Nebraska Farm Bureau’s Young Farmers and Ranchers Committee have selected two hard-working young farm kids to receive Greater Horizon Scholarships, which are sponsored by the committee.
Patrick Heerten of Springview and Mark Lundeen of Minden will each receive $1,000 scholarships to assist with their higher education expenses.
Cathy Day, Farm Bureau director of special programs, administers the scholarship program. It was started to help young Farm Bureau members who plan to return to the farm or ranch meet their personal goal of higher education. Nebraska Farm Bureau Services is the founding contributor for the Greater Horizon scholarship.
“The scholarship is designed to help those individuals who have a clear vision of returning to production agriculture after completing their higher education,” Day emphasizes.
The scholarship is awarded to a student or students between 18 and 35 who are from a Farm Bureau member-family, who plan to study an agriculture-related field full-time at a college or university, and who plan to return to production agriculture. Applicants must also demonstrate leadership potential through their extracurricular activities and work experience. Applications are due May 1 of each year.
He’s the son of Ron and Sandra Heerten, who are members of Keya Paha County Farm Bureau.
Patrick, 20, wants to work in cow/calf production after completing college and plans to return to his family’s farm five to 10 years after graduation. While at UNL, he worked part-time for GNP Farms. Before then, he did seasonal work for Barstow Angus for two years. And beginning in 2005, he worked 70-hour weeks during the summer at Tri R Farms.
Patrick is a 10-year member of 4-H and was his club’s president. At UNL, he’s part of the Engler Agribusiness Entrepreneurship Program and he’s been a UNL Beef Scholar for two years. He’s also a member of UNL Block and Bridle Club and the UNL Rodeo Association.
When he returns to his family’s farm after graduation, he’ll be a sixth-generation farmer on both sides of his family. He began crop-sharing his first piece of land this spring and hopes to farm his grandfather’s ground. This summer he’s working on his family’s farm in addition to being a hired man for another farmer.
While attending Axtell Community School, he participated in choir, marching and concert band, football, basketball, golf, American Legion baseball, Future Business Leaders of America, National Honor Society and many other organizations and activities. At UNL, he wants to be involved in organizations that promote agriculture and continue his involvement in 4-H.