MACA Announces 2024 Young Leader Scholarship Program Recipients

The Mid America CropLife Association (MACA) Board of Directors selected nine college students to participate in the MACA Young Leader Scholarship Program (YLSP).

This is the 12th year for the program, which is designed to expose future agriculturalists to the crop protection industry and potential career opportunities. Recipients receive financial compensation, additional training for finding a job plus the opportunity to network with MACA members. MACA members benefit by developing a talent pool of future industry leaders and through the heightened awareness of MACA within the participating universities.

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The recipients’ educational focus is agriculture, and all are enrolled at one of the land-grant universities in the MACA region. They have secured a summer internship (2024) related to agriculture, preferably within the crop protection industry. Additionally, the selected recipients will attend the MACA Annual Meeting September 3-5, 2024, in Bloomington, MN and speak about their internship experience and participate in the meeting with MACA members.

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The recipients by state/university include:

  • COLORADO – Cynthia Padgett from Colorado State University is majoring in Soil and Crop Sciences with a minor in Organic Agriculture and Plant Health. Her summer internship is with Hoffman Farms in Greely, CO as a Farm Intern. She will graduate in December 2024.
  • ILLINOIS – Dennis Wollin is attending Southern Illinois University – Carbondale and majoring in Crop, Soil and Environmental Management with a minor in Unmanned Aircraft Systems, Agribusiness Economics and Animal Science. His summer internship is with The Effingham Equity as an Operations Intern. He will graduate in May 2026.
  • INDIANA – Katelyn King is attending Purdue University with a major in Agribusiness and a minor in Farm Management. Her summer internship is with Compeer Financial as a New Markets Intern. She will graduate in May 2025.
  • IOWA – Lauren Zaabel is attending Iowa State University with a major in Agricultural Business and Economics. Her summer internship is with Farm Credit Services of America as a Financial Officer Intern in Newton, IA. She will graduate in May 2025.
  • KANSAS – Grace Walenta attends Kansas State University with a major in Agricultural Economics and a minor in International Agriculture. Her summer internship is with The Andersons Inc. in Overland Park, KS. She will graduate in May 2026.
  • MICHIGAN – Sydney Masserant from Michigan State University is majoring in Crop and Soil Sciences and minoring in Agribusiness Management. Her summer internship is with Gold Coast Sales, LLC in Hudson, MI as an Agronomy Sales Intern. She will graduate in December 2025.
  • NEBRASKA – Hannah Williams from the University of Nebraska is majoring in Agribusiness with a minor in Business. Her summer internship is with Farm Credit in Lincoln, NE as an Insurance Officer Intern.
  • NORTH DAKOTA – Regan Jones is attending North Dakota State University with a major in Crop and Weed Sciences and a minor in Extension Education. Her summer internship is with Bayer in Glyndon, MN as a Summer Field Technician. She will graduate in May 2026.
  • OHIO – John Kohler attends Ohio State University with a major in Sustainable Plant Systems with a specialization in Agronomy and a minor in Agronomy. His summer internship is with Corteva in Lafayette, IN as a R&D Crop Protection Intern.
  • SOUTH DAKOTA – Dellana Muck from South Dakota State University is majoring in Agronomy and minoring in Precision Agriculture. Her summer internship is with Corteva in Western IL as a Commercial Sales Intern. She will graduate in May 2025.
  • WISCONSIN – Jacob Roden from the University of Wisconsin is majoring in Agricultural Business Management. His summer internship is with Compeer Financial – Loan Accounting Team. He will graduate in May 2025.

After completing their summer internships, the scholarship recipients receive a $2,000 scholarship to assist with their tuition expenses.

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