EDF Scholarship Program

EDF’s scholarship program supports the training, retraining or advancement of current and potential employees of equipment dealerships.  Candidates must be sponsored and recommended by a dealership to be eligible to participate. This program is part of EDF’s broader workforce development initiatives and aims to provide an incentive for qualified employees to begin or continue their professional growth within the agriculture industry.  By supporting this initiative, you will help us ensure the pipeline of service technicians for our industry remains strong. 

The scholarship application period for 2020-21 is now closed. Please check back for the 2021-22 application this spring.

Ryan Gushi

A friend he grew up with was working at Hoxie Implement in Hoxie, Kansas, and said that Ryan might be interested in a checking out a position there. Two and a half years later, he’s still at the dealership and loving what he’s doing. “I’d never actually turned a wrench for a living. This is my first job ever doing it, but from the first moment, everything just clicked. It felt right to do it,” he says.

Ryan Gushi
2017

Shane Clark

He sees this as a thriving business and one that fits him well. “What I like about the job is knowing I can keep the farmers up and running. It’s just a fact that equipment is going to break down, but John Deere has such great customer service and satisfaction,” he says. “And I get to work on a variety of different things. I find that challenging—and I enjoy the challenge.”

Shane Clark
2017

Aaron Balcom

“If you have a mechanical aptitude and desire to learn, this company provides the opportunity and pushes you to be the mechanic you want to be. It’s definitely a unique career, with long hours, but I can’t imagine a better place for anyone…I was raised in a family with old-fashioned morals and a work ethic, and it’s nice to be around people with the same values,” he says.

Aaron Balcom
2018

Bryan Manzer

“I appreciate the scholarship and being able to go to Morningside College. I love everything about the ag program there. And I value my education because I know that I’ll be able to compete in a highly competitive and demanding industry.”

Bryan Manzer
2019

Sheila Weninger

“This scholarship means a lot to me. I pay for school myself and work my way through school to pay for it, so I’m really thankful for both organizations for supporting my future career,” says Sheila.

Sheila Weninger
2019