NCCEF Awards Scholarships, Two Received by CVA Member-Owners


Lincoln, NE (June 20, 2018)  – The Nebraska Cooperative Council Education Foundation (NCCEF) has awarded eight scholarships totaling $19,000 for the 2018/19 academic year to students at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) College of Agricultural Sciences & Natural Resources and the Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture (NCTA) at Curtis.

The NCCEF scholarship program was initiated for the 1993/94 academic year with funding from voluntary contributions from the agricultural cooperatives which are members of the Nebraska Cooperative Council. Since the program’s inception, 189 scholarships totaling $199,100 have been awarded.

To be eligible for the scholarships, students must be majoring in agricultural business/economics at UNL or agribusiness or ag production systems at NCTA. Eligibility is restricted to sons or daughters of a parent or legal guardian who has been an active member, director, or employee for at least the prior three years of a cooperative which has been a member in good standing of the Council for at least five years. Other criteria are used by UNL and NCTA.

The recipient of a $2,500 NCCEF Scholarship in Honor of Robert C. Andersen at UNL is:
  • Eric Klitz, son of John & Alice Klitz of West Point, will be a junior majoring in agribusiness. The Klitz's are members of Central Valley Ag Co-op headquartered in York.
In addition, the recipients of NCCEF Scholarships in Honor of Michael S. Turner include 6 recipients of $2,500 scholarships at UNL and 1 recipient of a $1,500 scholarship at NCTA. One of these recipients is also a son to CVA member-owners.
  • Brent Miller, son of Roy & Sarah Miller of Oakland, will be a junior majoring in agribusiness.  The Miller's are members of Central Valley Ag Co-op headquartered in York.
“The Nebraska Cooperative Council Education Foundation is honored to provide students with financial support, allowing them to be able to study agricultural business/economics. Education is one of the fundamental cooperative principles, and this program continues to be an important part of our efforts to help youth understand the cooperative way of doing business and interest them in pursuing careers in the agricultural industry here in Nebraska,” according to Gerald Schmidt, Foundation Board Chairman.

The purposes of the Nebraska Cooperative Council Education Foundation are to promote and encourage high school graduates to pursue higher education in the agricultural and agribusiness fields through scholarships and the implementation of school-to-work programs with participating Nebraska cooperatives; to encourage high school graduates to remain in Nebraska in agricultural pursuits all of which will result in community betterment; and the preservation of agriculture as a way of life.