Jason Stukenholtz of Nebraska City has received two significant FFA awards and a scholarship from Midwest Farmers Cooperative.
At the Nebraska State FFA Conference, Stukenholtz placed second in the state in the Diversified Agriculture Proficiency.
He was chosen based on his skills and experience, according to FFA advisor Sarah Knutson.
Stukenholtz competed against other placement students like himself, who work for others, as well as entrepreneurial students who work for themselves in this competition.
On Friday, April 5,  Stukenholtz was one of 667 students who received their State FFA Degrees.
He was chosen as one of the top 24 Stars over Nebraska, which means he was one of the top 24 State Degree recipients, said Knutson.
 She added that he was chosen based on his records working on the farm and that he interviewed with many sponsors for this award.
Stukenholtz, who will study to be a diesel ag technician at Southeast Community College, Milford, will receive $1,000 in scholarship funds for his freshman year.
 The scholarship is renewable for $500 each of a student’s subsequent years of study, with a total value of $2,500 available.
Stukenholtz is the son of Curt and Teri Stukenholtz.
Since 2012, Midwest Farmers Coop has awarded more than $160,000 in scholarships to 65 local high school graduates.
“With the link between agriculture and education, the future success of modern agriculture and rural America will be in the hands of our current students,” said Jeremy Wilhelm, chief executive officer of Midwest Farmers Coop.
“Midwest Farmers Coop invests in the education of our young people, so they can improve upon the future of agriculture in Nebraska,” he said.