This scholarship has been awarded since 1950 to an outstanding graduate student in a dairy related field. Dean H.H. Kildee was a renowned educator at Iowa State University and this scholarship honors his great service to the future of the dairy industry.
Receiving a H.H. Kildee Graduate Studies $3,000 Scholarship is Madison Dyment of Lexington, Kentucky. Laura attended the University of Kentucky and will be entering graduate school at the Ohio State University in Agricultural Communications. Madison has been very successful in dairy cattle judging as a youth and in 2019 was the high individual in oral reasons and high individual overall at the National Intercollegiate Dairy Cattle Judging Contest. Ms. Dyment has been an excellent student belonging to the Phi Sigma Theta Honor Society and the UK Chellgren Fellows Honors Program. Madison’s ultimate goal is to become a professor in agricultural communications at a Canadian University. She would like to train future agriculture communication advocates throughout Canada.
These scholarships were created by an endowment from the Charles and Judy Iager family of Fulton, Maryland. This $1000 scholarship is awarded annually to second-year students enrolled in a two-year agricultural school and pursuing a career in the dairy industry. Recipients are selected based on academic achievement, leadership ability, interest in the dairy industry, and future career plans. The recipients this year are,
Justin Huff of Dix, Illinois, is attending Kaskaskia College working on an associate degree in Pre-Veterinary Medicine with plans to further his education at the University of Illinois. Justin has been active in the Illinois PAS, serves as a Kaskaskia College Student Trustee, as well as being very involved in dairy judging, and has served numerous leadership roles in dairy groups. Justin is planning on a career as a dairy large animal veterinarian and hopes to help dairymen in Southern Illinois after graduation.
Laura Littrell of St Johnsville, New York is attending the State University of New York – Cobleskill and majoring in Animal Science. Laura plans to complete her education at Cornell University in Dairy Science. Laura has been very active in the New York Junior Holstein Association, her college dairy club and Sigma Alpha. Ms. Littrell placed in the top ten at three major national dairy cattle judging contest and was a member of the high team at Harrisburg, Louisville, and Madison. Ms. Littrell is planning on following her life-long passion with a career in dairy cattle genetics.
Lancaster Sophomore Scholarships
These scholarships are designed to encourage qualified sophomore status undergraduate students to pursue careers in the dairy industry or related occupations. This scholarship is named in honor of National Dairy Hall of Fame Distinguished Dairy Cattle Breeder and Klussendorf honoree Mike Lancaster.
Nicholas Seitzer of St. Peter, Minnesota has been awarded the top scholarship of $1500. Nicholas is a student at the University of Minnesota majoring in Animal Science and Agricultural Food & Business Management. Mr. Seitzer has been active in the Gopher Dairy Club, NAMA, and currently serves as the Delta Theta Sigma Chapter President. He has been active in 4-H, FFA and is an Eagle Scout award winner. Nicholas’ plans for the future include possibly attending graduate school or securing a position in production agriculture.
Additionally, three other sophomore students have been awarded $1000 scholarships. They are,
Sarah Lehner of Delaware, Ohio who is a student at the Ohio State University double majoring in Animal Science and Agribusiness & Applied Economics. Sarah is a National Brown Swiss Ambassador, serves as the Buckeye Dairy Club treasurer, and a member of the Crops & Soils Club. In 2019 Sarah was a member of the first-place team at the National Intercollegiate Dairy Cattle Judging contest. With a passion for dairy genetics and business Sarah hopes to have a career with a genetics company as a dairy business analyst or manager
Matthias Annexstad of St Peter, Minnesota who is majoring in Animal Science at the University of Minnesota. Matthias is an active member of the Gopher Dairy Club serving as co-chair of Gopher Dairy Camp, he is Treasurer of NAMA, and currently President of Delta Theta Sigma. He has competed in dairy judging becoming the high individual and member of the high team at the NAILE contest in Louisville, KY. Matthias plans after graduation include obtaining a position in the dairy industry serving dairy producers with the ultimate goal of returning to the home farm to continue this multi-generational operation.
