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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