Area grads collect First Cooperative scholarships

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

First Cooperative Association, headquartered in Cherokee, Iowa with 23 locations in Northwest Iowa has awarded 24 $500 scholarships to chosen graduates in their trade area. Since 1997 in excess of $178,000 has been given to local graduates to further their education in a variety of fields.

This year’s area recipients include:

Henry Peterson, Alta-Aurelia High School

Austin Degen, Ridge View High School

Madeline Else, Ridge View High School

Jill Galvin, Ridge View High School

Rachel Kenny, Ridge View High School

Anna Schmitt, Ridge View High School

Whitney Anderson, Sioux Central High School

Ben Hargens, Sioux Central High School

Alex Merten, Storm Lake St. Mary’s High School

Many of these young people are entering agricultural related and rural study fields and intend to work in rural areas. This is part of a culture that is encouraged by First Cooperative with the hope of continuing and strengthening the rural economy in Iowa.