Rachel Hawk of Aledo is a recipient of the 2013 First Choice Agriculture Scholarship from 1st Farm Credit Services.
Hawk, a senior at Mercer County High School, is the daughter of Mark and Shelly Hawk. She has been active in 4-H, FFA and band.
1st Farm Credit Services recently announced the 24 recipients of the $1,500 scholarships, which are awarded to students who live in the association’s territory. The scholarships support students who will attend a university, college or community college to pursue an agriculture degree or a degree that will contribute to the quality of rural life.
“Our scholarship recipients show there is a bright and prosperous future for all aspects of agriculture,” said 1st Farm Credit Services President/CEO Gary J. Ash. “These young adults carry a passion for agriculture with them and will return to their communities to cultivate opportunities to become future leaders. We are proud to help encourage them along the way.”
Recipients were selected from a pool of 165 applicants based on their future commitment to rural America, academic achievement, community activities and agriculture involvement. An independent panel of leaders in farming, agribusiness, youth and education judged the applications.
A banquet and formal presentation of the scholarships will be hosted by 1st Farm Credit Services for the students and their parents in June.
In the fall, Hawk plans to attend the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign to pursue a degree in animal science. She hopes to become a veterinarian and work with all animals in a rural community.
1st Farm Credit Services leads the industry in agriculture loans, risk management products and various services such as crop insurance, loan and lease options, as well as agricultural real estate appraisals. The cooperative serves 42 counties in the northern half of Illinois through its 16 local offices. More information is available at www.1stfarmcredit.com.