MSU students receive scholarship awards for 2020-21

Contact: Dr. Miriam Weber Nielsen, Michigan State University Department of Animal Science, 517-449-7941 (Photos of scholarship recipients available upon request)

The Michigan Dairy Memorial and Scholarship Foundation and endowments honoring Howard Cowles and Rolland Patenge have awarded over $100,000 in scholarships to 28 Michigan State University (MSU) students pursuing dairy industry-related programs of study for the 2020-21 academic year.

The following students were awarded a named Michigan Dairy Memorial and Scholarship Foundation Scholarship. Named scholarships are established endowments within the MDMSF that each have specific criteria related to the individual the scholarship is named after. The 2020-21 MDMSF named scholarship recipients include:

  • Glenn & Anne Lake Scholarship, $7,500: Lynn Olthof, a senior in Agribusiness Management
  • Russel Erickson Scholarship, $5,000: Hanna Dutcher, a senior in Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources Education
  • Donald and Valera Murray Scholarship, $4,000: Kristen Burkhardt, a senior in Agribusiness Management
  • John and Barbara Dilland Scholarship, $4,000: Aaron Fahrner, a senior in Agribusiness Management
  • John and Barbara Dilland Scholarship, $4,000: Darren Kulicamp, a senior in Agribusiness Management
  • Archie Studer Scholarship, $4,000: Joseph Marsh, a senior in Animal Science
  • Nick Bellows Scholarship, $4,000: Kelsie Letts, a senior in Animal Science
  • George and Shirley Hazle Scholarship, $4,000: Miriah Dershem, a senior in Agribusiness Management
  • Red and Edna Cotter Scholarship, $4,000: Monika Dziuba, a second-year student in Veterinary Medicine
  • Harold and Lillian Gremel Scholarship, $4,000: Kyle Longcore, a third-year student in Veterinary Medicine
  • Velmar Green Scholarship, $4,000: Kassidy Thelen, a second-year student in Ag Tech Dairy Management
  • Gary and Carolyn Trimner Scholarship, $4,000: Jared Sanderson, a second-year student in Veterinary Medicine

The following six MSU students were awarded $3,500 scholarships from the Michigan Dairy Memorial and Scholarship Foundation:

  • Katie Butler, a senior in Animal Science and Microbiology
  • Kelsee Boecher, a senior in Animal Science
  • Caitlin Henne, a senior in Agribusiness Management
  • Kelsey Pasch, a junior in Animal Science
  • Rajrsri Raghunath, a junior in Food Science and Human Nutrition
  • Rebecca Herzog, a senior in Animal Science

Five students pursuing a two-year certificate in the MSU Institute of Agricultural Technology (IAT) dairy management program each earned $2,000 scholarships from the Michigan Dairy Memorial and Scholarship Foundation:

  • Rachael Bosse
  • Mikayla Bowen
  • Abby VanDyk
  • Katie Wilson
  • Devin Haywood

One first-year student was awarded the Michigan Dairy Memorial and Scholarship Foundation Freshman Scholarship worth $1,500:

  •  Rebecca Havelka, Animal Science

Three veterinary students were awarded the Michigan Dairy Memorial and Scholarship Foundation Scholarships worth $2,000:

  • Emmy Schuurmans, a second-year student
  • Ellen Launstein, a third-year student
  • Katie Osborne, a fourth-year student

Two veterinary students were awarded the Jack and Betty Barnes International Michigan Dairy Memorial Scholarships worth $1,000, to pursue educational workshops enriching their preparation for veterinary careers:

  • Jared Sanderson, a second-year student
  • Orlando Ochoa, a second-year student

Thanks to the generous support of donors, the Michigan Dairy Memorial and Scholarship Foundation oversees the largest scholarship program in the MSU College of Agriculture and Natural Resources and one of the largest at MSU. The MDMSF was established in 1957 through contributions made in honor of individuals who have served the dairy industry. Income from the endowment has generated scholarships for deserving students who want to pursue careers associated with the dairy industry.

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 activities 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 $2,000 scholarships are Rebecca Mahlmeister and Chase Rievert.

Rolland Patenge Endowed Scholarships

The Rolland Patenge Endowed Scholarships are given annually to students in Animal Science who have demonstrated a strong interest in dairy. The scholarships were created by Mary Patenge in memory of her husband Rolland, who was a dairy farmer near East Lansing prior to taking over the operation of Wohlert Corporation in Lansing. This year’s recipients of $2,000 scholarships are Kelsee Boecher, Joseph Marsh and Kelsey Pasch.

For information on making contributions to honor members of the dairy industry or to support student scholarships, please contact the MSU 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 MSU Department of Animal Science at 517-449-7941.





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