Laura Toben is awarded ECC Hamilton Scholarship
Laura Toben of Parkersburg is the third recipient of one of the Ellsworth Community College Hamilton Scholarships for students enrolled in production agriculture degree programs. Toben is enrolled in ECC’s Precision Agriculture program and plans to seek employment locally after graduating from Ellsworth.
In high school, Toben raised livestock and was active in Future Farmers of America (FFA), attending state and national FFA conventions and serving as president of FFA her senior year. She acquired her Iowa Degree and helped with Adopt a Highway, Farm Safety Day and Pumpkin Patch service projects. Toben is the daughter of Kevin and Jill Toben of Parkersburg.
The Hamilton Scholarships are from a gift made by Bob and Arlene Hamilton through the Ellsworth College Foundation. Considerations for the scholarship include majoring in an agriculture-related program and having a good academic record, character, and work ethic. Applicants are also required to document evidence of their leadership abilities.
“I was attracted to ECC because of its agriculture programs and new ag facilities,” says Toben. “After talking with the professor, I felt that ECC had more advanced ag training than other colleges and I made the decision to attend here. The Hamilton Scholarship has helped me out tremendously, and I’m excited that I’ll be able to graduate with a lot less debt that I would have had otherwise.”
Toben joins Nathaniel Morgan of Larrabee, Iowa, and Garrett McNeely of Jamestown, Missouri, in receiving the scholarship for this academic year. Up to nine Hamilton Scholarships will be offered for the 2014-2015 school year.
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.
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.