PRINCETON – Caroline Downey of Putnam is a recipient of the 2016 First Choice Agriculture Scholarship from 1st Farm Credit Services.
Downey, a graduate of Henry-Senachwine High School, is the daughter of Jonathan and Rhonda Downey. She has been active in 4-H, FFA and her local church.
1st Farm Credit Services recently announced the 24 recipients of the $1,500 scholarship, which supports students who are pursuing a higher education in an agriculture field or a degree that will contribute to the quality of rural life.
2016 marks the 23rd year of a high school scholarship program being offered by 1st Farm Credit Services. Since 1994, the association has funded more than $420,000 in scholarships.
“These students have the potential to be the next great researchers, teachers, advocates and farmers in agriculture,” said 1st Farm Credit Services President/CEO Gary J. Ash. “Many of these scholars have roots in 4-H and FFA and show a strong commitment to serving agriculture in the future. Our scholarship recipients have gone on to do great things, and we are happy to make an impact on their journey.”
Recipients were selected from a pool of more than 145 applicants based on their future commitment to rural America, academic achievement, community activities and agriculture involvement. An independent panel of leaders in farming, agribusiness, youth and education selected the scholarship recipients.
In the fall, Downey plans to attend the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign to study animal science and agricultural education. She hopes to become a high school agriculture teacher or veterinarian.
A banquet and formal presentation of the scholarships will be hosted by 1st Farm Credit Services for the students and their parents in July.