson, of West Frankfort, is completing his second year at John A. Logan College and will transfer to Southern Illinois University Carbondale studying agribusiness economics in the fall. He graduated from Frankfort Community High School and is the son of Lori and Kevin Wilson. Kevin is the regional manager in FCI’s Marion regional office.
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About the Community Foundation of East Central Illinois:
The Community Foundation of East Central Illinois is a publically-supported 501(c)(3) tax-exempt philanthropic organization created in 1972 to encourage and receive contributions establishing endowments for the long-term benefit of east central Illinois. Because the funds are endowed, they are permanently invested to produce income that is used to meet charitable needs of the community. The Community Foundation is independently governed by 15 Trustees serving without compensation and chosen for their knowledge of the community and their expertise in the areas of management necessary to carry out the functions of the Foundation. For more information, visit www.cfeci.org.
About Farm Credit Illinois:
Farm Credit Illinois is a farmer owned and directed agricultural lending cooperative serving 11,000 farm families, agribusinesses, and rural landowners in the southern 60 counties of Illinois with competitive and flexible financing and crop insurance expertise. The Association manages a $4.25 billion loan portfolio, provides 1.4 million acres of crop insurance coverage, and employs 210 staff based in the Mahomet central office and 14 regional office locations. The U.S. Farm Credit System supports rural communities, farm families, and agriculture with reliable, consistent credit and financial services today and tomorrow.