Jill Seiler of Valley Center Receives Cooperative Scholarship at KSU

October 18, 2017 (MANHATTAN, Kan.) – Jill Seiler of Valley Center, Kansas, a senior majoring in both agricultural communications and journalism and animal science and industry at Kansas State University, has been awarded the Joseph Lieber Memorial Cooperative Scholarship through the Arthur Capper Cooperative Center in the Department of Agricultural Economics at Kansas State University.

Jill is a College of Agriculture Ambassador and holds leadership roles in Agricultural Communicators of Tomorrow and Dairy Science Club. She participated in a study-abroad program to Ireland and has been on three competition teams for K-State: Meat Judging, Dairy Judging and National Agri Marketing Association (NAMA). Jill is a Kansas Dairy Intern and a Kansas Agrability Student Worker. She has also completed a marketing internship with the Kansas Department of Agriculture. Jill plans to work in agricultural communications as a journalist or general communications practitioner after her May 2018 graduation. The Seiler family is affiliated with Central Equity Milk Cooperative, Inc., Farmers Cooperative Elevator Company in Halstead, Kanza Cooperative Association and Sedgwick County Electric Cooperative Association.

Dr. Brian Briggeman, ACCC Director, and Jill Seiler

The Joseph Lieber Memorial Cooperative Scholarship, established in tribute to the late Joe Lieber and his enthusiasm for cooperative education, has awarded over $63,000 in scholarships since its establishment in 2005. Lieber contributed to cooperative education and development for many years while serving as president of the Kansas Cooperative Council and was a respected leader in the co-op community.

“This scholarship was established by Joseph Lieber’s family and the Kansas Cooperative Council to perpetuate the memory and contribution of Joe Lieber to the development and leadership of cooperative businesses,” states Professor Brian Briggeman, director of the Arthur Capper Cooperative Center. “It also provides significant financial assistance to eligible students enrolled in educational programs emphasizing these areas of study.”

To be eligible for Joseph Lieber Memorial Cooperative Scholarship, a student must be either a junior or senior in K-State’s College of Agriculture at the time the scholarship is received. The recipient must also be affiliated as a member or as a child or dependent of a member of a Kansas agricultural marketing, supply, or service cooperative that is a member of the Kansas Cooperative Council.

The Joseph Lieber Memorial Cooperative Scholarship was funded by contributions made to the Center’s endowment fund with the K-State Foundation. Contributions have been made by the Kansas Cooperative Council and the Lieber family and friends in the cooperative community. “Additional contributions by those who want to honor the memory of Joseph Lieber and support the purposes of the scholarship are welcome,” Dr. Briggeman said. They should be made payable to “KSU Foundation/ACCC/ Lieber” and sent to the Arthur Capper Cooperative Center, Department of Agricultural Economics, 305 Waters Hall, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS 66506.

About the Arthur Capper Cooperative Center

The Arthur Capper Cooperative Center provides research-based information, education, and assistance to people with an interest in cooperative businesses, including cooperative members, directors, managers, and employees. The Center also works with students and faculty at educational institutions, the general public, and public officials as well as owners, directors, managers, and employees of agribusinesses. Further information can be obtained about this scholarship or about establishing additional scholarships by emailing Brian Briggeman at bbrigg@ksu.edu or visiting the Arthur Capper Cooperative Center website at http://accc.k-state.edu/.