SPRINGVILLE — Dairylea Cooperative Inc. of Syracuse recently awarded Ben Rogers of Springville with the 2012 Dairylea Leadership Scholarship.
Rogers was recognized as a recipient of the award at the cooperative’s 105th annual meeting, held Oct. 9 at the Holiday Inn in Liverpool.
Dairylea’s Leadership Scholarship is given annually to high school seniors and college students who are pursuing careers in agriculture-related professions. According to the cooperative, the students must exhibit “outstanding leadership abilities and foster the spirit of cooperation.”
The monetary award is used to help further education within the agriculture industry. Interested candidates respond to a number of essay questions and, with the submission of these responses, also send a letter of recommendation.
Rogers is the son of Dairylea members Brian and Elizabeth Rogers. The Springville resident is currently a freshman at the State University of New York College of Agriculture and Technology at Cobleskill, majoring in agricultural business.
Ben Rogers said that he plans to pursue a career as a large animal veterinarian at Cornell University.
“I also plan to promote the dairy industry, to the public,” Rogers said, in his scholarship application. “It is very important to get the word out and explain that this is why we are here and all the steps involved in producing quality, farm-fresh products. This is very essential because the current population continues to grow further and further away from the farm.”