Local students awarded scholarships

The Oregon Seed Association’s Scholarship Committee recently recognized eight young men and women as recipients of three distinct awards: five for the Oregon State University/Oregon Seed Association Scholarship, one for the American Seed Trade Association Scholarship Award and two for the William Kent Wiley, Jr. Memorial Fellowship Award.

Tanner Holland, Chase Cochran and Andrew Altishin, three Corvallis residents, were among the recipients selected for these scholarships.

Holland, a freshman at Linn-Benton Community College and Oregon State University majoring in agricultural sciences, received the Oregon State University/Oregon Seed Association Scholarship Award for $1,000. He became interested in agriculture at Crescent Valley High School. Last spring, he decided to dual-enroll in the LBCC/OSU program, where he made the dean’s list his first term. He is most interested in agronomy and plans to pursue a career as a field representative.

Cochran, a junior at OSU, received the American Seed Trade Association Scholarship Award for $1,000. Recently he had the opportunity to intern as a field scout with responsibilities that included soil sampling, moisture tests and disease identification in many crops. This experience confirmed his goal of becoming a field representative for an agricultural company in the Pacific Northwest providing chemicals and fertilizer recommendations to growers, or working as a field representative for a seed production company.

Altishin, an instructor/seed certification specialist for the OSU seed certification service, received the William Kent Wiley Jr. Memorial Fellowship Award for $3,000. He would like to become a full-time service agent in Oregon upon graduation. He has been an assistant superintendent in the golf industry, and prior to that worked on a valley farm, producing grass seed along with some mint, wheat, field beans and corn.

Recipients were invited to receive their awards during OSA’s 2015 Mid-Winter Meeting, held Jan. 13 at the Salem Convention Center.

Read the original article on the Corvallis Gazette-Times here.