Brett Meador named 2015 Earl Passwaters AgVenture Scholar

KENTLAND, INDIANA (July 30, 2015) — The third annual Earl H. Passwaters Scholarship was awarded this week to Brett Meador of Lena, Illinois. Brett, the son of Rick and Mary Meador, is a sophomore at Iowa State University, majoring in agronomy. The $1000 scholarship is awarded annually to a college student with plans to pursue a career in agriculture working on a farm. Full-time students with a 3.0 grade point or higher are eligible.

The scholarship recognition luncheon was held at the AgVenture, Inc. corporate offices at Kentland, Indiana. Meador and his parents were welcomed by Beth Passwaters and the AgVenture staff. The Earl H. Passwaters Agricultural Scholarship was established in memory of Earl Passwaters, owner of East Coast Seed, who passed away suddenly in 2011. Throughout his career, Passwaters 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.

The 2015 scholarship was offered by Earl’s wife, Beth Passwaters, and their children, Brian and Mandy. At the recognition program, Passwaters said, “We are thrilled to award this scholarship to such a hard-working, dedicated young agriculture professional. Brett shows diligence in his studies, dedication to community service, and active participation in a variety of endeavors. His passion for agriculture and enthusiasm for learning make us very proud to present this scholarship to him. We are confident he’ll put this to good work to further his agriculture experience and education.”

This summer, Meador is participating as an intern with AgVenture PureLine at Princeton, Illinois. His supervisor, Marketing and Sales Manager Todd Ashpole noted, “Brett’s parents have provided him with a great foundation to advance his career and agriculture’s future. It’s obvious, working on a day-to-day basis with him, that he’s a high quality individual. It’s been a great experience to mentor him, and foster his growth this summer. He will go far in this field.”

Meador added, “I am honored to receive the Passwaters Scholarship. I appreciate the financial support. I am also very grateful for the fellowship and knowledge that I have gained throughout this summer working with AgVenture. The scholarship will go a long way toward helping support my education, and helping me continue to work together with my dad on our farm.”

AgVenture, Inc. is the nation’s largest network of independently owned regional seed companies. Based in Kentland, Indiana, 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.