WARNER—American Farmers & Ranchers/Oklahoma Farmers Union (AFR/OFU) Cooperative has gifted Connors State College (CSC) an endowment scholarship of $10,000. The gift will be used to fund a scholarship award for the CSC Top Agricultural Student each year.
“We are so pleased to announce this addition to our education platform,” said AFR/OFU Cooperative President Scott Blubaugh. “Throughout our history, the AFR/OFU Cooperative’s three core principles—‘Education, Legislation and Cooperation’—have remained central to our mission. Today, we continue to work toward a better rural Oklahoma and what better way to contribute to that cause than to contribute to the education of the future leaders of our state and our industry.”
While AFR/OFU Cooperative supports agricultural postsecondary education throughout the state, the organization’s link to Connors State College is special. CSC’s namesake, John P. Connor, served as the first vice president of Oklahoma Farmers Union. The partnership between AFR/OFU and Connor, and by extension CSC, dates back to statehood.
“AFR/OFU has been a longtime supporter of our students at Connors,” said CSC President Ron Ramming. “We are proud of our students and grateful AFR/OFU saw our students the same way we do—bright and full of potential to make a difference in the world.”
Contributing to postsecondary education is just one part of AFR/OFU Cooperative’s dedication to the youth of Oklahoma. The organization also hosts a youth leadership summit, statewide scholarships, speech contests, livestock judging and grading competitions, and many other development opportunities. For more information, visit the AFR/OFU Cooperative website at www.afrcoop.org.
AFR/OFU Cooperative is a membership services organization established in 1905 as Oklahoma Farmers Union. AFR/OFU provides educational, legislative and cooperative programs across the state and serves as a watchdog for Oklahoma’s family farmers and ranchers and rural communities. The organization is actively supportive of the state’s agricultural industry and rural population with membership consisting of farmers actively involved in production agriculture and non-farmers adding their voice in support of AFR/OFU principles.