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Scholarships Provide Opportunity for Three to Attend National Ethanol Conference

February 11, 2021

Events, NEC


The Renewable Fuels Foundation (RFF) congratulates three young scholars who will be attending next week’s National Ethanol Conference at no cost, courtesy of the Bob Sather Memorial Scholarship. The three are:


  • Shun Lu, a Ph.D. candidate in agricultural engineering at South Dakota State University, whose research is focused on developing novel nanomaterials for efficient electrolysis, including CO2 reduction;
  • Kendall Carpenter, now in her final semester studying business management and accounting at Missouri Western State University, who also works at Show Me Ethanol and is a member of RFA’s Young Professionals Network; and
  • Allyson Johnson, working on a bachelor’s degree in agricultural education at South Dakota State, who hopes to use what she learns to teach the next generation about ethanol’s role in agriculture and transportation.

“We’re thrilled to be able to welcome these three to the National Ethanol Conference next week,” said Dana Siefkes-Lewis, chairperson of RFF and chief administrative officer for Redfield Energy. “Just as they bring a wide range of educational backgrounds to the conference, from engineering to education, so too do we expect each of them will learn something new and, we hope, make connections that will last well into their careers.”


The scholarship covers the cost of the conference registration fee, a $249 value. This year’s digital event, including online networking and on-demand content after the show, will allow students greater flexibility to participate. Now in its 12th year, the program has been named in honor of Bob Sather, who was involved in education before helping found RFA member company Ace Ethanol in Wisconsin. Sather, who also chaired the Renewable Fuels Foundation, passed away in June 2020.


Taking place Feb. 16-18, the National Ethanol Conference is the nation’s most widely attended executive-level conference for the ethanol industry, providing an unequaled opportunity to engage key decision-makers and industry executives about the latest opportunities and challenges affecting the industry today. This year, attendees will hear from Pulitzer Prize-winning author and energy expert Daniel Yergin and receive copies of his new book, The New Map: Energy, Climate, and the Clash of Nations.


Click here for more information and to register for next week’s conference.


Ken Colombini