These $1000 scholarships are given in honor of Maurice Core, the long-time Executive Secretary of the American Jersey Cattle Association, and former Executive Director of the National Dairy Shrine. The funds for this award were donated by the friends of Maurice Core. The Core Scholarships are given to freshman status students working toward a degree in dairy/animal science or related majors and demonstrating growing leadership skills.
Receiving Maurice Core $1000 Scholarships are:
Mikara Anderson of Three Springs, Pennsylvania who is a student at Penn State University majoring in Animal Science with a Business Option. Mikara was named the 2019 Pennsylvania FFA Star Farmer, 2019 Pennsylvania Fair Queen, and has been active in Huntington County 4-H, FFA, and County Fair organizations. At college she is a member of the Dairy Club, Northeast SAD, and an active Junior Holstein Association member. Mikara plans on becoming an agricultural lawyer and work with the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture.
Kendra Waldenberger of Spring Grove, Minnesota, is majoring in Animal Science and Agricultural Communications & Marketing at the University of Minnesota. Kendra did not grow up on a dairy but started her dairy career by leasing Brown Swiss calves to show. She quickly developed a passion for dairy and has been involved in Brown Swiss activities as well as Houston County Dairy Activities (serving as Houston County Dairy Princess). Kendra has had numerous leadership roles in youth organizations and loves being a mentor to younger members. Kendra has a goal of attending graduate school and becoming a dairy cattle geneticist.
Lokai Awarded McCullough Scholarship
Rachel Lokai of Urbana, Ohio has been selected as the recipient of the 2020 Marshall E. McCullough Scholarships given in memory of Marshall McCullough, the well-respected nutrition researcher and educator from Georgia. This scholarship is presented to a college freshman attending a four-year college or university majoring in an agricultural communications or journalism.
Rachel will be receiving a $1,000 scholarship for tuition at the Ohio State University, where she is majoring in Animal Science with an emphasis on communication and marketing. She has been active in dairy cattle judging for over 10 years with high individual and team success. Rachel has also been very involved in FFA, being a chapter officer, attending both state and national FFA conventions and competing in CDE state and national competitions. Rachel states that “Agricultural communicators are important because they provide essential information to consumers and producers.” Rachel is an excellent student seeking a future role in dairy related mass communications as Dr McCullough desired.
NDS / DMI Awards Education & Communication Scholarships
These generous scholarships made possible by Dairy Management Inc. and NDS to encourage students to pursue education or communication careers in the dairy product industry or related food industries. Major areas include Marketing, Education, Food Science, Nutrition (Human), Public Relations, Promotion, Social Media, and Communications.
Nicole Guise of Spring Grove, Pennsylvania has been awarded the NDS / DMI Education & Communication top scholarship of $1500. Nicole is an Agricultural & Extension Education major at Penn State University. Nicole has been active in the Penn State Dairy Club, Collegiate Farm Bureau, and the Pennsylvania Junior Holstein Association. Nicole is a Penn State Schreyer Honors Scholar, a member of the Coaly Honors Society, Gamma Sigma Delta and Alpha Tau Alpha. Nicole plans on becoming a dairy educator. She wants to take the positive experiences and mentor relationships she had and pass on those attributes to future generations.
Additionally, three other undergraduate students have been awarded $1000 scholarships. They are,
Sarah Thomas of Pittsboro, North Carolina who is attending Virginia Tech majoring in Dairy Science. Sarah is very active in campus organizations at Virginia Tech, being Vice President of the Dairy Science Club, President of Sigma Alpha and a College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Ambassador. In 2018, Sarah was the High Individual at the PA. All American Judging contest and was named an All-American awardee at the National Intercollegiate Judging Contest. In 2019 Sarah served as the Hoard’s Dairyman summer intern and this year sha has an internship with Cargill. In the future, Sarah would like to be a communications specialist for a dairy company or working specifically with dairy youth.
