The Wisconsin Holstein Association is proud to award nearly $14,000 in scholarships to 15 youth. Scholarships will be awarded to members studying in agriculture or related fields at a two- or four-year university. These outstanding members will receive their scholarships at the 2018 Wisconsin Junior Holstein Convention, to be held in Stevens Point in January.
Amanda Gehrke of Arpin will receive the $1,000 Gordon Berg Memorial Scholarship. Berg was a longtime Wisconsin Holstein member and breeder from Brownsville. This scholarship is given to a student enrolled in a technical college, two-year or short course agriculture program. Gehrke is the 18-year-old daughter of Gary Gerhke and Kerry Peterson. She has attended one year of Farm and Industry Short Course at University of Wisconsin-Madison and plans to return this fall to continue her education. Gerhke’s goal is to continue growing her herd of registered Holsteins and to someday own an art studio where she sells her dairy-related artwork.
Meikah Dado of Amery will receive the $1,000 Doris Morris Memorial Scholarship. This scholarship is in honor of Morris, who was a longtime Wisconsin Holstein member. She and her husband, Arden, along with Arden’s brother Maldwyn and his wife, Inez, owned and operated Arwyn Farms in Waukesha County for over 40 years. Dado is the 18-year-old daughter of Rick and Gwen Dado. She is a freshman at UW-Madison studying life sciences communications and dairy science. Upon graduation, Dado hopes to be an advocate for the dairy industry with either a dairy company or a state dairy promotions organization.
Kalista Hodorff of Eden will receive the $1,000 Bradley Fust Memorial Scholarship. This scholarship is given in memory of Fust, who was an enthusiastic member of the Junior Holstein Association from Wausau. The scholarship was established by his parents, Brian and Wendy Fust, with the sale of one of Fust’s heifers. Hodorff is the 17-year-old daughter of Corey and Tammy Hodorff. She is a senior at Campbellsport High School with plans to attend UW-Madison in the fall and major in dairy science.
Hannah Nelson of Ellsworth will receive the $1,000 John Klossner Memorial Scholarship. This scholarship honors Klossner, an active member of the Green County Junior Holstein Association and the Wisconsin Junior Holstein Junior Activities Committee. This scholarship was established by his parents, Richard and Roxanne Klossner, and is given to a student furthering his or her education at a four-year university. Nelson is the 17-year-old daughter of Marc Nelson and Tracy Mitchell. She is a senior at Ellsworth High School with plans to study agricultural business and marketing, and dairy science at UW-River Falls.
Paige Nelson of Ellsworth will receive the $1,000 John Selz Memorial Scholarship. This scholarship fund was established in honor of John Selz of Humbird, an active Wisconsin and National Holstein Association member in various capacities for numerous years. Nelson is the 19-year-old daughter of Marc Nelson and Tracy Mitchell and is a freshman at UW-River Falls, where she is studying agricultural business and dairy science. She hopes to work as a pharmaceutical sales representative within the dairy industry after graduation.
Courtney Moser of Westby will receive the $1,000 Marlowe Nelson Memorial Scholarship. The scholarship is given in honor of Marlowe Nelson, whose passion was to teach and mentor young enthusiastic breeders to become more involved in the Registered Holstein business. Throughout his lifetime, Nelson paved the way in many aspects of the Registered Holstein breed and its impact on the U.S., Japan, Germany and Holland dairy industries. Moser is the 18-year-old daughter of Cary and Joy Moser. She is a senior at Westby Area High School and plans to attend Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa, to study journalism and communications with a focus in agriculture.
Nine additional well-deserving Wisconsin Holstein Junior members will receive four-year or two-year scholarships: Summer Henschel of Chilton, Jenna Broege of Janesville, Mikayla Endres of Lodi, Lindsey Sarbacker of Edgerton, Mitchell Schroepfer of Birnamwood, Paige Hoesly of Whitewater, Paul Grulke of Mayville, Amber Dammen of Argyle and Logan Voigts of Platteville.
The National Distinguished Junior Member representatives also will be announced at the 2018 Junior Holstein Convention banquet in January, where they will receive a scholastic achievement scholarship for the 2017-18 year, as well. Receiving scholastic achievement scholarships during the 2016-17 year for being recognized as National Distinguished Junior Member representatives in 2017 are Logan Voigts of Platteville, Kristen Broege of Janesville, Austin Nauman of Sparta, Carley Krull of Lake Mills and Brooke Trustem of Evansville.
Source: Wisconsin Holstein Association