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Farmers Federation honors the county#039;s best scholars

Several of the county’s most outstanding students were honored recently by the Butler County Chapter of the Alabama Farmers Federation.

The young people, all college scholarship recipients from the organization, were treated to lunch with the scholarship committee members at Cambrian Ridge.

Caleb Hartin, Georgiana High School graduate; Conyers Poole, Carson Moseley, Anna Kate Davis, all Fort Dale Academy graduates, along with Jessica Hyatt, FDA graduate and Troy University student, each received a $1,000 scholarship to the four-year school of their choice.

(A fifth recipient, Salley Burkett, of FDA, was unable to attend.)

&uot;These are awarded according to not only academic records, but also extra-curricular activities and recommendations from school administrators. Our selection committee goes through the applications to choose the winners. There are many qualified applicants from this county; we just wish we had more money to award deserving students,&uot; Eric Cates, chairman of the Farmers Federation scholarship committee, said to those in attendance.

While a number of agricultural scholarship programs require recipients to take agricultural courses, Cates says the Farmers Federation scholarships allow students to go to any school and take any courses they wish.

&uot;All we ask of those applying is that their parents and grandparents be ALFA members, but we have a big group of those in the county,&uot; Cates explained.

Each of the students had an opportunity to share their college plans with the committee members.

Scholarship committee members Susie Snow, Gene Autrey, Oliver Brooks and Dwight Vickery are all retired Butler County educators.