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Wisconsin students win NDS scholarships

Winners will be honored in Madison on Oct. 6

June 13, 2016

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The National Dairy Shrine has announced the winners of their 2016 dairy scholarships. National Dairy Shrine will provide more than $45,000 of scholarships to students at their annual awards banquet on Oct. 6 in Madison. Wisconsin college students receiving scholarships are listed below.

And the winners are…

Bethany Dado of Amery will receive a $3,000 Kildee Graduate Studies Scholarship. Dado graduated from University of Wisconsin-Madison in May. She has plans to get a Master's Degree in lactation physiology from the University of Florida, earn a PhD and become a university professor.


The NDS student recognition program recognizes graduating seniors planning a career related to the dairy industry who have demonstrated outstanding leadership skills, academic ability, and a sincere interest in dairy cattle. Each university is allowed to nominate up to two candidates for this recognition in any given year. The highest winner receives a $2,000 award, the second a $1,500 award and the other winners receive $1,000 awards.

Dado will receive a $1,500 award. She double majored in dairy science and genetics at UW-Madison. Cody Getschel from Osceola, who majored in dairy science at UW-Madison, will receive a $1,000 scholarship. 

Sydney Endres, of Lodi will be awarded the NDS/DMI Milk & Dairy Products top scholarship of $1,500. Endres is double majoring in dairy science and life sciences communication at UW-Wisconsin-Madison. Additionally, Ethan Dado, of Amery  who is double-majoring in agricultural education and animal science at the University of Minnesota, will receive a $1,000 NDS/DMI scholarship.

Crystal Siemers Peterman of Cleveland, who is attending the University of Minnesota and majoring in agricultural and food business management, will receive one of four $1,000 Dairy Management Inc. and NDS scholarships to encourage students to pursue education or communication careers in the dairy product industry or related food industries.

The National Dairy Shrine Junior Merit Scholarship encourages qualified undergraduate students to pursue careers in the dairy industry or related occupations.  Elizabeth Endres of Waunakee, who is attending the UW-Madison and majoring in dairy science, received one of four $1,000 NDS Junior Merit Scholarships.

The National Dairy Shrine Sophomore Merit Scholarship is to encourage qualified undergraduate students to pursue careers in the dairy industry or related occupations.  Jordan Siemers of Elkhart Lake, who is majoring in animal science with a concentration in dairy management at Cornell University and Charles Hamilton of Cuba City who is majoring in dairy science at UW-Madison, each will receive $1,000 scholarships.

Four $1,000 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.

Receiving a Maurice Core Scholarship is Trent Dado of Amery who is a student at the University of Minnesota.

The Iager Scholarship for $1,000 is awarded annually to students in a two-year agricultural school pursuing a career in the dairy industry. It is based on academic standing, leadership ability, interest in the dairy industry and plans for the future. This scholarship was started with a generous donation from the Charles and Judy Iager family of Fulton, Md. The recipient this year is Lindsey Rettenmund of Black Earth who is attending UW-Madison Farm and Industry Short Course.

The annual National Dairy Shrine Awards Banquet will be held in Madison on Oct. 6. For more information about the students being recognized by National Dairy Shrine or tickets for the 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.

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