KENTLAND, IN (June 23, 2014) – AgVenture, Inc. has announced the recipient of the Earl H. Passwaters Agricultural Scholarship. During the company’s annual national sales conference held this week in St. Louis, Missouri, the $1,000 endowed scholarship was awarded for the second year to Iowa State University student, Clayton Robison of Winfield, Iowa. Clayton is the son of Chris and Sharon Robison.
The scholarship was established in memory of Earl Passwaters, a founder of AgVenture East Coast Seed, who passed away suddenly in 2011. It was offered by Earl’s wife, Beth Passwaters, and on behalf of their children, Brian and Mandy.
AgVenture Business Development Manager Chuck Schneider said, “We are very pleased to offer this scholarship to students pursuing a future in production agriculture. It personifies the commitment our many Regional Seed Companies (RSCs) make every day to their customers and their profitability.”
Beth Passwaters said, “It is a great pleasure to award this scholarship to such a deserving young man. He personifies the qualities that make AgVenture, and the future of agriculture so promising. Clayton is a very well-rounded young producer who is committed to his agriculture passions, his family and to activities and service within his community. We are proud of his accomplishments and look forward to his bright future in production agriculture.”
Robison will be a junior at Iowa State University majoring in ag studies and minoring in agronomy. He is very active in crop and livestock management on his family’s corn, soybean and alfalfa farm where they also custom feed pigs, raise commercial cattle and maintain a string of show pigs. He was an active 4-H member and is involved in college organizations including Alpha Gamma Rho fraternity and Block and Bridle, music, sports and community service.
Robison was selected from a pool of candidates applying from across the country. The scholarship is awarded annually to a student pursuing an agriculture degree and with plans for a career on a working farm. Applicants must maintain a GPA of 3.0 or higher, demonstrate community involvement and submit an essay about why they chose a career in agriculture, and the benefits of having a degree in the agriculture field. Interested applicants, or contributors to the scholarship fund, may contact their AgVenture Regional Seed Company or the Newton County Community Foundation in Rensselaer, Indiana for more information.
East Coast Seed was founded 2008. Today the company continues to serve corn, soybean and alfalfa producers across Maryland, Delaware, New Jersey and Pennsylvania, providing them access to AgVenture® brand seed products and year-round professional seed support.