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Select Sires Member Cooperative Scholarship

Select Sires Member Cooperative Announces Inaugural Scholarship Program

The Select Sires Member Cooperative (SSMC) Board of Directors wishes to recognize the efforts and aspirations of college students from member-owner families throughout our 27-state territory.  To achieve this goal, the board of directors has set aside $40,000 in scholarship funds that will be awarded to students currently enrolled in a two or four year academic program. Students who wish to be considered in our application process must apply by the June 10, 2024, application deadline using the following link . The announcement of scholarship winners will take place by the end of July.  Board Member Brad Lindhardt says “These are the opportunities we can create together to make a difference not only for the individual, but the cooperative and the industry.  This is why it is important to me to be a part of this growing cooperative.”

“As a cooperative, SSMC believes in the cooperative principle of supporting our community.  We live and work alongside our member-owners and want to support those students seeking to further their education, especially in agriculture”. Says Chad Steinberger president of the board of directors.  SSMC believes that knowledge is the path to individual and collective growth.  Our team’s curiosity and continuous learning helps shape a brighter future for employees and member-owners.  Chief Executive Officer Chris Sigurdson says, “We want to recognize the efforts of students that are on a continual learning path.  The cooperative will need these educated, driven and passionate students as employees in the future.”

Applicants must be from current member families doing business with Select Sires Member Cooperative.  SSMC serves 27 states with excellent genetics, a highly trained team and quality offerings.  We set the standard in the industry and desire to develop and invest in those who can serve our member-owners in the future.  Applications are completely digital and can be found at the following link  Questions can be directed to our office by phone at 800-837-2621 or by email at  Applications are due by June 10, 2024. Select Sires Member Cooperative strives to inspire the excellence of producers, herds and our communities. SSMC operates as a true cooperative by delivering the diamond standard for excellence in cattle genetics, quality offerings and personalized service.