Four Students Receive 2023 Adkins Energy Scholarships

LENA, IL, June 12, 2023 — Adkins Energy LLC is proud to award four outstanding local students with $1000 scholarships to help them further their education. Entries for this year were judged on academic achievement and an essay answering this question: With the world’s push for reduced carbon footprints and CI (carbon intensity) scores from all industries, how do you think rural communities like ours will be impacted as a lower CI grain maybe in higher demand? 

The winners of this year’s scholarships are:

Andrew Kempel from Lena-Winslow High School

Brock Smith from Forreston High School

Ellie Edler from Black Hawk High School

Natalie Yeoman from Freeport High School

Adkins Energy congratulates Andrew, Brock, Ellie, and Natalie along with all area graduates and wishes them good luck in their next endeavors, whether it is school or work (or a combination of both).

Adkins Energy is a dry mill corn-to-ethanol and biodiesel facility located in northwest Illinois. It is owned by over 275 local investors and Pearl City Elevator, and employs 40 people.

Since it started production in 2002, Adkins has processed over 275 million bushels of corn to produce over 750 million gallons of ethanol and over 3.8 million tons of wet and dried distillers’ grains. Adkins Energy also operates a 3-million gallon per year biodiesel facility that is fully integrated into its ethanol operations. For more information, contact Adkins Energy (1-888-ETHANOL) or visit