Marion County Farm Bureau awarded three scholarships to Marion County scholars.

Marion County Farm Bureau awarded three scholarships to Marion County scholars.

Their requirements were: must be involved in agriculture and/or agribusiness; must have been or serve as an active member of a 4-H Club or FFA Chapter; must be a senior in high school or be pursuing higher education; and must be a Marion County resident.

The applicants were asked to write a 400-word essay entitled: “What do you believe will be agriculture's greatest challenge in the next 50 years? How do you see yourself as part of the solution?” Once all of the applications were received, they were viewed anonymously by members of the Farm Bureau Board. From there, the top three were voted on.

First place winner and recipient of a $1,000 scholarship: Joshua Underhill, son of Jim and Sheryl Underhill of Palmyra. He is a 2017 graduate of Monroe City High School and will be attending the Unversity of Missouri, majoring in Agricultural Systems Management/Agri Economics.

Second place winner and recipient of a $500 scholarship: Maryn Billups, daughter of Chris and Melissa Billups of Palmyra. Billups is a 2017 graduate of Palmyra High School, and plans to attend Northwest Missouri State University, majoring in META Science.

Third place winner and recipient of a $250 scholarship: Andrew Bimson, son of Brad and Barb Bimson of Taylor. Bimson is a 2017 graduate of Palmyra High School, and will be attending North Missouri Central College this fall, majoring in Farm Management.

All three wrote wonderful essays, and the board had a very hard time with the judging — they were all very close. The Board would like to thank each student for submitting an application. The winners were presented their checks at the Marion County Fair Breakfast hosted by the Marion County Farm Bureau.