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Farmer helps local 4-H grow scholarship fund

By Staff | Apr 24, 2012

From left to right: Betty Delaney, Stephen Peterman, Christina Collins, Steve Vandine, Wayne Vandine during a ceremony for Vandine's $2500 scholarship fund contribution through America's Farmers Grow Communities.

MUNCY A college education may seem just out of reach to many high school graduates. With the help of a local farmer, the Lycoming County Youth 4H Livestock Committee seeks to change this. The school is adding $2500 to a scholarship fund thanks to a donation directed to them by Muncy farmer Steve Vandine and made possible by America’s Farmers Grow Communities.

Grow Communities gives farmers the opportunity to win $2,500 for their favorite local nonprofit organizations. Steve Vandine was the winning farmer in Lycoming County, and chose to direct the donation to the Lycoming County Youth 4H Livestock Committee.

“I was in the Lycoming County 4-H at one time,” Vandine said. “I know what a great organization it is, and I’m just happy to be able to give back to them.”

The organization will add the $2,500 to a scholarship fund for 4-H graduates.

“Last year we were able to give out 5 scholarships for $1200 a piece,” said Lycoming County Youth 4H representative Steve Peterman. “We hope to be able to do the same this year. This donation will put us well on our way!”

In a ceremony held on March 12, Steve Vandine got the chance to present the Lycoming County Youth 4H Livestock Committee with the $2,500 donation.

Through America’s Farmers Grow Communities:

Farmers in 1,245 eligible counties have the chance to win $2,500 for their favorite community nonprofit organizations.

The Monsanto Fund has invested more than $3.1 million to rural communities this year alone.

Farmers in 26 Pennsylvania counties are eligible. The Monsanto Fund will invest $65,000 in those communities.

A list of all winners and more information can be found at www.growcommunities.com. Grow Communities is part of a broad commitment by the Monsanto Fund to invest in farm communities such as Lycoming County. It aims to highlight the important contributions farmers such as Steve Vandine make every day to American society.

The Monsanto Fund is a nonprofit organization dedicated to strengthening the farm communities where farmers and Monsanto Company employees live and work.