KFB Foundation for Agriculture awards $23,500 in scholarships to 39 students


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MANHATTAN — Kansas Farm Bureau’s (KFB) Foundation for Agriculture will award $23,500 in scholarships to 39 students studying in fields that benefit agriculture during the 2022-23 school year.

Over the past decade, the foundation has awarded more than $250,000 in scholarships. Additionally, county Farm Bureaus across the state award more than $150,000 annually to students continuing their education.

“We’re investing in students today to ensure they become tomorrow’s leaders,” says Kansas Farm Bureau President and Foundation Chair Rich Felts.

Shelby Spreier, Harvey County, was awarded $1,000 for the Frank and Helen Bernasek Memorial Scholarship, a permanent, privately endowed scholarship fund.

Shelby Varner, Butler County, received $1,000 for the K-State Agricultural Communications and Journalism Scholarship.
Bailey Sipes, Stanton County, is the winner of the $500 Godfrey and Emma Bahr-Miller Memorial Scholarship, a permanent, privately endowed scholarship fund.

Isaac Wingert, Franklin County, was awarded $500 for the DeWitt Ahlerich Memorial Scholarship, a permanent, privately endowed scholarship fund.

Ethan Armstrong, Marshall County, received $500 for the Lester Crandall Memorial Scholarship, a permanent, privately endowed scholarship fund.

Six students received $500 scholarships to Kansas technical colleges. They are Caleb Dechant, Sherman County; Rosston Eckroat, Ellis County; Cord Frink, Sherman County; Nolan Juenemann, Norton County; Lane Kennedy, Sheridan County; and Zared Vernon, Hamilton County.

Four $1,000 KFB scholarships were awarded to juniors and seniors enrolled in Kansas State University’s college of agriculture and majoring in a subject related to agriculture. They are Logan Elliott, Missouri; Cyla Gardner, Franklin County; Katie Krehbiel, McPherson County; and Ridge Pracht, Anderson County.

Two $1,000 KFB scholarships were awarded to juniors and seniors enrolled at Fort Hays State University. Recipients are Caleb Hinck, Wabaunsee County; and Regan Hodsden, Nebraska.

Twenty-two recipients received $500 scholarships. These students are attending a Kansas college with a Kansas Farm Bureau Collegiate Farm Bureau chapter. Students must be a Collegiate Farm Bureau chapter member.

Recipients include:

Allen Community College
Aidan Colter, Jackson County
Anna Westerman, Woodson County
Erica Yvette Garcia, New Mexico

Cloud Community College
Abigail Petersen, Cloud County

Colby Community College
Rylee Baker, Sumner County
Ryleigh Carr, Colorado
Michaela Derickson, Thomas County
Candace Fry, Ford County
Cailey Grabenstein, Thomas County
Nellie Kaner, Lyon County
Desiree Littlechild, Trego County
Jordan Ostmeyer, Sheridan County
Monica Short, Ellsworth County

Fort Hays State University
Lauren Baggs, Sumner County
Geordan Hayden, Butler County

Fort Scott Community College
Ethan Westerman, Greenwood County

Hutchinson Community College
Paul Cook, Butler County
Luke Weins, Marion County

Kansas State University
Molly Biggs, Shawnee County
Derek Freel, Ottawa County
Kenzie McAtee, Linn County
Cale McCabe, Reno County

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Derek Nester
Derek Nester
Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids and graduated from Valley Heights High School in 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications. In 2002 Derek joined Taylor Communications, Inc. in Salina, Kansas working in digital media for 550 AM KFRM and 100.9 FM KCLY. Following that stop, he joined Dierking Communications, Inc. stations KNDY AM & FM as a board operator and fill-in sports play-by-play announcer. Starting in 2005 Derek joined the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network as a Studio Coordinator at 101 The Fox in Kansas City, a role he would serve for 15 years culminating in the Super Bowl LIV Championship game broadcast. In 2021 he moved to Audacy, formerly known as Entercom Communications, Inc. and 106.5 The Wolf and 610 Sports Radio, the new flagship stations of the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, the largest radio network in the NFL. Through all of this, Derek continues to serve as the Digital Media Director for Sunflower State Radio, the digital and social media operations of Dierking Communications, Inc. and the 6 radio stations it owns and operates across Kansas.

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