DBMMC has awarded $1,000 education scholarships to Eva Doornink and Kalista Hodorff.
Doornink is a senior at Baldwin-Woodville High School in Baldwin, Wis., with plans to attend the University of Minnesota Twin Cities this fall to major in agricultural communication and marketing. She has been active in 4-H, FFA, Wisconsin Junior Holstein Association, cheerleading, forensics, student council, dance and the St. Croix County Junior Dairy Board. She plans to be involved in agriculture-related activities while in college.
“I have total confidence that Eva will excel at the university level. She is an extremely hard worker in every aspect of her life, and she looks forward to pursuing her education with seriousness and pride,” said Martha Koller, English Department chairwoman at Baldwin-Woodville High School.
Doornink is passionate about sharing the story of agriculture and dairy farming. She hopes to explore new ways to share information, engage non-farm communities and spread the positive story of dairy.
“I have no hesitation that my desired fit will be within the dairy industry because that is where I am the most passionate,” she said. “I feel strongly that I can help benefit the future of our industry and I look forward to the challenges it will bring me.”
The second scholarship recipient, Hodorff, is a senior at Campbellsport High School in Campbellsport, Wis., planning to attend the University of Wisconsin-Madison to major in dairy science with a Spanish minor. She has been active in sports, church activities, Future Business Leaders of America, Wisconsin Junior Holstein Association, 4-H and FFA as well as working on her family’s farm.
“Kalista has the rare and striking arsenal of qualities that inevitably yields success,” said Craig Ellenbecker, Campbellsport High School social studies teacher. “While some students are one-dimensional in their focus and achievement, academics are just one of the areas where she excels. She does so many good things — to the very best of her ability — simply because they’re the right things to do, whether they receive any recognition or not.”
Hodorff is excited to expand her knowledge and leadership skills to help reach her goal of continuing the family tradition of dairy farming.
“As a fifth-generation dairy farmer, the dairy lifestyle is in my genes, yet I realize I still have much to learn,” she said. “I am grateful to organizations like DBMMC for their support of youth and their educational endeavors.”
This is the fourth year DBMMC has offered scholarships to help finance higher education for the children of its members. Scott Munes, DBMMC’s director of membership development, said the co-op plans to continue awarding scholarships for outstanding dairy-minded students in the years to come.
“Passion and leadership are vital to the future of our dairy community,” Munes said. “Eva and Kalista are great examples of the talent that we need to ensure the future success of agriculture and dairy. We are happy to support them as they further their education.”
Students competing for the scholarships were judged on academic achievement, leadership and participation in school and community activities, academic honors, goals and aspirations, recommendations and work experience.
The Dairy Business Milk Marketing Cooperative provides milk testing verification services, market information and representation on dairy-related federal policies for its member farmers in Wisconsin and eight other Midwestern states. Established in 2010, the co-op also aims to be a positive influence in the dairy community by collaborating and building consensus with other agricultural groups. For more information, visit www.dbmmc.com.
Dairy Business Milk Marketing Cooperative