Karl Janke and Brad Schultz, students at Kansas State University, were announced as the recipients of the International Milling Education Foundation (IMEF) Scholarship at the IMEF Breakfast on May 1, during the IAOM Annual Conference & Expo in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada. The scholarship will assist in covering their tuition expenses for the 2013-2014 academic year.
Janke is a sophomore working toward a degree in milling science and management. While a student, he is also working part-time as a lab assistant at the Bio-Materials and Technology Lab on campus. Janke interned at Bay State Milling in Mooresville, NC, last year, and plans to intern at ConAgra’s facility in Hastings, Minnesota during the summer of 2013.
Sandy Klein, advisor to the College of Agriculture Ambassador program, stated that she is impressed with the level of commitment Karl puts toward his activities and organizations.
“While many students are hesitant to take on extra responsibilities, Karl sought one of the most demanding officer roles within the ag ambassador organization…He was responsible for developing and leading weekly classes teaching students about all facets of the K-State College of Agriculture,” Klein explained. “This role requires a student who is well organized, friendly and assertive and mature enough to lead and evaluate their peers objectively.”
Schultz is a junior working toward a degree in milling science and management, with a minor in business.
In addition to an internship at the Hal Ross Flour Mill at Kansas State University, Schultz interned at Horizon Milling in Wichita, Kan., and plans to intern at Quaker Oats in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, during the summer of 2013.
While working at the Hal Ross Mill, Schultz was tasked with a couple of abstract milling projects: sifting broccoli powder and grinding raisin stems.
“I had to use knowledge obtained in the classroom to creatively fashion a process in which I could successfully sift the products,” Schultz noted in his application statement. “I was also responsible for various other projects, such as revamping the 5S system at the mill.”
According to Quenten Allen, Schultz’s supervisor at the Hal Ross Mill, “In action, he’s a great leader and has an amazing understanding of what it takes to motivate people In addition to technical ability, Brad has a great spirit for innovation and improvement,”
The IMEF Scholarship program was established to support the education of undergraduates in the sciences of grain milling. IMEF is the philanthropic partner of IAOM. IMEF solicits, manages and distributes funds for educational programs related to the grain milling industry. Established in 2003, the Foundation’s mission is to strengthen the grain milling industry through educational programs, professional development efforts and research projects. Priorities include:
- ·Assist to create an international certificate program,
- ·Develop multimedia online educational courses,
- ·Create a “Career Kit” and industry recruitment materials, and
- ·Provide assistance for educational material translations.