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Farmers Bank and Trust awards students of employees scholarship money
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Farmers Bank and Trust is again assisting employees and their families with $5,000 in scholarships this year for their college students. The bank established an annual scholarship program to assist employees with the high costs of education as their children pursued their educational goals in their undergraduate degree.
The bank has awarded 139 scholarships totaling $69,500 through the College Scholarship Program since its inception. “We strongly believe this program is an important benefit for employees and their families and an opportunity to assist in building leaders in the communities we serve,” said President and CEO W.R. Robbins.
Each student meeting the qualification standards receives a $500 scholarship to assist with expenses as they pursue an undergraduate degree. Ten students received $5000 for the 2014-2015 school year including:
McKenna Mauler, daughter of Sheryl Mauler and Kevin Mauler
Sarah Neeland, daughter of Craig and Sheryl Neeland
Adam Neeland, son of Craig and Sheryl Neeland
Nyssa Owens, daughter of Amanda Hackerott
Madison Roach, daughter of Amy and Bruce Hofeling
Chad Touslee, son of Darrell and Dara Touslee
Evan Eschliman, son of Clark Eschliman
Hunter Harrison, son of Brian and Karesa Harrison
Nicholas Lemos, son of Kathy Lemos
Marcus Moeder, son of Kevin and Sheryl Moeder
Students and parents are very appreciative of the additional help. Sheryl Mauler has four students that have received Farmers Bank & Trust scholarships. Her youngest child, McKenna Mauler, received a scholarship for the first time this year as a freshman. “I look forward to attending Barton County and I appreciate the extra assistance this scholarship provides for books and tuition,” McKenna said.
Since the beginning of the program, several employees have had two students attending college at the same time. According to Craig Neeland, senior V.P., “both of our children are attending Fort Hays State University this fall. Sarah has received the scholarship four times and this will be Adam’s second year for the scholarship. We all appreciate the assistance.” 
Farmers Bank and Trust is a locally owned community bank operating nine banking locations in seven Kansas communities with a strong capital account of $93 million and assets of $722 million. The bank and wholly owned CapWest Mortgage entity employ a total of 175 individuals.