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Recipients of annual college scholarships announced

DENVER–Rocky Mountain Farmers Union (RMFU) recently awarded eight college scholarships to students throughout rural Colorado and Wyoming.

“Scholarships may be used at any two- or four-year institution and trade schools,” said President, Dave Carter. “With the continued decline in farm income and increased cost of education, our rural youth need more help than ever to accomplish their educational dreams.”

The eight recipients are:
· Rebecca Curtis and Sarah Fehringer, Peetz, Colo., received the James G. Patton Memorial Scholarship;
· Sarah Hull, Johnstown, Colo., received the Joey Skurich Memorial Scholarship;
· Nathan Jones, Gillette, Wyo., received the Farmers Union Service Association Scholarship;
· Alex Meisner, Sterling, Colo., received the Edna Buchanan Memorial Scholarship;
· Megan Pucak, Carbondale, Colo., received the Maurice Parker Memorial Scholarship;
· Leslie Shalosky, Matheson, Colo., received the RMFU Scholarship; and,
· Melanie Taylor, Fort Morgan, Colo., received the Hazel Hemphill Memorial Scholarship.

The Maurice Parker and Hazel Hemphill scholarships are provided by the Morgan County Farmers Union. The parents of Joey Skurich provide a scholarship in memory of their daughter. Other scholarships are provided by RMFU and Farmers Union Insurances.

The scholarship program is an annual event. For more information about the scholarship program for 2001, contact Andrea Clark, RMFU education director at (303) 752-5800 or www.rmfu.org.

Rocky Mountain Farmers Union (Colorado, New Mexico and Wyoming) is a pro-active, grassroots organization advocating that a safe healthy food system begins with secure profitable family farms.