FEW Scholarships

2024 FEW Kathy Bryan Memorial Scholarship

Educational scholarships will again be offered this year for people planning a course of study that might lead to a career in the ethanol industry and broader (environmental science, sustainability, renewable energy, energy efficiency, reduced global carbon emissions, and a cleaner, greener world). The scholarship program honors Kathy Bryan, co-founder of the FEW and former president of BBI International. Kathy was a known champion for ethanol since the 1980s and held a positive vision for stronger rural communities, a prosperous agriculture and environmental stewardship.

In light of Kathy’s vision, two, $2,000 scholarships will be made specifically available to employees of any ethanol plant in the U. S. or Canada or a member of the employee’s immediate family. An online application form and letters of recommendation must be submitted. A team of industry professionals will select winners. Scholarship awards will be paid directly to the admissions office of the winner’s designated college, university or technical school for Fall 2024. Monies will remain at that institution if a recipient makes any changes after the school term begins.

Apply Online or by PDF Application

PDF Application: Use Internet Explorer for best results. If you choose to use this PDF application, email to tbryan@bbiinternational.com when complete. Include 2 letters of recommendation.

Deadline for Applications: May 13th, 2024 at 11:45 pm CST
Winners will be notified by May 24th, 2024

Note: Photos and names of winners will be projected on screen during the General Session of the FEW

View FEW Scholarship History

In the early 2000s, BBI International began an effort to direct attention to the ethanol industry and rural community development by providing scholarship money to individuals interested in possibly working in the ethanol industry. By 2005, the International Fuel Ethanol Workshop & Expo (FEW) was awarding $500 scholarships to as many as five students. The FEW Scholarship program has taken different shapes since but with the end result always being to fund monies to at least a couple students each year heading to college or a technical school. The tradition continues this year at the FEW with special recognition and memory of Kathy Bryan, former President of BBI International and Co-founder of the FEW.

2023 Winners
Tori Eckard – Ansgar, IA
Tori's dad is a supervisor at Absolute Energy in Ansgar, Iowa
Colton Madden – Lyons, KS
Colton's dad is a maintenance manager at Kansas Ethanol in Lyons, Kansas

2022 Winners
John Aurandt IV – Hennepin, IL
John's mother is Jennifer Aurandt-Pilgrim, Director of Innovation and Market Development at Marquis Management
Mallory Kohl – Watertown, SD
Mallory's mother is Marcy Kohl, Director of Communications and Corporate Affairs at Glacial Lakes Energy

2021 Winners
Charles Overheul – Wichita, KS
Charle's mother, Rachel Overheul, is the Director of Engineering at White Energy Corp.
Megan Vincent – Lyons, KS
Megan is the Chief Financial Officer and Kansas Ethanol, LLC, Kansas Protein Foods, LLC and KE Feeds, LLC.

2020 Winners
Morgan Kohl – Watertown, SD
Morgan's mother works at Glacial Lakes Energy, LLC
Pierce Harrington – Mineola, IA
Pierce's mother works at Southwest Iowa Renewable Energy

2019 Winners
Jennifer Gruebele – Underwood, North Dakota
Human Resources - Midwest AgEnergy
Drake Harrington – Council Bluffs, Iowa
Drake’s mother is Kristi Harrington, Grain Accountant at Southwest Iowa Renewable Energy

2018 Winners
Lee Evans – Marion, Indiana
Shift Supervisor - Central Indiana Ethanol
Patrick Kuper – Ames, Iowa
Patrick’s dad, Ryan Kuper, is DCS Administrator & Controls System Specialist Flint Hills Resources

2017 Winners
Blake Baron – Morris, MN
HS Manager at Denco II
Cassandra Schneider – Lyons, KS
Cassie is a Lab Manager at Kansas Ethanol

2016 Winners
Patrick Thimes – North Platte, NE
Patrick’s dad is Safety Manager at Mid America Agri Products
Madrid, NE

Don Jackson – Fountain City, IN
Don is a Shift Supervisor at Cardinal Ethanol
Union City, IN

2015 Winners
Jacqueline Peel – Little York, IL
Jackie’s dad is Plant Manager at Big River Resources
Galva, Illinois

Kole Ruml – Lake Park, IA
Kole’s dad is Ethanol Cook/Operator at Green Plains Renewable Energy
Superior, IA

2014 Winners
Rebecca Woller – Financial Accountant
Homeland Energy Solutions LLC
Colby Cook – Process Engineer

2013 Winners
Rachel Hayes – Wichita, KS. 2013 Graduate - Maize South High School
Rachel's dad is GM, Green Plains Obion
Bryan Bush – Marcus, IA. Safety Coordinator/Utility Operator
Little Sioux Corn Processors

2012 Winners
Hillary Kletscher – Lamberton, MN. Attending: Iowa State University
Affiliated Ethanol Plant: Highwater Ethanol LLC…Hillary’s dad is the CEO at Highwater Ethanol
Jason Croat – Rushmore, MN. Attending: South Dakota State University
Affilitated Ethanol Plant: Poet Research … Jason worked at Poet Research for the last 3 summers

2011 Winners
Bailee McClellan – Dyersville, Iowa
Bailee is the daughter of an employee at Big River United Energy
Marh Schrock – Mount Vernon, Indiana
Mary is an employee of Abengoa Bioenergy of Indiana

2010 Winners
Mary Krull – Spencer, Iowa
Mary’s dad is Plant Manager for Valero Renewables-Albert City
Nicholas Ballard – Galva, Illinois
Nicholas’ dad is Process Operator for Big River Resources LLC

2009 Winners
Kevin Potas – Plymouth, MN
Laura Koenig – Butterfield, MN

2008 Winners
Hugh Howe – Chariton, IA
Nancy Bawa – Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
Colin Sorenson – Missoula, MT
American Stainless & Supply sponsored the 2008 scholarship
American Stainless representatives stand on two ends

2007 Winners
Christopher Simmons – Davis, CA
Rachel Campbell – Guelph, Ontario
Dawn Anderson – Granite Falls, MN
American Stainless & Supply sponsored the 2007 scholarship
American Stainless representatives stand on two ends

2006 Winners
Nicholas Bowdish – Monroe, WI
Jessica Morgan– Fairmont, MN
Tony Malmquist – Granite Falls, MN
Shannon Mulder – Granite Falls, MN
Eric Farrow – Cape Girardeau, MO

2005 Winners
Darrel Ocrane - University of Saskatoon – “Academic Scholarship”
Kevin Theiler - Fridley, MN – “Operations Scholarship”
John Mack - Univ of CA, Davis – “Academic Scholarship”

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