Kathryn Gardner of Fayetteville, Arkansas, who is attending the University of Arkansas double majoring in Agricultural Communications and Agribusiness Marketing. Kathryn has served as an Associated Student Government Senator for 2 terms, is active in the Razorback Foundation and Leadership Academy, Arkansas FFA, and the Agricultural Communicators of Tomorrow. Kathryn is a member of the National 4-H conference Leadership team and was selected as one of 20 nation-wide students to attend a Public Policy and International Affairs Workshop at Georgetown. She had internships with the USDA Pathfinders Program and an internship with the White House Communications Office. Ms. Gardner’s career goals are to obtain an advanced degree in Strategic Communications and connecting public relations, policy, and legislative affairs while continuing to be an advocate for agriculture.
Robert Marchy of Ceres, California, who is attending Oklahoma State University majoring in Agricultural Communications. Robert has served as the Student Government Association as a Senator and a committee Vice Chair and currently serves as Vice President of Alpha Gamma Rho Fraternity. He has also been active in Collegiate Farm Bureau, Junior Brown Swiss Association, and the Junior Holstein Association. He proudly served as the California State FFA Sentinel in 2018. Mr. Marchy would like to become a marketing director for an agricultural company.
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NDS / DMI Awards Milk & Dairy Product Scholarships
These generous scholarships made possible by Dairy Management Inc. and NDS to encourage students to pursue careers in dairy product or milk marketing, dairy product development and/or quality control or similar roles in the dairy & food industries.
Jessica Schmitt of Fort Atkinson, Iowa has been awarded the top scholarship of $1500.
Jessica is a student at Iowa State University majoring in Dairy Science & Agricultural Communications. She was named the Iowa Dairy Princess for 2019. At college she serves as a CALS Ambassador Secretary, a member of the Agriculture Communicators of Tomorrow, ISU Dairy Club Executive Team member & Committee Chair, a member of Sigma Alpha, and the CALS Council Committee Chair. After graduation Ms. Schmitt would like to work for a regional or national dairy check-off program to increase awareness of the positives of the dairy industry.
Additionally, three other undergraduate students have been awarded $1000 scholarships. They are,
Katherine Gathje from Richmond, Minnesota, who is attending the University of Minnesota and is majoring in Agricultural Communication & Marketing. Ms. Gathje has served as president of the Minnesota Junior Holstein Association, as President of the Gopher Dairy Club, a Princess Kay of the Milky Way finalist, a leader in Meeker County 4-H and has earned an American FFA degree. Ms. Gathje is also active in the Beta of Clovia Sorority. Katherine plans on using her speaking and dairy advocate experiences from an internship with Midwest Dairy to enter a career with a dairy cooperative or check-off organization.
Cayley Vande Berg of Eldorado, Wisconsin, who is attending the University of Wisconsin-River Falls majoring in Dairy Science. Cayley is currently serving as the 2020 Wisconsin Fairest of the Fairs. On campus she has been active in the UW-River Falls Dairy Club, Collegiate Farm Bureau, Alpha Zeta, Agriculture Future of America, and the PDPW Mentor Program. During an internship with Foremost Farms USA working with the National Dairy FARM program, Cayley found her passion for a future career working for dairy farmers at a cooperative or other member organization.
Brianna McBride of Severance, Colorado who is attending Iowa State University majoring in Dairy Science and Food Science. Brianna has served as the Colorado State FFA Treasurer and successfully competed in state and national FFA competitions. Also being a leader in 4-H as well as a member of the National Junior associations for the Holstein and Milking Shorthorn breeds. AT ISU she is a CALS Ambassador and a member of the Youth Organization Committee. After helping at the Iowa Youth Dairy Coalition, she developed a passion for educating and promoting dairy to the public. In the future Brianna would like to operate her own dairy with an on-site café and dairy bar featuring products from her herd.
