Easton Marie Murray, A SUNY Cobleskill sophomore in the Agricultural Equipment Technology Program, is a recent recipient of the Equipment and Engine Training Council’s (EETC) esteemed Paul H. Scholten Memorial Scholarship. Awarded to an individual pursing a certificate or degree in power equipment, this marks the second year in a row Easton has received this honor. Recognized for demonstrating exceptional academic achievement and strong leadership, Easton was presented with a $1,000.000 in scholarship money from EETC and earns national attention for her accomplishment.

Throughout her undergraduate career at SUNY Cobleskill, Easton has accomplished several notable undertakings. She was a former Future Farmers of America (FFA) Chapter President from 2012 to 2013. A first place welder in FFA’s Agricultural Mechanics Competition, and a national ranking FFA parliamentary procedure national team secretary. Easton also received the FFA EmpireDegree and DistrictStar Award. Alongside her successful work with FFA, Easton is a SUNY Cobleskill Student Ambassador, Teacher’s Assistant and a dedicated member of several of the College’s clubs, including the Postsecondary Agricultural Students Organization/Collegiate Farm Bureau, the Dairy Cattle Club, and the Agricultural Engineering Club – where she is the club’s treasurer. She currently plays on the SUNY Cobleskill Fighting Tiger’s Softball team and is a tutor for the Agricultural Engineering Department at SUNY Cobleskill.

When asked to provide a statement to EETC as to why she believed she deserved the Paul H. Scholten Memorial Scholarship, Easton says, “I am a committed student in agricultural engineering. Continuing my college career, I strive to understand every technical concept and work my hardest to troubleshoot problems to the best of my ability. I have devoted my academic life to this program to become a better technician and engineer by enrolling in classes such as power trains, hydraulic troubleshooting, and electronic diagnostics. I continue to grow academically by teaching my peers through tutoring for the department, as well as assisting teachers in classes such as tractor operation and basic welding. Recently obtaining a certification in mobile air conditioning will further my ability to repair equipment and excel my ability perform my job at Capital Tractor, Inc. I believe that a willingness to learn and a goal to be great technician are necessary to fulfill the testing and development position I have dreamed of; I strive to meet these qualities every day.”

Given in memory and in tribute to Paul H. Scholten, (1940 – 2002) a founding member of the Equipment & Engine Training Council, its Past President, and a fervent advocate for excellence in power equipment service and repair – The EETC dedicates these scholarships to Paul in the hope that young people entering the power equipment industry will regard him as a role model for excellence in all of their life’s endeavors.