[Lincoln, Neb., March 5th, 2020] The Alliance for the Future of Agriculture in Nebraska (AFAN) is honoring their 15th anniversary by celebrating agriculture’s next generation of producers. From over 50 applicants, AFAN has awarded 15 exceptional college students from across the state of Nebraska with a $250 scholarship.  To be considered, students applying had to be currently enrolled in college pursuing a degree in the field of agriculture and have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5. Community colleges, universities, undergrad and graduate programs were all eligible.

“AFAN is committed to growing Nebraska agriculture throughout generations so we are excited to be able to celebrate students who are pursuing a degree that will benefit Nebraska agriculture,” said Steve Martin, executive director.

AFAN was formed in 2005 by the leading agricultural organizations in Nebraska to conduct outreach, promotion, and provide information to consumers about Nebraska agriculture and where their food comes from. In 2015, these organizations saw another need – advancing livestock development, agriculture and food processing businesses in Nebraska. Since then AFAN has focused on encouraging the development of livestock, working with communities and Nebraska leaders to create opportunities for industries that add value to Nebraska’s agricultural output and energize the economy.

Following are the 15 students who will receive an AFAN scholarship:

Nathan Burnett, a freshman from Shelton majoring in livestock industry management and agribusiness at the

Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture in Curtis.

Cesar Cyuzuzo, a sophomore from Rwanda majoring in integrated sciences at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln (UNL).

Sarah Eberspacher, a freshman from Beaver Crossing majoring in agriculture and environmental sciences communication at UNL.

Brianna Gable, a freshman from Waverly majoring in agricultural economics at UNL.

Maria Harthoorn, a sophomore from Ainsworth majoring in agricultural economics at UNL.

Marissa Kegley, a graduate student from Kearney majoring in veterinary medicine at UNL.

Korbin Kudera, a sophomore from Clarkson majoring in agronomy at UNL.

Morgan Leefers, a junior from Otoe majoring in agricultural economics at UNL.

Olivia Leising, a freshman from Arapahoe majoring in agricultural science at Concordia University in Seward.

Sydni Lienemann, a senior from Princeton majoring in agricultural economics at UNL.

Tyler Michael Quick, a sophomore from Alliance majoring in agricultural education and horticulture at UNL.

Jacob Rosse, a senior from Gothenburg majoring in agronomy at UNL.

Kara Valasek, a graduate student from Palmer majoring in veterinary medicine at UNL

Alexandra Volchoskie, a Senior from Wilcox majoring in agricultural and environmental sciences communication at UNL.

Michael Wolfe, a junior from Palmer majoring in animal science (pre-vet) at UNL.

About AFAN: The Alliance for the Future of Agriculture in Nebraska (AFAN) is a non-profit organization formed by leading agriculture organizations with the support of other membership groups, individuals, commodity organizations and private businesses. AFAN works with individual producers and communities across Nebraska to encourage the development of environmentally responsible and economically viable livestock production in the state. For more information, go to becomeafan.org.

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AFAN announces winners of 15th anniversary scholarship