2018 DFA Cares Foundation Scholarships

DFA Cares is committed to the education of future leaders in the dairy industry

This year, DFA’s scholarship committee identified 45 recipients who will receive a combined total of $57,000. (IBM Research, Flickr/Creative Commons)

Dairy Farmers of America (DFA) recognizes the importance of developing future leaders in the dairy industry and is committed to investing in their education. Since its inception 11 years ago, the DFA Cares Foundation Scholarship has grown to honor an increasing number of outstanding students who are pursuing careers in the dairy industry.

Selection criteria include a commitment and passion for a career in the dairy industry; extracurricular activities, awards and work experience; and academic achievement. This year, DFA’s scholarship committee identified 45 recipients who will receive a combined total of $57,000.

 

Precollege Students 

Abigail Albin, Fortuna, Calif., planning to attend Cal Poly San Luis Obispo or Oklahoma State University and major in agriculture education

Jared Baudhuin, Brussels, Wis., planning to attend University of Wisconsin–Madison and major in dairy science

Madison Bock, Ashley, Ill., planning to attend Rend Lake College and major in agriculture education

Reese Burnett, Carpenter, Wyo., undecided on university, planning to major in animal science

Grant Fincham, Marysville, Kan., planning to attend Kansas State University and major in feed science

Austin Freund, Concordia, Mo., planning to attend State Fair College–Sedalia and major in agriculture animal science

Allen Graulich, Cobleskill, N.Y., undecided on university, planning to major in animal science/dairy science

Johnathan King, Schuylerville, N.Y., planning to attend Cornell University and major in animal science/ dairy science

Taylor Klipp, Hanover, Kan., planning to attend Southeast Community College–Beatrice and major in agriculture business

Grace Koester, Red Bud, Ill., planning to attend Southern Illinois University–Carbondale and major in animal science

Aaron Lay, Madisonville, Tenn., planning to attend Tennessee Tech University and major in agriculture communications

Sarah Lehner, Delaware, Ohio, planning to attend The Ohio State University and major in animal science

Morgan Marotz, Wahoo, Neb., planning to attend Wayne State College and major in elementary education

 

Morgan Mickell, Circleville, Utah, planning to attend Southern Utah University and major in health science

Jessica Nash, Elsie, Mich., planning to attend Michigan State University and major in dairy management

Jack Palla, Clovis, N.M., planning to attend Oklahoma State University and major in animal science

Sonora Palmer, Preston, Idaho, planning to attend Brigham Young University and major in animal science

Matthew Peck, Schuylerville, N.Y., planning to attend Cornell University and major in animal science with an emphasis on dairy

Seth Racicky, Mason City, Neb., planning to attend Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture and major in animal science with an emphasis on dairy reproduction

Gavin Rankins, Cusseta, Ala., planning to attend Auburn University and major in animal scienceproduction/management

Michelle Ruijne, Plainview, Texas, planning to attend Texas A&M University and major in animal science

Cole Schaap, Clovis, N.M., planning to attend Cornell University and major in animal science with an emphasis on dairy

Ryan Siegel, Otterville, Mo., planning to attend the University of Missouri–Columbia and major in animal science

Derek Vander Hoff, Hillsdale, Mich., planning to attend Michigan State University and major in agriculture business management

Lora Wright, Verona, Mo., planning to attend Oklahoma State University and major in animal science and agriculture communications

Undergraduate Students

Christy Achen, Logan, Utah, attends Utah State University and majors in agriculture communications and journalism

Nicholas Achen, Lakin, Kan., attends Kansas State University and majors in agriculture education

Jaimee Frederick, Clifton Springs, N.Y., attends Cornell University and majors in agriculture science

Laura Geven, Syracuse, Kan., attends Kansas State University and majors in animal science and industry production management

Shana Hilgerson, Elkader, Iowa, attends Iowa State University and majors in animal science

Kalista Hodorff, Eden, Wis., attends University of Wisconsin–Madison and majors in dairy science

Dawn Klabenes, Chambers, Neb., attends University of Nebraska–Lincoln and majors in animal science

Gloria Koester, Owen Hall, Ind., attends Purdue University and majors in agriculture economics

Jacobus McClure, Las Cruces, N.M., attends University of New Mexico and majors in accounting and finance

Kristi Menson, Dyersville, Iowa, attends University of Wisconsin–Platteville and majors in agriculture education

Emily Mikel, Stafford, N.Y., attends Morrisville State College and majors in dairy science

Jay Moon, Buckhead, Ga., attends University of Georgia and majors in agriculture education

Dexter Ormond, Kennedy, N.Y., attends Penn State University and majors in agriculture engineering

Brittany Rennhack, Watertown, Wis., attends University of Wisconsin–Platteville and majors in agriculture education

Robin Ritsema, Lakin, Kan., attends Fort Hays State University and majors in international business and economics

Abby Sterner, Barto, Pa., attends Delaware Valley University and majors in dairy science

Kristina Wagner, Altoona, Pa., attends Penn State University and majors in plant science

Nate Yates, Rutledge, Tenn., attends University of Tennessee–Knoxville and majors in agriculture business

Graduate Students

Stephanie Geven, Syracuse, Kan., attending Saxion University, pursuing business administration

Rachel O’Leary, Janesville, Wis., attending University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine, pursuing a doctorate of veterinary medicin