Poultry processor  Case Farms recently awarded three $2,500 scholarships to children of Case Farms employees during the company's annual Service Awards Dinner.

Established in 2005 by Case Farms founder Thomas Shelton, the J. Leroy Cook Memorial Scholarship Program honors long-time Case Farms employee Leroy Cook, a former senior vice president of operations at the company. To date, Case Farms has given away more than $42,500 in college scholarships to children of Case Farms employees.

"The employees at Case Farms are dedicated individuals and it is a privilege for us to be able to support them and their families," said Kevin Phillips, president and chief operating officer at Case Foods Inc. "We are proud to provide these students with an opportunity to further their education and relieve some of the financial stresses associated with attending school."

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The recipients of the 2013 J. Leroy Cook Memorial Scholarship are Danielle N. Dillane, Kristen D. Halloran and Christopher A. Nichols. Dillane will continue her education at North Carolina State University where she is majoring in meteorology. She is the daughter of Vincent Dillane, who works in receiving at the Case Farms feed mill in Goldsboro, N.C. Halloran will attend Mount Vernon Nazarene University and plans to major in early childhood education. She is the daughter of David Halloran, flock supervisor at the Case Farms complex in Winesburg, Ohio. Nichols will continue his studies at Methodist University, where he is majoring in secondary education. He is the son of Allen Nichols, garage manager at the Case Farms facility in Goldsboro.

Applicants underwent a competitive process, completing a questionnaire that was evaluated by three judges.