Tricounty News

AgStar awards scholarship to Kimball senior

$20,000 awarded to 20 seniors

The AgStar Fund for Rural America, the corporate giving program of AgStar Financial Services, is pleased to award Erin Wicker, a senior at Kimball Area High School, a $1,000
W-Erin-Wickereducational scholarship.

The AgStar Fund awards $20,000 in scholarships to 20 graduating seniors every year. Students within AgStar’s 69-county service area in Minnesota and northwest Wisconsin are eligible. Four students from each of AgStar’s five regions are chosen to receive a scholarship.

High school seniors were eligible if they plan to receive higher education to pursue careers in agriculture-related fields or have come from a rural background and plan to obtain a degree in a non-agriculture related field. Students were judged based on their academic record, vocational promise, community service and leadership qualities. Applicants were required to have a GPA of 3.0 or better.

Scholarships are given to help ensure a strong future for agriculture, which is a primary goal of the AgStar Fund for Rural America. Since its inception in 2001, the Fund has given more than $4 million to organizations and individuals working to improve the future of rural America.

“As a part of our mission to “enhance life in agriculture and rural America,” the Fund offers these grants and scholarships to show our commitment to the future of agriculture,” said John Monson, Chair of the Fund’s Board of Trustees. “Educating youth is a vital part of keeping our industry thriving. When we help those who want to keep agriculture prosperous, we in turn benefit everyone who lives and works in rural America.”

Wicker plans to attend South Dakota State University, majoring in Animal Science and Agricultural Education. She is the daughter of John and Mary Wicker of Kimball.

About AgStar: 

AgStar Financial Services, ACA, headquartered in Mankato, Minn., employs more than 600 full-time team members. The company is part of the national Farm Credit System and has a public mission to serve 69 counties in Minnesota and northwest Wisconsin. AgStar’s industry specialization, client segments and market delivery systems result in diversification nationwide. The company has expertise in the corn, soybean, swine, dairy and bio-energy industries. AgStar has developed successful programs in loans, leases, crop insurance, tax services, accounting, consulting and rural home mortgages. As a value-added financial services cooperative, AgStar allocates patronage dividends to its 14,000 stockholders. The company is also committed to giving back to rural residents, organizations and communities through AgStar’s Fund for Rural America. Visit, for more information.