Each year the Wyoming Farm Bureau provides $5,000 in college scholarships to children of Farm Bureau members. Additionally, most county Farm Bureaus also offer scholarships.
“Providing opportunities for our members’ children to receive a college education is what the Farm Bureau scholarship program is about,” Wyoming Farm Bureau President Perry Livingston said.
The Wyoming Farm Bureau Federation recently awarded nine college scholarships to the children of Farm Bureau members.
The Livingston-King scholarship is valued at $1,000. The scholarship is given in honor of former state presidents of the Wyoming Farm Bureau Federation Herbert D. Livingston and H.J. King as well as Norma Livingston, the mother of WyFB President Perry Livingston.
The five Wyoming Farm Bureau Federation scholarships are $500 each. The three continuing education scholarships are also $500 each. The continuing education scholarship recipients must submit at least two years of college transcripts.
Scholarship applications are due March 1 each year and are available at local county Farm Bureau offices and online at wyfb.org.
“Congratulations to each of the recipients and best wishes in your continued education endeavors,” Livingston concluded.
Haley Schmeltzer, Herbert D. Livingston and H.J. King Memorial Scholarship
Haley Schmeltzer, of Worland, is the recipient of the $1,000 Herbert D. Livingston and H.J. King Memorial scholarship. Haley is the daughter of Chris and Lauree Schmeltzer. She plans to attend Casper College this fall majoring in pre-pharmacy.
Schmeltzer is active in FFA, 4-H, volleyball, basketball and her church. She has also participated in the State Science Bowl, National Honor Society and Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
“Over the years, both of my parents have been very involved in the Washakie County Farm Bureau,” Schmeltzer wrote.
Tyrell Perry, Wyoming Farm Bureau Federation Scholarship
Tyrell Perry, of Clearmont, is pursuing a master’s degree in rangeland ecology and watershed management at the University of Wyoming. Tyrell is the son of Mike and Ruth Perry.
In high school, Perry was active in FFA, football, basketball, track, Future Business Leaders of America, church youth group, state history and the state science fair. During college, he has participated in community service and been a member of the Rangeland Cup Team.
“My family believes strongly that Farm Bureau does a great job of representing agriculture on the state and national levels,” Perry wrote.
Cassidy Newkirk, Wyoming Farm Bureau Federation Scholarship
Cassidy Newkirk, of Rock River, will be a freshman at the University of Wyoming pursuing a degree in agriculture business and art with a double major in Spanish. Her parents are Roger and Tammy Newkirk.
High school activities for Cassidy include FFA, 4-H, volleyball, basketball, drama, student council and National Honors Society.
“It is very important to us all in production agriculture to have a unified voice at local, state and national levels on issues that affect us and how we conduct our businesses every day,” Newkirk wrote. “Farm Bureau is busy representing us at all of these levels, it allows us to focus on producing the products that feed and clothe the world.”
Morgan Baxendale, Wyoming Farm Bureau Federation Scholarship
Morgan Baxendale, of Lovell, will be a freshman at Northwest College pursuing a degree in architecture. Morgan’s parents are Neil and Jodi Baxendale.
Morgan has participated in basketball, golf, track, football, Boy’s State and state art. He is also involved with his local church.
Morgan’s family involvement in Farm Bureau began back in 1919 when his great-great-grandfathers helped organize the Uinta County Farm Bureau. Through the generations his family has served in leadership positions within the organization including his grandmother, Karen Henry, serving as Wyoming Farm Bureau President.
Kyle Nuckolls, Wyoming Farm Bureau Federation Scholarship
Kyle Nuckolls, of Hulett, will be a sophomore at the University of Wyoming majoring in accounting. He is the son of Will and Laura Nuckolls.
In high school, Kyle was active in basketball, football, cross country, track, student council and served as class president. At college he is a Student Success Services member.
“My parents are lifetime members of Farm Bureau,” Kyle wrote. He also wrote about his grandparents, Jw and Thea Nuckolls, and the various roles they have served in Farm Bureau.
Ashley Anglen, Wyoming Farm Bureau Federation Scholarship
Ashley Anglen, of Fort Bridger, is continuing her education at the University of Wyoming majoring in rangeland ecology and watershed management. She is the daughter of Robert and Verlynn Anglen.
At college, she has participated in science, math and engineering club and range club. She also serves as a church planner and church pianist.
Ashley writes that her grandfather, Vearl Bird, and her grandmother, Patsy Ann Bird, have both served on the county and district levels for Farm Bureau.
Brittany Hamilton, WyFB Continuing Education Scholarship
Brittany is the daughter of Monte and Francie Hamilton of Osage. She will be a junior at the University of Wyoming where she is pursuing a degree in agricultural education.
At college Brittany is involved in the Sheridan College No Frills Theatre Company and the Baptist Collegiate Ministries Youth Group. Brittany was a 4-H member for many years and is now serving her second year as an adult leader.
“My grandfather, Lyle Hamilton, became a member and served as the local Farm Bureau president for a time,” Brittany wrote. “My parents fully support the Farm Bureau organization and believe it is the most important agricultural organization in the state of Wyoming that does the most good for agriculturalists.”
Rage Geringer, WyFB Continuing Education Scholarship
Rage Geringer, of Platte County, will be a senior at the University of Wyoming pursuing a degree in neuroscience physiology for pre-medical studies. He hopes to continue on to medical school and return to Wyoming as a doctor.
Rage played college basketball at Sheridan College for two years. He also served on the programming committee at Sheridan and is currently on a similar committee at UW that works to provide underage students a means of entertainment that does not involve underage drinking. Rage also serves on the Glendo Volunteer Ambulance Service and is an active member of the Glendo Community Church.
“My parents pay their dues because they agree with what the (Farm Bureau) organization represents,” He wrote.
Kaitlyn Livingston, WyFB Continuing Education Scholarship
Kaitlyn Rae Livingston, of Newcastle, will be a sophomore at Sheridan College this fall pursuing a degree in dietetics. She is the daughter of Doug and Peggy Livingston.
Kaitlyn participated in FFA and 4-H. She also participated in basketball, volleyball, choir, Future Business Leaders of America and National Honor Society.
“My family has been involved in the Wyoming Farm Bureau organization for many generations,” Kaitlyn wrote. “Herbert Livingston was my great grandfather and my uncle, Perry Livingston, is the current president of the Wyoming Farm Bureau.”