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Butler Student Wins Broers Scholarship

Broers award 2018
Published: Wednesday, May 30th, 2018

Indiana FFA State President and Butler graduate wins prestigious award at graduation.

After deferring her first year of college to serve as the 2015-2016 Indiana FFA State President, Kenzie Kretzmeier of Fowler, Ind. began thinking about paving her own way, even if that meant going to college ten hours away and being the first in her family to not attend Purdue.

“When the opportunity arose to receive a scholarship to Butler for livestock judging, it was not only making paying for college more feasible, but I would be getting a valuable education and still be able to do what I love,” Kretzmeier said.

Kretzmeier is this year’s Butler Community College Winnie Broers Estate Presidential Scholarship winner. This $5,000 transfer scholarship is awarded annually at the Order of the Purple academic honors night held prior to Commencement. The scholarship is awarded to one student who, along with other criteria, is transferring to the University of Kansas or Kansas State University. Kenzie will be attending Kansas State.

Before she begins K-State this fall, Kretzmeier will intern in government affairs and industry relations under FMC Corporation in Philadelphia and Washington, D.C. She describes this as her “dream career.”

“Though I have loved growing up in production agriculture,” Kretzmeier said, “I hope to bring forth a practical application of real-world ag into a political realm.”

Like so many before her, Kretzmeier credits much of her success to the support and relationships brought into her life by Butler faculty and staff.

“It goes to show that I may not personally have all the tools to meet my goals,” Kretzmeier said. “With the knowledge and support of others, anything can be done.”