August 19, 2019

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Farm Credit East Provides Scholarships to Four Future Agriculture Leaders

August 19, 2019

Farm Credit East has awarded four scholarships to students involved in the National FFA Organization (Future Farmers of America) as part of a new scholarship the financial cooperative began offering last fall. The student recipients exemplified a strong Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) and expressed a clear understanding of their project’s impact on their future career in an agriculturally related field.

“Farm Credit East is committed to supporting the next generation of Northeast agriculture,” said Farm Credit East CEO Bill Lipinski. “These aspiring students have drive and passion, and their SAE projects are an important part of their development. We’re pleased to support their endeavors on their route to a career in an agriculturally related field.”

The following students each received a $500 scholarship to support their current SAE project or to enhance their knowledge of the agriculture, commercial fishing or forest products industries.

  • Stephania Surowiec, of Winnisaquam Regional High School and FFA chapter in Tilton, NH. Her diversified SAE includes vegetable production, managing her family’s agribusiness and plant breeding.
  • Ameila Casper, of Salem Vo-Tech and FFA chapter in Mannington, NJ. Through her small animal SAE she breeds, raises, sells and markets various breeds of rabbits.
  • Connor Moore, of Penn Yan Academy and FFA chapter in Penn Yan, NY, currently raises, breeds and markets British White Beef Cattle.
  • Madison Miller, of Delaware Academy Central School and FFA chapter in Delhi, NY. Her SAE focuses on beekeeping and plant science.

As part of this program, four scholarships are awarded twice per year. Farm Credit East is currently accepting applications for the December 31, 2019 deadline. Applicants must be active in their local FFA chapter and reside within the seven states Farm Credit East serves. To apply for a Farm Credit East FFA scholarship, please visit, or contact a Farm Credit East branch office.

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