First Annual Earl H. Passwaters Agricultural Scholarship is Awarded

KENTLAND, IN (June 26, 2013) – The first annual Earl H. Passwaters Agricultural Scholarship was awarded during AgVenture, Inc.’s annual national sales conference held this week in Merrillville, Indiana. The $1,000 endowed scholarship was awarded 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 and their children, Brian and Mandy.

AgVenture Business Development Manager Chuck Schneider said, “This scholarship would not have been possible without the generous support of Earl’s family and by the many generous people who contributed to this fund. Many of those who contributed are in this room. It is an honor for AgVenture and our Regional Seed Companies to share in this commitment to young men and women who are dedicating their livelihoods to production agriculture.”

Beth Passwaters said, “The scholarship honors three things that were important to Earl; his family, agriculture and support to young farmers. It is a privilege to share Earl’s passionate support of young people through this scholarship. Our family is grateful to AgVenture and proud to encourage Clayton in his future in agriculture.”

Robison, an animal science student, 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, music, sports and community service.

Robison was selected from a pool of candidates applying from across the country. The scholarship will be awarded annually to a student pursuing an agriculture degree and with plans to live 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 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.

Pictured presenting the Earl H. Passwaters Agricultural Scholarship are Jim Groepper, AgVenture, Inc. V.P., Beth Passwaters, recipient Clayton Robison, Sharon Robison and AgVenture, Inc. General Manager, Dave Treinen