Matthew Baumgartner is awarded Droge Agricultural Scholarship

Matthew Baumgartner

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Matthew Baumgartner, son of Jay and Heidi Baumgartner, has spent the past two years in the College of Agriculture at Kansas State University. After graduating from Nemaha Central High School, Matthew attended Kansas State University in Manhattan.

“I am an Agriculture student living at the Farmhouse Fraternity,” Baumgartner shared in his scholarship application. “Farmhouse has a great relationship with the college of Agriculture and provides many opportunities for me to serve.”

Baumgartner is majoring in Agricultural Economics.

The Nemaha County STEP Foundation is proud to award Baumgartner the $500 scholarship established in 2008 by Lola Droge and her family, which is 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 life in Nemaha County. Leslie and Lola purchased and moved to the Droge family farm after Leslie returned from serving his country in World War II.

The couple was progressive and looked for 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, but they also served in other areas 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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