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Farm Credit East Provides Scholarships to Support Agricultural Education

Farm Credit East recently awarded $14,950 in scholarships to support the attendance of 15 educators to Curriculum for Agricultural Science Education (CASE) programs. Eleven of the teachers will attend the Introduction to Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources (AFNR) institute. Other teachers will be attending Agricultural Science – Plant, Agricultural Power and Technology, Natural Resources and Ecology and Agricultural Research and Development.  

The teachers receiving scholarships include:

  • Kaylie Ackerly, Spencer-Van Etten Central School, NY
  • Crystal Aukema, Oxford Academy and Central School, NY
  • Nicholas Bodnar, Rondout Valley Central School, NY
  • Rebecca Cossa, John Bowne High School, NY
  • Johanna Fox-Bossard, Hamilton Central School, NY
  • Forrest Hess, Letchworth High School, NY
  • Rachael Humphrey, Preservice Teacher-SUNY Oswego, NY
  • Pebbles Lacross, Bloomfield High School, Conn.
  • Deanna Miller, Woodstown High School, NJ
  • Paul Perry, Vernon-Verona-Sherrill Central School, NY
  • Laura Pinhas, Sussex County Technical School, NJ
  • Christopher Smith, Oppenheim-Ephratah-Saint Johnsville High School, NY
  • Nicole Smith, Cumberland Regional High School, NJ
  • Sara Tuthill, Vernon-Verona-Sherrill Central School, NY
  • Gleason Walley, Chateaugay Central School, NY

"Farm Credit East is committed to supporting the next generation of Northeast agriculture. This investment in continued teacher education will flow through to students, helping to further develop and inspire the next generation of agricultural leaders,” said Lisa Sellew, Farm Credit East director and chair of the Board’s AgInitiative Committee.

Farm Credit East announced these scholarships to commemorate the Farm Credit System’s centennial and to reaffirm the cooperative’s focus on the future of Northeast agriculture. An additional $50,000 was committed to CASE to support the development of a new agricultural business curriculum.

CASE is a project of the National Association of Agricultural Educators. CASE courses integrate science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) concepts with hands-on, inquiry-based learning. Since 2009, CASE has certified 1,134 teachers from 40 states, including 47 teachers from the Northeast states Farm Credit East serves. Visit to learn more.


For more information:
Contact: Kristie Schmitt
Telephone: 860.741.4380