The 2017 recipient of the Ryan Coe MemorialScholarship is Jakob Miles of rural Paxton. Created by Michele and Todd Coe in memory of their son who died on December 2, 2008 at the age of 15, the Ryan Coe Memorial Scholarship honors one graduating senior from PBL with a one-time $1,000 award.
Administered by the PBL Education Foundation, the scholarship was established by Ryan Coe’s parents in honor of his courage, his determination, his resourcefulness, and his enthusiasm for life. Applicants are evaluated through a written essay and two references. Special consideration is given to students intending to major in ag sciences, natural sciences, environmental studies or conservation.
Miles intends to begin his post-high school education in the Parkland Pathways Program and continue to the University of Illinois to earn a master’s degree in crop science. He credits his two years of experience on the PBL FFA agronomy team for inspiring him towards a career in crop science. His team placed 2nd at state his sophomore year. During his junior year, the team placed 1st at state and went on to place 6th at the National competition.