Over $100,000 in Scholarships Awarded to Dairy Students
Miriam Weber Nielsen
Dept. of Animal Science
The Michigan Dairy Memorial and Scholarship Foundation continues to be the largest scholarship program in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources. Now in its 52nd year, it has grown to a principal account of over $700,000 primarily through gifts from individuals and organizations in the Michigan dairy industry, many of whom have contributed to honor a dairy industry leader as an Honoree of the Foundation. New Honorees this year include Wayne Wood, Dr. Herb Bucholtz, Nelson Sperry and Dr. Kirk Heinze.
The Foundation awarded nearly $100,000 in scholarships this year. Scholarships are awarded on the basis of academics, extracurricular involvement, and interest in a career in the dairy industry.
Glenn and Anne Lake Scholarship
The Glenn and Anne Lake Scholarship covers all tuition and fees for an academic year. This year’s recipient is Ashley Messing, daughter of Gregory and Shelly Messing. A senior in Animal Science from Bad Axe, Ashley grew up on a dairy farm and started showing dairy animals at a young age. She served as Michigan’s Dairy Ambassador, and participated in the MSU Dairy Club, National Agri-Marketing Association, dairy judging, Block and Bridle and Collegiate Farm Bureau. She participated in the MSU and Midwest Dairy Challenge events, and was part of MSU’s 1st place Platinum team in the 2008 National Dairy Challenge. After graduation she plans to work in the nutrition or AI industry.
Russel Erickson Scholarship
The Russel Erickson Scholarship of $5,000 is awarded to Greta Koebel. Greta, a senior in Agribusiness Management from Three Oaks, is the daughter of Terry and Jennie Koebel. She began showing cows when she was five, and has been very active in the dairy industry, receiving state and national awards for her involvement. She has been active in the MSU Dairy Club and Collegiate Farm Bureau. Greta plans to continue farming with her family after graduation and to work in the dairy genetics industry.
Donald and Valera Murray Scholarship
The Donald and Valera Murray Scholarship of $4,000 is awarded to Lindsey First. Lindsey is a senior in Animal Science from Ionia, and is the daughter of Dan and Margie First. Her experience on her family’s dairy farm led to her interest in a career in dairy reproduction after graduation. Lindsey has been active in the MSU Dairy Club, dairy judging, the MSU and Midwest Dairy Challenge events, and received her American FFA degree in 2006. Lindsey will represent MSU on the 2009 National Dairy Challenge team.
Jack & Betty Barnes International Michigan Dairy Memorial Endowed Scholarship ($1,000)
The Barnes scholarship is provided through an endowment from Jack and Betty Barnes and is given annually to a student interested in a dairy industry career who is participating in an international experience to enhance his or her education. This year’s recipient was Gail Carpenter, a senior in Animal Science. Gail traveled to Europe with the dairy cattle judging teams in summer 2008. As a daughter of two teachers, she has always enjoyed sharing her passions with others. Her dedication to agriculture and the dairy industry is leading her to pursue a Master’s Degree in dairy nutrition upon graduation. She would like to find a career where she can apply her knowledge of dairy science on a practical farm level. Gail is the daughter of Dan and Sandy Carpenter of Dansville.
Howard Cowles Dairy Scholarships
The Howard Cowles Dairy Scholarships are given annually to students in Animal Science who have attained junior status and demonstrated a strong interest in dairy. Academic achievement and participation in extracurricular dairy activities such as the MSU Dairy Club, Dairy Challenge, Dairy Associates Program or MSU Dairy Judging are given strong consideration. The scholarships are provided by revenue from a gift from the estate of Howard E. Cowles, who was a long-time employee of Sealtest Dairy. This year’s recipients of $1,400 scholarships were Gail Carpenter and Ashley Messing.
Michigan Dairy Memorial Freshman Scholarships ($1,500)
The following students received Michigan Dairy Memorial Freshman Scholarships ($1,500):Sarah Bartley-Mann, Camden, Animal Science; Brandon Gingrich, LeRoy, Animal Science; Ashley Orlowski, Saranac, Agribusiness Management; Eric Sneller, Sebewaing, Animal Science; William Stinson, Kinde, Dairy Management; Lisa Vander Veen, Grand Haven, Dairy Management.
Michigan Dairy Memorial Ag Tech Scholarships ($2,000)
The following students received Michigan Dairy Memorial Ag Tech Scholarships ($2,000): Eric Cole, Bancroft, Dairy Management; William Huisjen, Fremont, Dairy Management; Josh First, Ionia, Dairy Management; Matthew Spitzley, Pewamo, Dairy Management; Nathan Southwell, St. Johns, Dairy Management; Eric Westendorp, Nashville, Dairy Management.
Michigan Dairy Memorial Scholarships ($3,500)
The following students received Michigan Dairy Memorial Scholarships ($3,500): Krista Beeker, Constantine, Animal Science; Melissa Brower, Jamestown, Animal Science; Gail Carpenter, Dansville, Animal Science; Jessica Fry, Blanchard, Animal Science; Karmen Jackson, Caro, Animal Science; Angelee Musser, Kingsley, Animal Science; Joseph Pasch, Weidman, Animal Science; Andrew Rupprecht, Vassar, Agribusiness Management; Nicole Schaendorf, Allegan, Ag. and Natural Resources Communications; Autumn Sieffert, Grawn, Animal Science; Lynnae Slavik, Ashley, Animal Science; Kayla Stomack, Minden City, Animal Science; Katelyn Thompson, Charlotte, Animal Science; Hannah Tucker, Elsie, Animal Science; Laura Zeldenrust, Fremont, Animal Science.
For information on making contributions to honor members of the dairy industry or to support student scholarships, please contact College of Agriculture and Natural Resources External Relations at (517) 355-0284. To learn more about the Michigan Dairy Memorial and Scholarship Foundation, contact Dr. Miriam Weber Nielsen in the Department of Animal Science (517-432-5443; firstname.lastname@example.org).
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