Every year Accelerated Genetics awards scholarships to youth both just entering and already enrolled in college in the agricultural field. Youth are the foundation of the future of the agricultural industry and Accelerated Genetics wants to ensure that the next generation is well prepared.
Four $500.00 scholarships are awarded to youth just graduating from high school and beginning college. The 2009 recipients are Mandy Brazil of Petaluma, Calif.; Lauren Holterman of Watertown, Wis.; Carrie Jo Leum of Viroqua, Wis.; and Mary Pat Speerstra of Whitehall, Wis.
Mandy Brazil plans to attain a Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture Communications with a minor in Dairy Science at the California Polytechnic State University. With Mandy's background and passion for agriculture she wants to exert a positive influence on the industry, continuing the American tradition of agriculture excellence for generations to come.
Lauren Holterman would like to utilize her creativity, desire for business, passion for farming and skills in communication to build on an on-farm Ice Cream business. She plans to attend either the University of Wisconsin-Madison to study Food Science or Cornell University to study Applied Economics Management while minoring in Spanish.
Carrie Jo Leum has the vision of working in the genetics aspect of the dairy industry.
Being raised with such a strong agricultural-based life, Carrie Jo wants to keep promoting and improving dairy cattle genetics and the dairy industry as a whole. She plans to attend the University of Wisconsin-River Falls where she will major in Dairy Science with a minor in Spanish.
Mary Pat Speerstra plans to attend the University of Wisconsin-River Falls and major in Dairy Science. Growing up on a farm got Mary Pat interested in dairy cattle genetics and the importance of genetic progress. She wants to ensure that genetic progress increases production and longevity in dairy cattle as this is essential to providing food to feed the growing world.
Two $1,000.00 scholarships are awarded to students currently enrolled in agricultural programs at college. Accelerated Genetics works with the National FFA organization to select these students and the 2009 recipients are Justin Belling of Lomira, Wis. and Michele Belling of Lomira, Wis.
Justin Belling is attending the University of Wisconsin-Platteville. He is majoring in Computer Systems in Agriculture. Michele Belling is majoring in Animal Science at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville.