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Sheboygan River Progressive Farmers (SRPF), a farmer-led watershed conservation group, is helping a local student pay for college.

Claire Mulder will receive a $500 scholarship to continue her education.

Mulder, the daughter of Mike and Christal Mulder of Plymouth, is a 2021 graduate of Plymouth High School and attends Lakeshore Technical College to complete her general education credits. She then plans to attend National University of Health Science in the spring of 2023 to obtain her degree in biomedical science with plans to become a naturopathic doctor.

Mulder grew up surrounded by agriculture and understands its importance. She hopes to pursue a career where she can promote the many different foods and herbs that are produced organically.

“I am honored to receive this scholarship as it will help further my education,” Mulder said. “This scholarship was a great opportunity brought to my attention by having connections in the ag community.”

Mulder participated in 4-H from age 9 to 17 and in FFA for three years of high school. She also participated in several other school activities such as cross country, cultural and language exchange, equestrian team and art club, and even started her own photography business.

SRPF offers scholarships to encourage young people to continue their education either in agriculture or influenced by agriculture, SRPF President Brody Stapel said.

“More often than not, farm kids grow up and leave the farm. However, they never lose their farm kid roots,” Stapel said. “Many are taking what they learn from the farm and influencing their community in other ways, continuing to advocate for agriculture. We’re happy to support those who are seeing the value and importance of conservation practices and protecting our soil and water.”