ECC awards six Hamilton Ag Scholarships
Six high school seniors have been selected to receive Bob & Arlene Hamilton Agriculture Scholarships to attend Ellsworth Community College in Iowa Falls for the 2014-15 academic year. The scholarships, worth $5,000 each, are awarded to qualifying students entering one of ECC’s agriculture-related degree programs.
The FY15 Hamilton Scholarship recipients are Nicholas (Nick) Babcock of Galva, Cole Birchmier of Story City, Jane Hoffman of Deloit, Dillin Hofmeister of Geneva, Aaron Mulder of Parkersburg, and Shereese Rohlfsen of Iowa Falls.
Considerations for the scholarships include intent to major in an agriculture-related program, having a good academic record, and demonstrating community involvement and leadership abilities. The Bob & Arlene Hamilton Agriculture scholarships are designed for students entering ECC’s Agribusiness, Agriculture transfer, Animal Science, Farm Management, Geographical Information Systems/GIS, Precision Agriculture, Renewable Energy Technology or Swine Management programs. These awards were made possible through an endowed scholarship given by Bob and Arlene Hamilton to the Ellsworth College Foundation.
Nick Babcock, a senior at Ridge View High School, is the son of Joy Babcock. Nick plans to major in Agribusiness and Precision Agriculture at ECC. He has worked for the past few years at his family’s independent fertilizer plant, as well as working for a local farming operation and doing summer yard work for several local residents. Nick is a member of FFA, where he’s served as Treasurer for the past two years. In high school, he’s been involved in football, track, basketball, industrial technology. Nick is also active in his church and is a member of the Sons of the American Legion. He’s looking forward to a career in agriculture, perhaps with a major distribution company or at a dealership.
Cole Birchmier, a senior at Roland-Story High School, plans to major in Agriculture at ECC. He has worked as a hired hand for a few farmers, as well as being employed by the IAS Cooperative for seasonal operations. Prior to high school, Birchmier was in 4H. While in high school, he has been involved in football, basketball, baseball, golf, National Honor Society, and FFA. He has participated in numerous FFA activities and is currently the group’s Treasurer. He is also active in his church and volunteers at the local food pantry. After graduating from ECC, Cole plans to transfer to Iowa State and then seek employment in the field of Agribusiness. Cole is the son of Dan and Kim Birchmier.
Jane Hoffman, a senior at Denison High School, plans to major in Animal Science at Ellsworth. Raised on the family farm, Jane helps with the family’s cow-calf operation and works part-time at Bomgaars, a local feed and farm supply store. In high school, she participated in track, cheerleading, National Honor Society, jazz band, synchronized swim club, and state large group speech. Jane is an active member of 4H and FFA, was crowned Crawford County’s Fair Queen, and has participated in several community service projects. She hopes to pursue a career as a high school agriculture teacher. Jane is the daughter of Ron and Carmen Hoffman.
Dillin Hofmeister, a senior at AGWSR High School, is the son of Dallas and Patricia Hofmeister. He plans to major in Farm Management and Precision Agriculture at Ellsworth. Dillin has helped on the family’s dairy farm since he was young, as well as working at Syngenta in Hampton. Because of his interest in swine, he also manages a nearby hog site with assistance from his father and helps neighbors with their pigs. He’s active in 4H and FFA (currently President), and has lettered in football and trapshooting. Dillin plans to transfer to Iowa State after ECC, and hopes to manage his family’s farm one day.
Aaron Mulder, a senior at Aplington-Parkersburg High School, plans to major in Farm Management and Precision Agriculture at Ellsworth. Growing up on the family farm, Aaron hopes to have his own farming operation someday. In high school, he participated in several community service projects as well as playing football for four years and being heavily involved in FFA, where he’s currently the group’s Reporter and Vice President. Aaron is the son of Dennis and Lynne Mulder.
Shereese Rohlfsen, a senior at Iowa Falls-Alden High School, is the granddaughter of Robert Rohlfsen and Victoria Arndt. She plans to major in Agribusiness and Agriculture at ECC. Shereese is active in FFA, where she’s been an officer at a previous high school. She also plays basketball and has worked at a local orchard, as well as being currently employed at a restaurant. Shereese plans to transfer to Iowa State after ECC, majoring in Agriculture Education with plans to become a high school agriculture education instructor.
Ellsworth Community College Agriculture students enjoy the Ag & Renewable Energy Center, located just south of Iowa Falls and adjacent to the Ellsworth Equestrian Center. The 17,753 square foot Ag facility has classrooms, a conference room, business incubator labs, a biotechnology lab, faculty offices and also houses the State Metrology Laboratory. ECC’s agriculture programs also include Agriculture Science/Transfer and Geographical Information Systems (GIS).
For more information about Ellsworth Community College, contact the ECC Admissions office at 1-800-322-9235 or 641-648-8524. Additional information can be found on the college website at www.EllsworthCollege.com.