Local Students Awarded Scholarships

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The Fruita Consumers Co-op has announced that three (3) local high school students have been selected to each receive a Co-op Country scholarship. These scholarships are presented to high school graduates entering college with intentions to major in agricultural related degree programs.

Mr. Dean VanWinkle, a senior at Fruita Monument High School winner of the $4,200 Coop Country Agriculture Future of America scholarship, ($3,200 academic scholarship plus $1,000 for the AFA leader’s conference) plans to attend Fort Scott Community College.

Ms. Amanda Seymour, a senior at Olatha High School, plans to attend West Texas A&M University received a $2,500 Coop Country Academic Scholarship.

Ms. Taylor Sickels a senior at Nucla High School, plans to attend Fort Lewis College received a $2,000 Coop Country Academic Scholarship.

“We are pleased to recognize such exceptional students and hope this scholarship launches a great educational experience and successful career for all of these students,” said Alex Kamas, President and CEO of the Fruita Co-op.  “It is important that we support our students who pursue careers that will have a profound affect on agriculture and who will hopefully return to the rural community to keep America’s agriculture future strong.”

The Fruita Co-op was founded in 1937 and has Co-op Country Stores in Fruita, Nucla and Palisade and has over 7,000 member-owners living and working throughout Western Colorado.



Juliann Adams is the Executive Director of the Palisade Chamber of Commerce. Before taking on her current role she was the Director of Sales and Events at Wine Country Inn since opening in 2008. Her background is Graphic Design and Sales and Marketing. She and her husband Dan have a small vineyard in Palisade. They have 4 children and 5 grandchildren. Juliann loves Palisade and wants everyone to experience the community's resources. "Life Tastes good here all year long"