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SD student wins $2,500 scholarship

Tyler Swan pictured with Tyrel Larson, Farm Credit Services. Courtesy photo

Farm Credit Services of America (FCSAmerica), a customer-owned financial cooperative, today announced Tyler Swan of Newell will receive a $2,500 scholarship to continue his Range Science studies at South Dakota State University (SDSU).

Tyler, the son of Tom & Karen Swan, is one of six SDSU students to receive an FCSAmerica scholarship for the 2015-16 school year. Tyler is a Junior majoring in Range Science.

The FCSAmerica land grant scholarships are given to juniors and seniors studying at land grant universities in Iowa, Nebraska, South Dakota and Wyoming who plan to pursue a career in agriculture. This is the 19th year that FCSAmerica has awarded the scholarships.

"Those of us who involved in the agriculture industry understand the rewards of working with farmers and ranchers," said Tyrel Larson, Financial Officer for FCSAmerica's Rapid City's office. "It is heartening to see a new generation of students committed to making a difference in agriculture for decades to come. Providing educational support to our future producers and agribusiness leaders is one of the many ways we support the South Dakota communities we serve."

Scholarship recipients must be enrolled in the College of Agriculture with course work emphasis in agribusiness or economics, or enrolled in the College of Business Administration with course work emphasis in agribusiness, finance, accounting or economics at Iowa State University, South Dakota State University, University of Nebraska at Lincoln, or University of Wyoming. Other scholarship criteria include: good academic standing, with a preferred GPA of at least 3.0; a written essay; a background or work experience in agriculture; preference for residency in FCSAmerica's four states.

The scholarship program is part of FCSAmerica's community involvement program. In 2014, FCSAmerica employees contributed more than 6,100 volunteer hours the community involvement program and FCSAmerica donated more than $2.3 million to an array of programs, projects and causes aimed at supporting agriculture and rural America in Iowa, Nebraska, South Dakota and Wyoming.

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