Two young adults are getting help from Edge Dairy Farmer Cooperative to follow their dreams in agriculture. Edge has awarded $1,000 education scholarships to Hailey Gaedtke and Jordan Pasanen.
Gaedtke grew up on her family’s farm, Rolling Hills Dairy in Luxemburg, Wis. She will be attending the University of Wisconsin-River Falls, where she plans to major in agricultural business management. She has led both her 4-H club and FFA chapter as president while also playing volleyball, basketball and softball. She is a member of the National Honor Society and has volunteered at her county’s local youth dairy boot camp and vacation Bible school.
Pasanen recently graduated from Winter High School in Winter, Wis., and is planning to attend Fox Valley Technical College in Grand Chute, Wis., to study agribusiness, science and technology. He is a member of the National Honor Society and played basketball and baseball. Pasanen has worked for many years on his family’s dairy farm, Pasanen Farms in Exeland. At FVTC, he plans to learn about all aspects of farming, from finance to reproduction and nutrition, so he can come home and follow his dream of running his family’s dairy.
This is the seventh year Edge has offered scholarships to help finance higher education for children of its members. Tim Trotter, Edge’s executive director, says the co-op plans to continue the program for exceptional dairy-minded students in the years to come.
Students competing for the scholarships were judged on academic achievement, leadership, participation in school and community activities, academic honors, goals and aspirations, recommendations, and work experience.