OVERLAND PARK, KANSAS, U.S. — During the IMEF Breakfast May 16 at the 117th Annual IAOM Conference & Expo in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada, Keith Horton, Grain Millers, Inc., announced the company’s intentions to establish an endowed scholarship with a donation of $100,000 to the International Milling Education Foundation (IMEF). 

“Grain milling is one of the oldest professions in the world and with an ever-increasing world population, milling will remain a most life-sustaining profession. Promoting our profession and motivating future generations to seek careers in milling is critical,” Horton said.   

“Like so many other milling companies, Grain Millers Inc. and its board of directors recognizes the importance of our industry and the individuals who will lead it into the future,” Horton continued. “In today’s high-tech world, it is more necessary than ever that we provide the best opportunities for a quality education in milling, while also continuing to teach future generations the ‘art’ of milling. Investing in the education of future millers and grain science students has never been more important and should be a priority to us all.”   

The endowed scholarship will be the first one established under the umbrella of the IMEF. 

“We are excited about what this donation does to expand the IMEF Scholarship Program and the additional support it affords to grain milling students,” said IMEF President Joel Hoffa. “We have had tremendous support from across the industry for IMEF, but this level of commitment by Grain Millers is significant to the continued success of IMEF.” 

The Christian F. Kongsore Scholarship will be presented to a qualified grain milling student by Grain Millers Inc., on an annual basis beginning in the fall semester of 2013. The amount of the annual award will be $5,000. More details and an application form will be posted at www.iaom.info/imef.