DODGE CITY – One of Servi-Tech, Inc.’s annual college scholarships has been renamed to honor the company’s recently retired chief executive officer, Mitch Counce.

The scholarship, now named the Mitch Counce Scholarship, is one of several scholarships awarded by Servi-Tech each year to reward interns whose performance with the company is regarded as excellent.

Counce served as Servi-Tech’s general manager from 1992 to 2008 and as president and CEO from 2008 until his retirement in 2014.

The scholarship program was established in the 1980s, with memorial funds for an employee killed in an auto accident. The program has grown with additional contributions from Servi-Tech and is now exclusively offered to Servi-Tech interns.

The scholarships are awarded to employees who are in the process of completing a college degree and have worked a minimum of three months as an intern or a seasonal worker with Servi-Tech. Servi-Tech offers multiple paid internships each growing season, with scholarships serving as an extra incentive to exceptional interns.

The scholarship distributions will now be administered through the Community Foundation of Southwest Kansas. CoBank has matched a $5,000 contribution made by Servi-Tech, increasing the amount of scholarship funds that may be awarded.

CoBank is a national nonprofit cooperative bank owned by the rural cooperatives it serves, including Servi-Tech. Last year, CoBank committed $3 million to match charitable contributions made by its cooperative members to nonprofit organizations in their local areas. The matching grant program is designed to celebrate the vital role that cooperatives play in individual communities across the country.