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People are the heart and soul of any industry, and the drivers behind progress. Each year at the FEW we present the Award of Excellence and the High Octane Award to two individuals.
By Susanne Retka Schill | April 02, 2012

People are the heart and soul of any industry, and the drivers behind progress. Each year at the International Fuel Ethanol Workshop and Expo we present  the Award of Excellence and the High Octane Award to two individuals.

The High Octane Award acknowledges a person who has been an industry advocate. Last year, National Corn Growers Association CEO, Rick Tolman, said in receiving the award that it belonged to all of the NCGA staff and leaders at the state and national level for putting “their heart and soul into ethanol promotion.” 

The Award of Excellence goes to a person on the technical side, who has been instrumental in helping the industry advance. At the 2011 FEW Bruce Dale, professor of chemical engineering at Michigan State University, was recognized for his extensive research on cellulosic ethanol and his work in scientifically challenging the indirect land use concept. One doesn’t have to be a research to get this award, of course. In the past, people working on the ground in the ethanol industry have been recognized.

Who would you like to see recognized for his or her contribution to the ethanol industry? We’re soliciting nominations for the two awards. You can make award nominations on the FEW website.

And while we’re talking about FEW traditions. We also give out two $2,000 scholarships at FEW time in honor of Kathy Bryan, a cofounder of the FEW and former president of BBI International. Last year, one went to a high school graduate planning a career in environmental policy. Bailee McClellan is the daughter of an employee of Big River United Energy LLC in Dyersville, Iowa. Mary Schrock, an employee of Abengoa Bionergy of Indiana, won the other scholarship to continue her work towards earning a bachelors degree in environmental studies and advance her career in the ethanol industry.

Encourage high school seniors or ethanol plant employees interested in continuing education to apply for the scholarship online. The scholarships go to employees of any U.S. ethanol plant, or to a member of the employee’s immediate family. Look for the scholarship tab on the FEW website