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Four Students Selected for 2021-22 Molz Cooperative Scholarship

Aug 05, 2021

Contact: Madilyn Rider
Public Relations Coordinator
Phone: 620-276-0418 
Four Students Selected for 2021-22 Molz Cooperative Scholarship
[Garden City, KS] August 4, 2021 -- The Garden City Community College Endowment Association has selected four area students for the Otis and Mary Lee Molz Cooperative Scholarship for the 2021-22 academic year.
The four recipients are:
  • Jaycee Stewart, biology major from Garden City
  • Brady Schmeeckle, agribusiness major from Ingalls
  • Matt Morgan, production agriculture major from Lakin
  • Elizabeth (Elly) Murrell, biology major from Garden City

The Molz scholarship recipients will receive full tuition and fees for up to 16 credit hours per semester at GCCC.

The scholarship fund, established in 2014, is made possible by the largest donation made by a living donor to the GCCC Endowment Association.

The fund provides full tuition and standard fees for Garden City Co-op employees, members, and their spouses, children, and grandchildren.  A committee comprised of members from the Garden City Co-op selects the final recipients of the award each year.

The students will be honored at a reception hosted by the GCCC Endowment Association in September.

About the Otis & Mary Lee Molz Cooperative Scholarship

In 2014, the Molz couple committed to continue making contributions to the endowed scholarship fund until it met maturity at $500,000.  As these were the largest academic scholarships that GCCC's Endowment Association would award each year, the *Garden City Co-Op also committed to contributing an additional $15,000 per year through 2024, to keep up with inflation and tuition increases. The Molz' affiliation with CoBank also resulted in the bank's additional $10,000 contribution to the scholarship fund. When the principal amount is fully funded, it will support as many as six full scholarships annually. 

About the Molz Couple

Otis and Mary Lee Molz have spent much time and effort in the creation, direction, establishment, and support of cooperatives both in Kansas and in Latin America, where the couple traveled to provide education and training in agribusiness to developing cooperatives in the region. Otis and Mary Lee were honored with the "Donor Lifetime Achievement Award" from the GCCC Endowment Association in 2016, in recognition of the generous financial support they have given to the GCCC students.

For more information contact GCCC Endowment Director, Jeremy Gigot, at 620-276-6570 or

2021-22 Molz Recipients

*Correction 8/5/21: The article originally attributed the $15,000 per year through 2024 contribution to the Endowment Association, but has been corrected to reflect the Garden City Co-op as the rightful contributor of those funds.*


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