2018 FAED Scholarship Winners

This year the Foundation for Agricultural Education and Development (FAED) awarded three, one-year scholarships to three women who will begin their first or second year of college, technical or  specialized study in a field related to agriculture. Below is information on our three winners.


Billie is the daughter of Doyle and Kerry Lentz from Rolla, ND. She plans to attend North Dakota State University this Fall majoring in Agricultural Economics. Billie’s personal goals include having a career involving marketing and lobbying for the agriculture industry, emphasizing service to rural populations. Upon completion of her education at NDSU, she would like to eventually manage her family’s farm. She aims to instill the values in the next generation of her farm that the community of Rolla insilled in her: hardwork, service and persistence. She plans to stay in 4-H and FFA as a volunteer or leader.


As an FFA member, Lesley memorized the FFA creed that discusses her beliefs.  One line of the Creed is “I believe that Aerican agriculture can and will hold true to the best traditions of our national lives.” For her this is not a line to recite when presenting the Creed: She believes it is true.  Lesley is the daughter of James and Katina Aucter of Croghan, NY.  She plans to attend Morrisville State College this fall. 


Rebel is the daughter of Susan and Rusty Sjeklocha from Hayes Center, NE.  She plans to attend the University of Nebraska-Lincoln this fall majoring in Agricultural Sciences and natural Resources. She states that the average age of the American farmer is 58 years old. Many farmers are nearing the age of retirement and are looking to pass on their farms to the next generation. The future of American agriculture looks bright with young people taking the reins with as much enthusiasm and dedication to the industry as those before them.