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Thornton receives Landmark scholarship
Photo supplied Emily Thornton, Albany, earns a $750 college scholarship from Landmark Services Cooperative. Emily is the daughter of Ronald and Tina Thornton. She attends UWStevens Point where she is studying Art and Graphic Design.
ALBANY - Emily Thornton, Albany, has earned a $750 college scholarship from Landmark Services Cooperative.

She is the daughter of Ronald and Tina Thornton. She attends UW-Stevens Point where she is studying Art and Graphic Design.

Emily is among 21 students from 18 area communities who received scholarships at a recent awards luncheon. Recipients attend 14 different colleges, universities and technical schools and are pursuing degrees in a variety of studies. Several are studying agriculture, including: Dairy science, ag-business, agriculture marketing and soil and crop science. Others are studying liberal arts, science and business, including: Mechanical engineering, business administration, graphic design, marketing, Spanish and history.

Landmark Board President John Blaska was joined by fellow board members, Landmark CEO Larry Swalheim and Landmark management in congratulating the scholarship recipients. Blaska stressed the importance of education, especially in today's global economy.

"We are very proud of the high caliber of scholarship recipients this year. We're honored to help these students realize their dreams. Agriculture is becoming more and more high tech and global. That's exactly why we need outstanding people like yourselves in our industry," Blaska said.

Since 1989, Landmark Services Cooperative has awarded more than 200 college scholarships and has distributed nearly $120,000 in higher education funds. Landmark scholarships are open to all members and employees of Landmark Services Cooperative and their children. Applicants are evaluated and scholarships awarded based on several criteria, including leadership, motivation, academic and life goals and extra-curricular activities. Students must have a minimum grade point average of 2.74 on a four-point scale and have completed two or more semesters at an accredited college, university or technical school.

Landmark Services Cooperative is one of Wisconsin's largest cooperatives with nearly 400 employees and more than 15,000 members. It provides products and services to agribusiness, commercial and residential customers in the areas of agronomy, animal nutrition, energy, grain, retail and transportation. It also provides financial support services.