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Rachel Schurman named 2016 Earl Passwaters AgVenture Scholar


JOHNSTON, IOWA (June 23, 2016) - The fourth annual Earl H. Passwaters Scholarship has been awarded to Rachel Schurman, daughter of Jacob and Sherry Schurman of DeMotte, Indiana. Rachel is a sophomore at Purdue University majoring in Animal Agribusiness. The one-thousand-dollar scholarship is awarded annually to a college student pursuing a career in agriculture. Full-time students with a 3.0 grade point or higher are eligible. 

The scholarship recognition event was held on the campus of Purdue University and followed by a dinner. Schurman and her parents were welcomed by Beth Passwaters and members the AgVenture staff, and by Regional Seed Company representatives including East Coast Seed Owner, Mark Davis, and other interns and guests. 

The Earl H. Passwaters Agricultural Scholarship was established in memory of Earl Passwaters, owner of East Coast Seed, who passed away suddenly in 2011. Earl’s wife, Beth Passwaters said, “The scholarship is offered on behalf of myself, and our children, Brian and Mandy. Throughout his career, Earl was passionate about working directly with young farmers. With a strong belief in the value of education supported by experience, he remained committed to supporting their efforts. Through the scholarship, his legacy endures.”

At the recognition program, Passwaters said, “We are very proud to offer this scholarship to Rachel. She is a dedicated student with a passion for the agriculture industry. We are proud to support her in her academic and ag career pursuits.”

Schurman said, “I am and honored to receive the Passwaters Scholarship. I appreciate the financial support. In addition, I am truly humbled by the outpouring of genuine interest in and support for me in my developing career offered by Mrs. Passwaters and everyone at AgVenture. Our family plants AgVenture seed. Their commitment to their customers is genuine, and that makes me feel very welcomed into the field of agriculture.” 

AgVenture, Inc. is the nation’s largest network of independently owned regional seed companies. AgVenture provides this growing network of independently owned and managed seed business owners with seed products meeting exacting standards for quality, together with leading-edge genetics and technology. Since 1983, this unique marketing approach has allowed each individual company to match the hybrids and varieties it sells to the specific needs of the geographical area it serves. Combined with professional seed representation at a local level, AgVenture strives to help every grower realize more profit from every field.

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