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Farm Credit Foundation for Agricultural Advancement Announces Scholarship Recipients


The Farm Credit Foundation for Agricultural Advancement has announced 23 students who will be awarded $192,500 in scholarships to pursue their agricultural studies.  

Mechanicsburg, PA – The Farm Credit Foundation for Agricultural Advancement has announced 23 recipients of their 2023 scholarship program. Each student will receive a $5,000, a $7,500 or a $10,000 scholarship to help them pursue careers in the agriculture industry. The recipients are: 

•    Kelly Bliss of Huntingdon, PA
•    Grace Bomgardner of Jonestown, PA 
•    Kaitlyn Bradley of Vienna, MD
•    Jaclyn Bryant of Frederick, MD
•    Maci Carter of Harrington, DE
•    Rianna Chaney of Keymar, MD
•    Cahlen Cheatham of Myersville, MD
•    Andrea Clark of Newport, PA
•    Kaitlyn Collins of Clayton, DE
•    Jadon Cook of Cordova, MD
•    Sam Curley of Mt. Airy, MD
•    Peyton Dugan of Shepherdstown, WV
•    Natalie Hummell of Macungie, PA
•    Sarah Lasko of Conneaut Lake, PA
•    Victoria LeCates     of Seaford, DE
•    Cade Martin of Chambersburg, PA
•    Sydney Messick    of Harrington, DE
•    Caleb Miller of Marietta, PA
•    Anya Phillips of Ellendale, DE
•    Paige Rohrbach    of Fleetwood, PA
•    Adria Russell of Alexandria, PA
•    Erica Teagarden     of Claysville, PA
•    Arilyn Tegtmeier-Oatman of Holtwood, PA

“On behalf of the Foundation Board, I would like to congratulate the recipients of this year’s scholarship program,” said Laura Heilinger, Chair of the Farm Credit Foundation for Agricultural Advancement. “We are pleased to support the ongoing education of such impressive students from across Horizon Farm Credit’s territory, as they pursue a wide variety of careers in agriculture,” she continued.  “Each has demonstrated exceptional commitment to academics, leadership and is already doing great things within agriculture. We look forward to their future, knowing that they will positively impact our industry.”

The non-profit Foundation was established in 2015 and the scholarship program awards scholarships valued up to $10,000 to high school seniors or students currently enrolled in an advanced educational program planning to pursue a career in agriculture. 

“We encourage all eligible students to apply for the 2024 scholarship program later this year,” adds Heilinger. “We have scholarship funds available to those pursuing careers in agriculture, whether that be through a technical, undergraduate or post-graduate program.”

For more information about the scholarship and other Foundation programs, please visit

About the Farm Credit Foundation for Agricultural Advancement
The Farm Credit Foundation for Agricultural Advancement is a non-profit foundation formed in 2015 to help advance the future of agriculture. The Foundation has a scholarship program open to all eligible students and a Community Education Program open to all eligible organizations and programs located in Horizon Farm Credit’s 100 county territory in Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia, and Washington D.C.