The Wisconsin Holstein Association will award scholarships to 18 deserving youth members. These scholarships are given to members who are or will be attending two- or four-year universities and pursuing a degree in an agriculture-related field. The members will receive the award at the 2020 Wisconsin Holstein Association Junior Convention.
Kaianne Hodorff of Eden will receive the $1,000 John Selz Memorial Scholarship. This scholarship was established in honor of John Selz of Humbird. Selz managed his family farm, Selz Farm, which was in his family for more than 125 years. He was an active Wisconsin and National Holstein Association member in various capacities for numerous years. Hodorff is the daughter of Tommy and Corey Hodorff. She graduated from Campbellsport High School and plans to pursue a degree in dairy science.
Geneva Nunes of Chippewa Falls is the recipient of 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, and Arden’s brother, Maldwyn, and his wife, Inez, owned and operated Arwyn Farms in Waukesha County for more than 40 years. Nunes is the daughter of Matt and Mandy Nunes. She is majoring in animal science and agricultural communications and marketing at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. She looks forward to continuing to breed and develop her herd of registered Holsteins.
Kylie Nickels of Watertown is the recipient of the $1,000 Marlowe Nelson Memorial Scholarship. This scholarship is given in memory of Nelson, whose passion was to teach and mentor young enthusiastic breeders to become more involved in the registered Holstein business. Through his lifetime, Nelson paved the way in many aspects of the registered Holstein breed and its impact on the United States, Japan, Germany and Holland. Nickels is the daughter of Thomas and Penni Nickels. She graduated from Watertown Public High School and will attend the University of Wisconsin-Madison this fall to pursue a degree in dairy science.
Receiving the $1,000 John Klossner Memorial Scholarship is Benjamin Buske of Mayville. This scholarship honors Klossner, who was a member of the Green County Junior Holstein Association and served on the Wisconsin Junior Holstein Junior Activities Committee. The scholarship was established by Klossner’s parents, Richard and Roxanne Klossner, to be given to a student who is considered a role model to other junior members. Buske, the son of John and Cheryl Buske, is majoring in dairy science at UW-Madison. Following graduation, he wants to work with a bull stud working with producers to make breeding strategies.
Collin Wille of Rice Lake will receive the $1,000 Gordon Berg Memorial Scholarship. Berg was a longtime Wisconsin Holstein member and Holstein breeder from Brownsville. This scholarship is awarded to a student enrolled in a technical college, two-year or short course agricultural program. Wille is the son of Jeff and Debbie Wille, and attends Northeast Iowa Community College. After graduation he plans to return home to the farm.
Jared Baudhuin of Brussels is the recipient of 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 his heifers. Baudhuin is the son of Noel and Christina Baudhain. He is majoring in dairy science at UW-Madison. After graduation he plans on having a management position on his uncle’s farm.
Claire Olson of Sturgeon Bay is the recipient of the $1,000 Maurice and Geraldine Cooper Memorial Scholarship. This scholarship is given in memory of the Coopers, lifelong registered Holstein breeders from Moss Oak Farm. Love of family, Holsteins, service to the community and support of youth activities were paramount in their lives. Olson, the daughter of Richard and Shelly Olson, attends UW-River Falls. She plans to pursue a future in agriculture, promoting the industry and educating the public.
Eleven other outstanding youth will receive scholarships from the Wisconsin Holstein Association: Colin Uecker, Watertown; Josh Gerbitz, Milton; Nathan Daniels, Cobb; Jared Vander Weele, Waldo; Ariel Graveen, Merrill; Carly Strauss, Lake Mills; Morgyn Haumschild, Milladore; Levi Kindschi, Loganville; Korlen Dittrich, Alma; Sarah Henschel, Elkhart Lake; and Megan Breuch, Stoughton.