Lincoln, NE (May 23, 2023) – The Nebraska Cooperative Council Education Foundation (NCCEF)
has awarded 9 scholarships totaling $20,100 for the 2023/24 academic year to students at the University
of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) College of Agricultural Sciences & Natural Resources, the Nebraska College
of Technical Agriculture (NCTA) at Curtis, and the University of Nebraska-Kearney (UNK).
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, 240 scholarships totaling $333,700 have been
To be eligible for the scholarships, students must be majoring in agribusiness or agricultural
economics at UNL, agribusiness or ag production systems at NCTA, or agribusiness at UNK. Eligibility is
restricted to sons/daughters of a parent/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.
The NCCEF 2023/24AY recipients are:
Recipient of a $2,500 NCCEF Scholarship in Honor of Robert C. Andersen
◊ Madison Hirschman, daughter of Robert & Kathryn Hirschman of St Paul, will be a sophomore at
UNL majoring in agricultural economics. The Hirschman’s are members of CVA headquartered in
York and the Aurora Co-op Elevator Co headquartered in Aurora.
Recipients of a $2,500 NCCEF Scholarship in Honor of Michael S. Turner
◊ Madison Adam, daughter of Alex & Natalie Adam of Alliance, will be a senior at UNL majoring in
agricultural economics. The Adam’s are members of WESTCO headquartered in Alliance,
Farmers Co-op Elevator Company headquartered in Hemingford, and are customers of Farm
Credit Services of America headquartered in Omaha.
◊ Sam Wilkins, son of Brad & Wendy Wilkins of Ainsworth, will be a senior at UNL majoring in
agricultural economics. The Wilkins’ are members of CVA headquartered in York.
◊ Skylar Shanahan, daughter of Tim & Missy Shanahan of Cedar Bluffs, will be a junior at UNL
majoring in agribusiness. The Shanahan’s are members of Frontier Co-op headquartered in Lincoln and CVA headquartered in York.
◊ Hannah Williams, daughter of Bruce & Amy Williams of Morse Bluff, will be a junior at UNL
majoring in agribusiness. The Williams’ are members of Frontier Co-op headquartered in Lincoln.
◊ Isaac Kuehn, son of Joel & Shannon Kuehn of Heartwell, will be a freshman at UNL majoring in
agribusiness. The Kuehn’s are members of CPI headquartered in Hastings.
◊ Cooper Schutz, son of Joel & Jennifer Schutz of Arapahoe, will be a senior at UNK majoring in
agribusiness. The Schutz’s are members of Ag Valley Co-op headquartered in Edison.
Recipients of a $1,300 NCCEF Scholarship in Honor of Michael S. Turner
◊ Bailey Holtmeier, daughter of Ryan & Angie Holtmeier of Tobias, will be a freshman at NCTA
majoring in ag production systems. The Holtmeier’s are members of Farmers Cooperative
headquartered in Dorchester.
◊ Tyler Keener, son of Dustan & Michelle Keener, will be a freshman at NCTA majoring in ag
production systems. The Keeners’ are members of Panhandle Co-op Assn. headquartered in
“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.