Corn Capital Innovations Scholarship

Meet the 2015 Corn Capital Innovations Scholarship Recipients

The Corn Capital Innovations Team is proud to introduce this wonderful group of future agriculture leaders.  We’re excited to support these rural area youth as they work toward achieving their agricultural career goals.

So, without further ado, meet our 2015 scholarship recipients!

 $1,000 “A Great Hand in Farming” Ag Scholarship

Paige PlassPaige Plass

Hometown: Hector, MN

College: South Dakota State University

Major: Animal Science/Pre-Vet

Career Goal: Paige plans to become a Veterinarian specializing in equine and practicing on both large and small animals.

Connection to Agriculture: Paige has been a member of 4-H for 7 years and began horse judging at the state level in the sixth grade. “4-H has been so important in my development as a person, in my qualities and skills, and in my future career path plans,” Paige told us. She also volunteered as a riding lesson instructor for a program called “Wish I Had a Horse”. She remembers, “It was one of the best things I‘ve ever done because I could see how much of a difference I was making in each kids’ life.” Paige plans to continue giving riding lessons in the future, and aspires to become a veterinarian.

$500 “A Great Hand in Farming” Ag Scholarship

Cody O'HalloranCody O’Halloran

Hometown: Olivia, MN

College: University of Minnesota, Morris

Major: Pre-Veterinary Science

Career Goal: After attending the University of Minnesota, Morris, Cody’s goal is to be accepted at a College of Veterinary Medicine and later open his own clinic and provide a service in his community.

Connection to Agriculture: Cody is an active member of the FFA and and was Vice President of this chapter. “FFA has given me so many great learning opportunities and memories. It has taught me leadership skills and how to be a great public speaker,” Cody shared. FFA actually helped Cody choose a career path. He explains, “My sophomore year, I participated in the Small Animals contest. I enjoyed learning about the different breeds of house pets and the medical care they may need for the diseases they may catch. I never would of thought of becoming a Veterinarian if it wasn’t for FFA.”

$2,000 Andy McNamara Scholarship

Daniel RokerDaniel Roker

Hometown: Bird Island, MN

College Plans: South Dakota State University

Major: Animal or Agricultural Science

Career Goal: Daniel is pursuing a career as an Ag Nutritionist. A career that allows him to live in a rural community, work in the Ag industry, give back to his local community, and help promote the industry as a whole.

Connection to Agriculture: Daniel is a member of 4-H and was on the FFA Chapter Officer Team. He shares his experiences, “I have been able to make many friends and learn life lessons from these organizations. They pushed me to be a good leader and mentor.” Daniel would like to work with the 4-H and FFA organizations as part of his career because they taught him so much and gave him many opportunities.

$1,000 Andy McNamara Scholarship

Christopher McRellChristopher McRell

Hometown: Olivia, MN

College: North Dakota State University

Major: Ag. Systems Management/Agribusiness

Career Goals: Christopher plans to finish college with multiple agricultural degrees and return to the Olivia area. Later in life, he wants to start his own business and bring more jobs to Renville County giving back to the community that shaped who he is today.

Connection to Agriculture: Christopher is a member of the BOLD High School FFA. During his FFA years he’s held several offices and participated in many contests at the region and state level. He shares how FFA helped connect him to his community and plan for his future, “Being in FFA helped me meet individuals in my rural area through volunteering. These people taught me many things about the industry of agriculture that I wouldn’t have learned without them. FFA helped me create a business out of a hobby!”

$1,000 CCI Innovation in Agriculture Scholarships

Brian Prchal

Hometown: New Prague, MN

College: South Dakota State University

Major: Agricultural Engineering & Mechanical Engineering.

Connection to Agriculture: Brian has participated in national 4-H experiences and is on a team competing in Minnesota 4-H’s Science of Agriculture Challenge. He has also served extensively with his local 4-H club and at the county level. Brian was part of the 4-H Science of Agriculture Challenge – Biodiesel Team and is featured in the video below!

This scholarship was offered through the Minnesota 4-H Foundation. Congratulations to the nine outstanding 4-H youth and alumni who were awarded a Minnesota 4-H Foundation’s 2015 scholarship.

Congrats & Best Wishes

We want to send out one last big congratulations to Paige, Cody, Daniel, Christopher and Brian. We are proud of your accomplishments and wish you all the best in your bright future.

Corn Capital Innovations is happy to support local graduates in advancing their careers!  If you are interested in a scholarship in 2016, please click here for scholarships information on our website!

Contributing to Youth in Rural Areas

Corn Capital Innovations of Olivia is excited to contribute to youth in rural areas who are inspired to seek opportunities in agriculture. We feel agriculture surrounds us all in some way either directly or indirectly and we want to help individuals to become successful in their agricultural goals.

Agriculture Scholarships

If you’re a high school senior or the parent of a senior you will want to talk to your high school guidance counselor or visit our Scholarship Page to find out more about the different scholarship programs from Corn Capital Innovations.

If you have a passion for agriculture, apply now Seniors, find out the requirements today.

Corn Capital Innovations of Olivia, “A Great hand in farming….not only today, but in educating for tomorrow.

CCI Innovation in Agriculture Scholarship

We know the value of educating the future! Because of that value we are offering the “Innovations in Agriculture” $1,000 scholarship to a graduating current or former 4-H member who will seek a degree in agriculture.

Proud 4-H Alumni

Corn Capital Innovations (CCI) was formed in Olivia, Minnesota, by Steve and Summer O’Neill in 2008. The family-owned business is an industry leader that helps crop producers develop innovative farm plans that integrate the four components of profitability: crop insurance, grain marketing, financial analysis, and yield building strategies. The O’Neill’s and many CCI employees are proud 4-H alumni.

Eligibility & Requirements

Current or former Minnesota 4-H members who will be entering their freshman year of college are eligible to apply. This is a one-time $1,000 scholarship may be used toward education expenses at a post-secondary institution in the United States. Applicants must intend to pursue a degree in agriculture; with a preference for students pursuing a degree in agronomy, soil science, horticulture, plant science, agriculture economics, agribusiness or closely related field.

The review committee will evaluate applicants based on scholastic achievements, career interest area, community and 4-H involvement, and leadership roles and positions.

Applicants must submit the following:

  • CCI Scholarship application form and essay.4-H Scholarship
  • Official copy of current high school transcript.
  • Two letters of recommendation: one from a teacher or academic advisor and one from an extension educator, program coordinator, or club leader.
  • One individual photo (black/white or color, between 2×3” and 4×5”). The photo will be used for publicity if you receive the scholarship; it will not be returned.

Application Information

Applications for the 2015 scholarship award must be postmarked by April 15, 2015. Award notices will be distributed in June.

Seniors or parents, ask your guidance counselor, contact the Minnesota 4-H Foundation or contact Corn Capital Innovations to find out more about this 4-H scholarship.

Minnesota 4-H Foundation
9 Coffey Hall
1420 Eckles Ave
Saint Paul, MN 55108-6068
Phone: 612-624-7971

If you have a passion for agriculture, this is the scholarship for you! Corn Capital Innovations, a great hand in farming…not only today, but in educating for tomorrow!

Download Scholarship Application (PDF)

Download Scholarship Overview (PDF)