Lenexa, KS — Conner McDonald, a junior at Kansas State University, was announced as the recipient of the International Milling Education Foundation (IMEF) Grain Millers’/Christian F. Kongsore Scholarship last week at the Milling Science Club’s final meeting of the academic year in Manhattan, KS.
The $5,000 scholarship will assist in covering Conner’s tuition expenses for the 2021-2022 academic year.
This is the second time he has received this scholarship.
Conner is majoring in milling science and management and will serve as secretary of the Milling Science Club for his final year at Kansas State.
Previously, Conner was a co-event coordinator for the Milling Science Club and planned the holiday flour sale and a flour sale donation for local citizens and Cats Cupboard.
A native of Rome, GA, Conner transferred to K-State after completing one year at a small agricultural school in South Georgia.
He is preparing for his third internship this summer with Ardent Mills in Ogden, UT.
Conner grew up working at his parents’ U-pick strawberry farm, where he says he learned leadership and time management skills.
Conner is expected to graduate in May 2022.
The Christian F. Kongsore Scholarship was established in 2013, with a donation from Grain Millers, Inc., a company that Kongsore co-founded.
Born in Oslo, Norway in 1927, Kongsore worked at his family’s flour mill as a second-generation miller and later moved to the United States.
He graduated from K-State with a degree in milling science in 1954.
The IMEF Scholarship program was established to support the education of undergraduates in the sciences of grain milling.
IMEF is the philanthropic partner of the International Association of Operative Millers (IAOM).
Established in 2003, IMEF solicits, manages, and distributes funds for educational programs related to the grain milling industry.