CHAMPAIGN — When Stanley Godia was a student at Urbana High School, he didn't necessarily know what he wanted to do in college.
So when he applied to get into the University of Illinois College of ACES, it was because "I just wanted to apply to a college that was kind of like a family."
That's what he's found at the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences.
"Even though my major is consumer economics and finance, I had the chance to take several classes with some really outstanding professors," Godia said. "They just really sparked my interest in agriculture. That didn't really initially start when I applied, but it's definitely grown throughout the years as I've gone through the college of ACES."
Godia, who is scheduled to graduate this fall, was one of 45 students recognized at a luncheon Friday as recipients of more than $61,000 in scholarships from the Champaign County Farm Bureau Foundation.
Godia has lived in the area for about 15 years, but started out on the other side of the globe in Nairobi, Kenya.
"When I was about six, I came to the States. My dad was going to school here at the U. of I. He was finishing up his bachelors in science and economics and then he pursued his masters in human resources," Godia said. "And shortly after, we followed and came here to Urbana."
Godia said he's interested in economic development and may pursue that after grad school.
"We'll see where life takes me, but I'm definitely looking to do some research, probably in some developing countries in Africa, given that I am from there. But Africa is also one of the places that is just so far behind in development compared to the rest of the world and there's just so much work to be done there."
At Friday's luncheon at Papa Del's, Godia was recognized for receiving the Ben Louis Memorial Scholarship.
"Stanley is a tremendous community volunteer, and he's helped with the Champaign County Farm Bureau Foundation Gala for many, many years," said Gale Cunningham, the event's emcee and the farm director for WYXY-99.1 FM. "He's performed a lot of mission work, and he volunteers with the Illini Fighting Hunger group."
The Ben Louis Memorial Scholarship was set up 11 years ago in the memory of the former longtime manager of Country Insurance in Champaign County who died at the age of 61.
Louis' wife, Judy, and his son, Wade, attended the luncheon.
"He liked working with the farmers and talking about what was going on in their lives," Judy Louis said. "He was raised a farm boy."
The scholarship recipients include:
Gracyn Allen: Richard & Gloria Rayburn Scholarship
Noah Benedict: Leslie Mitchell Memorial Scholarship and the CCFB President's Scholarship
Emily Bluhm: AgriGold Scholarship
Sara Bohlen: Duane Strunk Memorial Scholarship and the Clema Parker Memorial Scholarship
Andrew Borbely: Murray Family Scholarship & Murray Seeds Scholarship
Heidi Brya: Roger Gish Memorial Scholarship
Ellen Bushell: Matthew Prather Memorial Scholarship
J. Adam Crites: Duane Ehler Memorial Scholarship
Max Daly: The Andersons Scholarship
Lindsey Decker: Vincent O. Greene Memorial Scholarship
Matt Decker: Premier Cooperative Scholarship
Kinze Ehmen: Christian Brothers Farm Scholarship
Jacob Felsman: Thomas Hausman Memorial Scholarship
JT Franey: CIT Trucks Scholarship & Longview Bank Scholarship
Kia Freese: Joe & Sue Summerville Scholarship
Maddie Fugate: Jack & Marjorie Richmond Memorial Scholarship and the CCFB 100th Anniversary ScholarshipElizabeth Gile: Gary Grace Memorial Scholarship
Stanley Godia: Ben Louis Memorial Scholarship
Grace Holben: Leslie Arps Memorial Scholarship
Sophia Hortin: Vincent O. Greene Memorial Scholarship
Ainsley Jessup: Mahomet Lions Club Scholarship
Andrew Johnson: Country Financial Scholarship
Riley Knott: Chester & Margaret Hiser Memorial Scholarship
Kristen Kurtz: Jennifer & Jackie Esworthy Memorial Scholarship and the Nutrien Scholarship
Morgan Lybarger: Meijer Scholarship
Zachary Martin: Gifford Lions Club Scholarship
Rachel Mihm: Marguerite Winston Memorial Scholarship
Ryan Miller: Ehler Brothers Scholarship
Madison Mitchell: Mildred Luther Memorial Scholarship
Cole Mohr: Farm Credit Illinois Scholarship
Bethany Musick: Marie Sitts Mitchell Memorial Scholarship and the Champaign Women's Club Scholarship
Megan Myerscough: William T. & Kathryn Luther Henderson Graduate Student Scholarship
Bailey Parks-Moore: David & Sharron Mies Scholarship
Allison Place: Dan Schaefer News-Gazette Farm Leader of the Year Scholarship and the Champaign County Farm Bureau Scholarship
Brent Pruitt: Sun Prairie Seeds Scholarship
Calli Robinson: Louis Schwing Endowed Scholarship
Collin Rohl: Gerald & Ruth Compton Memorial Scholarship
Kyley Rothermel: Dale Cochran Illinois Foundation Seeds Scholarship
Josie Runck: Illini FS Scholarship
Michael Sage: Captain Hank Warfel Memorial Scholarship
Claire Smith: CCFB Women's Committee Scholarship
Jenna Straub: The Atkins Group Scholarship & Bayer Crop Science Scholarship
Kylie Terven: Clarence & Alma Rayburn Memorial Scholarship
Riley Williams: Gifford State Bank Scholarship
Madison Wilson: Watson's Top Crop Channel Seeds Scholarship