Merton Sowerby Junior Scholarships
These scholarships are designed to encourage qualified Junior status undergraduate students to pursue careers in the dairy industry or related occupations. This scholarship is named in honor of National Dairy Hall of Fame Pioneer and Klussendorf honoree Merton Sowerby.
Kathryn Bosley of Malone, New York, has been awarded the top scholarship of $1500. Kathryn is majoring in Animal Science at SUNY Cobleskill. Ms. Bosley has been very active in the College Dairy Club, Sigma Alpha, Tri-Beta Biological Honors Society and a Student Ambassador. Kathryn placed 16th at the National 4-H Judging contest and 21st at the International Post-Secondary Judging Contest. Ms. Bosley also has a strong passion for the Jersey breed. This year she is serving as a teaching assistant for a genetics course which is a start on her plans for the future of obtaining a Masters’ and PhD in Dairy Science with a career in genetics or dairy health research.
Additionally, four other undergraduate students have been awarded $1000 scholarships. They are,
Sydney Jewell from Spencer, New York a major in Animal Science at Penn State University. At Penn State Ms. Jewell is President of the Penn State Dairy Science Club and Co-Chair of the Holiday Cheese Box Sale Committee. She serves as a Penn State AG Advocate Ambassador for the college. Sydney belongs to the Gamma Sigma Delta Honors Society. With a great interest in science Ms. Jewell has had an internship with Cornell Cooperative Extension, done a research project on Holstein lineages and fertility, and this summer will intern with CDCB and USDA AGIL. Ms. Jewell plans a career as a professor and researcher in dairy genetics
Brock Irwin of Belvidere, Illinois, who is attending the University of Wisconsin-River Falls majoring in Dairy Science. Brock has served as the Illinois PAS state president, Kaskaskia College Ag Club President as well as being active in the UWRF dairy club, UWRF Collegiate Farm Bureau and the UWRF Collegiate Dairy Judging Team. Mr. Irwin has also been involved in dairy bowl, and junior dairy breed activities. Brock is planning on a career as a dairy herd management consultant and will always continue his passion for educating consumers on the benefits of dairy products and the humane treatment of dairy animals
Todd Allen of Jefferson, Maryland, who is attending Virginia Tech majoring in Dairy Science. Todd is serving as the Dairy Club Treasurer, is part of the Virginia Tech College Mentoring Program, and a member of Alpha Zeta. Todd has been successful in dairy judging and dairy bowl. Todd has received recognition from the Maryland Junior Holstein Association as well as the National Holstein Association, being a Distinguished Junior Semifinalist. Participating in Dairy Challenge provided a new interest in Todd combing data analysis and managing a dairy herd. This summer he will be interning with Lely working on automated milk processing technology. In the future Todd plans on becoming a precision dairy analytics analyst.
Lindsey Sarbacker of Edgerton, Wisconsin who is attending the University of Wisconsin-Madison double majoring in Dairy Science and Life Sciences Communication. Lindsey is President of the National Agri-Marketing Association on campus, an officer in the Association of Women in Agriculture, active in Collegiate Farm Bureau & Badger Dairy Club and is a co-host of Ag Chat Radio. Her summer internship this year is with the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture as a Food Export Intern. With Lindsey’s passion for public speaking and marketing she plans a future in the Agri-Marketing industry.
Senior Student Recognition Scholarships
This award recognizes graduating seniors planning a career related to the dairy industry who have demonstrated outstanding leadership, academic ability, and a sincere interest in dairy cattle. Every university can nominate up to two candidates for this recognition in any given year. The highest recipient receives a $2000 award, the second a $1500 award and the other recipients receive $1000 awards.
