Kaskaskia Student Courtney Gerstenecker Receives CHS Foundation Scholarship

Kaskaskia College Student Courtney Gerstnecker has recently been notified that she is a recipient of a CHS Foundation $1,000 scholarship for students studying agriculture. This year's recipients include 50 high school seniors and 25 two-year college students from 31 states. The CHS Foundation is the major giving entity of CHS Inc., a leading global agribusiness owned by farmers, ranchers and cooperatives across the United States.

"At CHS, we're committed to developing strong future leaders for agriculture and rural America," says William J. Nelson, CHS Foundation president.  "We are proud to support these promising students who will play an important role in shaping the future of agriculture." 

An independent, external committee selected recipients based on their career goals, essays, extracurricular involvement, transcripts and reference letters.
According to KC Agriculture Professor Aaron Heinzmann, “The CHS Foundation is a major sponsor of FFA and Illinois Postsecondary Agricultural Students (PAS), which Kaskaskia is a member.  They are a tremendous supporter of Agricultural Education and supporting youth development.  I am proud that Courtney was recognized with the scholarship”.
CHS Inc. ( is a leading global agribusiness owned by farmers, ranchers and cooperatives across the United States. Diversified in energy, grains and foods, CHS is committed to helping its customers, farmer-owners and other stakeholders grow their businesses through its domestic and global operations. CHS, a Fortune 100 company, supplies energy, crop nutrients, grain marketing services, animal feed, food and food ingredients, along with business solutions including insurance, financial and risk management services. The company operates petroleum refineries/pipelines and manufactures, markets and distributes Cenex® brand refined fuels, lubricants, propane and renewable energy products.
Pictured is KC Agriculture Professor Aaron Heinzmann and Courtney Gerstenecker. 

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