Applicants sought for Douglas County Ag Center Scholarships

The Douglas County Ag Center Committee is accepting scholarship applicants for students with an interest in agriculture to apply for the Douglas County Ag Center Scholarship.

Scholarship winners have something in common: they have a love for agriculture and want to pursue that passion as a career.

For Mark Snider of Tuscola, he knew what profession he wanted to pursue in college—agriculture. “I came to notice the immense importance that the agricultural industry has on the world, as well as having plentiful career opportunities for young professionals. I decided that the career opportunities and sense of purpose the agricultural industry provides made it a worthwhile pursuit.”

After graduating from Tuscola High School, Snider continued that pursuit at the University of Illinois. After graduation, he accepted a job as a commodity merchandiser for ADM. At that time, he worked out of the Havana, Illinois, office. Snider originated corn, soybeans, and wheat for ADM’s three river terminals on the southern part of the Illinois River. In September 2018, he relocated to ADM’s North American Headquarters in Decatur. In his new position, he is a merchandiser with the Eastern Grain Trading group. His job responsibilities include procurement and trading of corn for the eastern U.S markets by way of rail transportation.

Snider views the agriculture industry with great optimism.  He says, “Our farmers, companies, and policy makers are a constant source of innovation. It is inspiring and exciting to be involved in agriculture at a time when so many parts are evolving and changing, and that I get to contribute my small part to an industry that is vital to our growing world.”

“It’s really rewarding to see what some of the previous Ag Center Scholarship recipients have done with their careers,” says Ag Center president, Dennis Ochs. “We are very blessed in this county with producing good crops AND a great crop of students interested in agriculture.”

Snider keeps an open mind about learning opportunities. Surrounded by people from different backgrounds at college, he learned to view the world in a different perspective. Learning the skill to question and expand one’s worldview is something he continues to do today.

Snider currently lives in Champaign, enjoys traveling, and playing golf as much as possible.

For nearly twenty years, the Douglas County Ag Center Scholarships have helped defray the cost of attending college. Coming from a variety of backgrounds– on the farm or off the farm—Douglas County college students have benefitted from the scholarships in the field of agriculture. Several have come back to farm in Douglas County and many currently work for agribusinesses. Several have continued their studies and received Master’s degrees.

To be considered for the 2019 Douglas County Ag Center Scholarship, successful applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • From Douglas County and enrolled in an Agriculture related field of study.
  • Completed one semester of college course work.
  • Submit a copy of college transcript.
  • Submit a letter of application telling about yourself (500 word maximum)

Scholarships for the Douglas County Ag Center Scholarship should be submitted to the Douglas County Farm Bureau at 105 N. Main Street, Tuscola, IL 61953 by February 22nd.. For more information about the Douglas County Ag Center Scholarship, contact Pat Titus at (217) 202-5204 or Dennis Ochs at (217) 202-2333.

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