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ACE scholarship program announces 2018 winners

PHOTO: (L to R) Keithen Drury, Emma Baker, Brett Galles

Sioux Falls, SD (June 20, 2018) – The American Coalition for Ethanol (ACE) congratulates the 2018 scholarship recipients Keithen Drury, Brett Galles, and Emma Baker. Each student receives a $1,000 scholarship through ACE’s Scholarship Program to help further their collegiate education.

“ACE wishes these bright young students of ACE member plant employees the best of luck as they pursue their future careers,” said Brian Jennings, ACE CEO. “Students today are the leaders of tomorrow and their education is critically important for the future development of biofuels, its associated industries, and beyond.”

Keithen Drury from Blue Hill, Nebraska, is pursuing a degree in Mechanical Engineering at Dordt College in Sioux Center, Iowa. Keithen is the son of Terry and Penny Drury. His father Terry is employed at ACE ethanol producer member Chief Ethanol Fuels in Hastings, Nebraska. 

Brett Galles of Remsen, Iowa, will be attending Iowa State University in Ames where he plans to study Industrial Engineering. Brett is the son of Bart and Kelly Galles. His father Bart is employed with ACE ethanol producer member Little Sioux Corn Processors in Marcus, Iowa.

Emma Baker is from Lena, Illinois, and will be pursuing nursing at Highland Community College in Freeport. Emma is the daughter of Ray and Amy Baker. Her father Ray works for ACE ethanol producer member Adkins Energy in Lena, Illinois.

The ACE Scholarship Program was initiated in 2004, and ACE has awarded $53,000 since then. Scholarships are made available to employees and dependents of employees and shareholders of ACE Ethanol Producer, Voting and Associate member companies and organizations in good standing.

ACE is in the process of adding more ethanol educational resources on its website, The resources are for anyone looking to learn more about ethanol, including lesson plans, videos, career exploration, and other hands on learning activities compiled by ACE.

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