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CRI Announces Founders' Scholarship Recipients

SHAWANO, Wis. — Cooperative Resources International (CRI), an agricultural cooperative headquartered in Shawano, Wisconsin, has awarded three high school seniors with $750 college scholarships. Individuals earning the CRI Founders' Scholarship include Matthew Helms of Stevens Point, Wisconsin; Corina Schneider of Oconto, Wisconsin; and Emma Esch of Shawano, Wisconsin.

"The CRI Founders' Scholarship was established in honor of the pioneering leaders of CRI's predecessor organizations," states Terri Dallas, Vice President of Information & Public Relations. "The scholarship rewards children of CRI employees, recognizing young people within the CRI family who have demonstrated exceptional academic and leadership skills."

Helms plans to study environmental engineering or agribusiness-engineering technology at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville. He has prepared by excelling academically throughout high school, enrolling in honors and advanced placement courses and taking on leadership responsibilities. Helms is a member of National Honor Society, serves as a student volunteer in his community and is active in Boy Scouts. Additionally, Helms played baseball and football and was selected to the Wisconsin Football Coaches Association 2015 Academic All-State team. He is the son of Eric Helms, Vice President of Laboratory Management for CRI subsidiary AgSource Cooperative Services.

Scholarship recipient Schneider has enrolled in the agricultural business management program at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College. Schneider has held multiple leadership positions within 4-H and has dedicated her time as a camp counselor, where she won an award for outstanding leadership. Schneider has also volunteered during the Oconto County fair. During high school, she participated in track and field, dance and art club. Schneider's father, David Lee Schneider, is the Production Training & Education Specialist for Genex Cooperative, Inc., a subsidiary of CRI.

Esch plans to attend Northcentral Technical College this fall to pursue a career as a veterinary technician. During high school, Esch was involved in cross country, softball, FFA and Science Society. In addition, she's served as sergeant at arms and secretary for her local 4-H club and has volunteered at community events. Esch's father, Steven Esch, serves as the Beef Product Support Specialist for Genex.

"Each of the CRI Founders' Scholarship recipients demonstrated hard work, community involvement and outstanding leadership qualities," states Dallas. "CRI is pleased to award scholarships to these individuals. We wish them the best of luck in their future endeavors."


To learn more about CRI and the Founders' Scholarship program, visit www.crinet.com.

About CRI
Cooperative Resources International (CRI), headquartered in Shawano, Wisconsin, is the global leader in delivering excellence, innovation and value to members and customers. Built from organizations dating back to the 1920s, CRI and its subsidiaries – AgSource Cooperative Services, Genex Cooperative, Inc. and MOFA Global – encompass more than 1,500 employees dedicated to meeting the needs of individuals linked to the land through plant and animal production. Learn more at www.crinet.com.