CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – The Tennessee Council of Cooperatives (TCC) recently awarded a $750 scholarship to Matthew Taylor of Morristown. He is a student at Austin Peay State University and is the son of Michael and Linda Taylor.
Taylor is a junior at APSU working toward a bachelors degree in Agri-Business. After graduation, he plans to seek a job with an agricultural lending company. He is currently employed at Lowes in Clarksville.
The TCC is a nonprofit organization established to promote the cooperative form of business through education and promotion of all types of cooperatives. TCC has two types of membership, including “parent cooperatives” and “individual cooperatives.”
The TCC sponsors six college scholarships for agricultural students from each of Tennessee’s four-year agriculture programs: APSU; Middle Tennessee State University; Tennessee Technological University; the University of Tennessee, Knoxville; the University of Tennessee, Martin; and Tennessee State University.
The scholarship program, started in 1984, is an effort to acknowledge and aid the young people most likely to return to communities served by rural cooperatives. TCC considers the scholarships an investment in the future of cooperatives and their leadership. Several scholarship recipients from the past currently serve in one of Tennessee’s cooperatives or in one of the state’s agriculture-related agencies, which work with, support and help build cooperative businesses.
To be considered for the $750 scholarship, the student must be a citizen of Tennessee; enrolled in a college of agriculture; maintain an overall grade point average of 2.5 out of a possible 4 points; and, if possible, be in his or her junior year of study.
For more information about Tennessee cooperatives, the Tennessee Council of Cooperatives or the TCC scholarship, contact Roberta Smith, TCC Administrative Secretary, at 423-447-2121 or via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information about Tennessee cooperatives, the Tennessee Council of Cooperatives or the TCC scholarship, please visit the TCC Web site at http://tennesseecouncilofcoops.org/