The top scholarship recipient of $2000 is Emily Annexstad of St Peter, Minnesota. Emily double majored in Animal Science and Agricultural Communication & Marketing at the University of Minnesota. Emily was President of the campus National Agri-Marketing Association, serves as a Midwest Dairy Ambassador, was vice president of the Beta of Clovia Sorority and is active in the Gopher Dairy Club currently serving as President. Ms. Annexstad had also served as the 64th Princess Kay of the Milky Way. Emily plans on a career in dairy communications or marketing championing the positives of the dairy industry.
The second award of $1500 goes to Sanne de Bruijn of Vicksburg, Michigan who attended South Dakota State University double majoring in Dairy Production and Dairy Manufacturing. Sanne was a student ambassador for the Ag College at SDSU, Head Mentor of the freshman dairy seminar class, on the SDSU Student Council and Vice President of the SDSU Dairy Club. She has worked with the Midwest Dairy Association, attended Agriculture Future of America Conferences and is a member of the SDSU Dairy Products Evaluation team. Sanne’s future involves moving to France for a 2-year apprenticeship and Masters’ Program for Lactalis. Upon completion she will relocate to the Lactalis cheese facility in Buffalo, New York.
Additionally, five other students have been awarded $1000 scholarships. They are Shoshana Brody from Baltimore, Maryland a major in Animal Science at Penn State University. At Penn State Ms. Brody was President of the Penn State Dairy Science Club, Vice President of the Penn State Coaly Society, and Vice President of the Penn State Reproduction Research Team. She is a member of Gamma Sigma Delta and a Schreyer Honors Scholar. With a great interest in science and biology Ms. Brody will be attending the University of California Davis School of Veterinary Medicine.
The next $1000 recipient is Summer Henschel of Plymouth, Wisconsin. Summer is a student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison majoring in Dairy Science with a Pre-Vet Emphasis. Ms. Henschel has been secretary of the Badger Dairy Club, Collegiate Farm Bureau President, and House Manager of the Association of Women in Agriculture on campus. Summer has also been active in Holstein and Brown Swiss breed activities. Summer is preparing for her future as a large animal veterinarian by attending the University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine.
Another $1000 recipient is Bailey Larson of Alma Center, Wisconsin. Bailey majored in Dairy Science at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. On campus she served as Vice President of the Dairy Club and has been active in the Block & Bridle club, Collegiate Farm Bureau, and the Midwest Student Affiliate organization. Bailey is still very involved in Jackson County Dairy activities and manages their Facebook page. With a strong interest in dairy nutrition and after a fulfilling summer internship, Bailey will be starting her career as a dairy nutrition consultant with Purina Animal Nutrition.
The next $1000 recipient is Jack Myers of Fowler, Michigan. Jack majored in Dairy Science with a Food Science minor at Iowa State University. He served for two terms as the National President of the ADSA Student Affiliate Division and as an ISU CALS senator. Jack has been very active in the ISU Dairy Products Evaluation club serving as President and is completing a book chronicling the history of dairy at Iowa State. Jack was named the outstanding senior for the ISU dairy club and is a member of Alpha Zeta. Jack plans on continuing his education in the dairy product field with the goal of becoming an educator.
The final senior recognition honoree is Kelly MacRae from Grove City, Pennsylvania who was a major in Animal Science at Penn State University. Kelly has been involved in dairy cattle judging, Dairy Challenge, and the Northeast Student Affiliate of ADSA. She served as the Vice President of the Penn State Dairy Club and was the Student Coordinator of the Pennsylvania Junior Dairy Show. After programs with ADM and URUS Kelly plans on starting her career in Western Pennsylvania in dairy sales with the intent to become an on-farm dairy profitability consultant.
For more information about the students being recognized by National Dairy Shrine or details about a future NDS Awards Banquet, contact the NDS office at [email protected]. Additional information on National Dairy Shrine membership or other activities is also available at www.dairyshrine.org. Dairy enthusiasts are encouraged to become a part of the most important dairy organization helping to inspire future dairy leaders, honor current or past dairy leaders and preserve dairy industry history.