Illinois Agri-Women announces 2020
Skye Kretzinger among recipients
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[June 29, 2020]
Kylie Michelle Miller of Cropsy is the winner of the 2020 Illinois
Agri-Women Helen Henert Agricultural Education Scholarship. This
$1,500 scholarship is awarded annually to an agriculture education
major finishing her degree in the upcoming year. Miller will be a
senior in Agricultural Education this fall at University of Illinois
Urbana-Champaign. She attended Prairie Central High School.
The Women Changing the Face of Agriculture (WCFA) conference, a
project of the Illinois Agri-Women, takes place each spring to
encourage young women to interact with women in agriculture, learn
more about careers in the industry, and network with agricultural
leaders from across the country. This year, three WCFA Agent of
Change $1,000 scholarships are awarded to college students who
aspire to make a difference through their careers in the
agricultural industry. The 2020 recipients are as follows:
Ashley Renee Althaus, daughter of Steve and Deb Althaus of Sublette,
will receive a $1,000 scholarship. Althaus attended Amboy High
School and plans to study Agriculture at Iowa State University.
Kelli M. Black of Herrick will also receive a $1,000 scholarship.
She is a daughter of Ed and Becki Thompson. She attended Southern
Illinois University in Ag Education and will study Ag Business at
Murray State University.
Callie Jean Wildman of Clinton will receive a $1,000 scholarship.
Her parents are Rodney and Stacey Wildman. Wildman is a graduate of
Cerro Gordo High School and plans to study Agri-Business. Her
college career began at Parkland College, followed by Murray State
Twenty additional $1000 Women Changing the Face of Agriculture (WCFA)
Agent of Change Scholarships have been awarded to current Illinois
college students who participated and assisted with the 2020 WCFA
Career Development Event. Twenty companies/organizations responded
to an initiative that began with a pledge from an anonymous
foundation to match donations made by companies supporting Women
Changing the Face of Agriculture, a project of Illinois Agri-Women.
The Illinois Agri-Women understand the impact of their efforts to
reward students based on responses such as Abigayle Endress shared:
"I appreciate all that you do for the young women who are interested
in agriculture throughout the state. Women Changing the Face of
Agriculture is a great resource for young women both sure and unsure
of the career path they wish to pursue as well as a wonderful
opportunity to network and build relationships with industry
leaders, collegiate recruiters, and other young women. I sincerely
hope that my course schedule will allow me to attend and volunteer
at the Women Changing the Face of Agriculture event next year.
Again, thank you!"
The 20 matching scholarships are designed to connect the recipients
with the donors to strengthen the network of professional women
across the State of Illinois. The recipients and their sponsoring
Taylar Nicole Beal - Mauer-Stutz. Daughter of Keith and Denise Beal
of Forrest, Beal attends Joliet Junior College studying animal
Jessica Bowgren - Nutrien. Bowgren, from Maple Park, is a daughter
of Steve and Gaye Bowgren. She is studying agronomy and ag business
at Illinois State University.
Madison R. Brown McDonalds/ Henkel. Daughter of Paige and Tom
Brown of Waterloo, Brown studies animal science/pre-vet at Illinois
Alexis Claire Carroll CGB Diversified Services. Carroll is a
daughter of Andy & Brenda Carroll of Carrollton, studying ag
education at Lincoln Land Community College.
Karah Francis Colebank Kubota. Studying ag education and
communications at Illinois State University after attending Joliet
Junior College, Colebank is a daughter of Ron & Sheri Colebank of
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Riley Christine Donelson Leido, Inc./Ameren Illinois. Daughter of
Phil and Tanya Donelson of Quincy, Donelson studied at Illinois
Central College, transferring to Illinois State University in ag
Abigail Leigh Eckman Bayer. Eckman, from Leland is a daughter of
Taunya and Chad Eckman. She is studying ag business at Joliet Junior
Abigayle June Endress John Deere. Daughter of Brad & Shauna
Endress of Pearl City, Endress is interested in ag education and ag
public policy & law. She studied at Highland Community College,
transferring to Drake Law School.
Piaget Renelle Felix Bunge. Daughter of Wakeelah Caldwell of
Manteno, Felix attended Kankakee Community College, transferring to
Illinois State University to study ag education.
Megan Elizabeth Finfrock - IL Society of Professional Farm Managers
and Rural Appraisers (ISPFMRA). Finfrock, from Clinton is a daughter
of Marvin and Shelley Finfrock, pursuing her interest in ag
economics, ag business, and agronomy at University of Illinois.
Makenna Jaelynne Green ADM. Daughter of Justin and Monica Green or
Arthur, Green is pursuing crop science and agronomy at Lake Land
Gwen Dalin Heimerdinger Macon County Farm Bureau. After beginning
college at Highland Community College, Heimerdinger is studying ag
education at University of Illinois. Her parents are James and Leann
Heimerdinger of Pearl City.
Aidann Nicole Kinsella Clarkson Grain. Daughter of Doug & April
Kinsella of Yorkville, Kinsella is pursuing ag business and
livestock studies beginning at Joliet Junior College and continuing
at Iowa State University.
Skye Lynn Kretzinger Tate & Lyle.
Kretzinger is a daughter of Tiffany & Joseph Kretzinger of Mount
Pulaski. Her interest in ag law and agriculture in society has been
studied at Lincoln Land Community College and will be continued at
Iowa State University.
Ava Elizabeth Marshall Illinois Farm Bureau. Daughter of Alex &
Annette Marshall of Leland, Marshall is studying ag communications
at Joliet Junior College.
Callie Elizabeth McClay Cargill. McClay, from Nashville, is a
daughter of Steve and Denise McClay, pursuing her interest in ag
communications, public relations, and marketing at University of
Hunter Brianne McDermith Busey. Daughter of Melissa McDermith and
Brian McDermith from Moweaqua, McDermith is studying animal science
and veterinary science at the University of Illinois.
Sydney Ann Poyner BASF. Poyner is a daughter of Jen and Chris
Poyner of Seneca, who is studying at University of Illinois after
transferring from Joliet Junior College. She is pursuing her
interest in ag education and communications.
Sophia Ailene Reavley Corteva. Daughter of Harold and Catharine
Reavley of Havana, Reavleys interest at Illinois State University
is in crop and soil science, research, and conservation.
Madison Wilson Farm Credit Illinois. Studying ag communications at
University of Illinois, Wilson is a daughter of Scott and Stacey
Wilson of Philo.
For more information about Illinois Agri-Women scholarships and
opportunities, visit illinoisagriwomen.org. To learn more about the
2020 Women Changing the Face of Agriculture conference, visit
[Lynn Curry, Scholarship Chair