Emily Meeks is awarded Droge Agricultural Scholarship

Sabetha High School alumna Emily Meeks grew up on a small crop farm in Nemaha County. She was active in 4-H and FFA, holding leadership positions in both, which grew her passion for the agriculture industry.

Today, Meeks is a senior at Kansas State University majoring in agribusiness with a minor in animal science. During her time at K-State she worked for the Honey Creek horse arena for over six years and was an intern for the Fatted Calf Organization in Magdalena de Kino, Sonora, Mexico. Her primary responsibilities in Mexico were teaching and assisting the children at an orphanage in preparation for Expo Esperanza, which is similar to a 4-H fair in the states. This past summer, Meeks worked as a corn hybrid research intern for Syngenta in Waterloo, Neb.

The Nemaha County STEP Foundation is proud to award Meeks the $500 scholarship established in 2008 by Lola Droge and her family, called the Leslie Albert and Lola Fern Droge Scholarship for Agricultural Studies.

The scholarship honors Mr. and Mrs. Leslie Droge, who lived and farmed most of their married lives in Nemaha County. Leslie (deceased) and Lola, of rural Seneca, purchased and moved to the Droge family farm after Leslie returned from serving his country in WWII.

The couple was progressive and looked at new and modern ways of farming. They became leaders in terracing and other land conservation methods. Managing a cow and calf herd, along with grasslands, wheat, and row crops, they provided a living for their family while producing plants and animals to help feed the world.

Not only did they work hard in agriculture, they served in other activities as well. Lola was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary and was actively involved in her political party. Leslie served in the State Senate and was chairperson of the Senate Agricultural committee. Leslie and Lola, as well as their five children, all attended Kansas State University.

The Leslie Albert and Lola Fern Droge Scholarship for Agricultural Studies is awarded to a Nemaha County high school graduate who is a junior or above and enrolled in the College of Agriculture at Kansas State University.

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