"We believe the future of agriculture is bright, and these deserving students exemplify the heart and work ethic of our agriculture community," said Diane Cole, CEO of Badgerland Financial. "Our annual scholarship program is one of the many ways we provide support and opportunities for budding agriculturists."
Badgerland Financial awarded 20, $1,000 scholarships to graduating high school seniors who will be pursuing their interest and studies in an agriculture related field at a short course, technical/trade school or university this fall.
Students were also asked to write an essay on the Cooperative Difference, elaborating on the role of the cooperative business model in today's agriculture industry, why it's important and how it can continue to benefit famer member-owners.
Applications were evaluated based on academic, agricultural, extracurricular and community activities and achievements.
And the winners are...
Following is a list of this year's scholarship recipients:
Ann Denk, daughter of Mark and Tammy Denk from Mondovi. Following graduation from Mondovi High School, Denk will study agribusiness at North Dakota State University.
Katie Engevold, daughter of Mark and Patty Engevold from Osseo, is a recent graduate of Whitehall Memorial High School. Engevold plans to study agribusiness at the University of Wisconsin – Platteville.
John Fortin, son of David and Christine Fortin from Darlington. Fortin intends on studying animal science and agronomy at Iowa State University and is a recent graduate of Darlington High School.
Aaron Frisk, son of Robert and Koreen Frisk from New Lisbon. Following graduation from New Lisbon High School Frisk is set to attend the University of Wisconsin – Madison Farm and Industry Short Course where he will study dairy herd management.
Charles Hamilton, son of John and Evelyn Hamilton from Cuba City, is a recent graduate of Cuba City High School. Hamilton will study dairy science at the University of Wisconsin – Madison.
Kyle Herbrand, son of Brad and Kari Herbrand from Dane. Herbrand is pursuing an education at the University of Wisconsin – Platteville in animal science following graduation from Sauk Prairie High School.
Reuben Herschleb, son of Rick and Mary Herschleb from DeForest, is a recent graduate of DeForest High School. Herschleb plans on studying soil and crop science at the University of Wisconsin – Platteville.
Rachel Leege, daughter of Robert and Lisa Leege from Prairie du Sac. Following graduation from Sauk Prairie High School, Leege will be attending the University of Wisconsin – Platteville to study soil and crop science.
Stacie Luxton, daughter of Tom and Kay Luxton from Hill Point, is a recent graduate of Weston High School. Luxton's education will continue at the University of Wisconsin – Richland to pursue a degree in animal science and pre-vet.
Tyler Meinnert, son of Ron and Carol Meinnert from Sheboygan Falls. Meinnert recently graduated from Sheboygan County Christian High School and will continue his education at the University of Wisconsin – Madison to study dairy science.
Alyssa Nuttleman, daughter of Steve and Debbie Nuttleman from Bangor. Nuttleman will be attending the University of Wisconsin – Madison following her graduation from Bangor High School.
Elizabeth Sarbacker, daughter of Tom and Vicki Sarbacker from Verona. Sarbacker graduated from Verona High School and is headed to the University of Wisconsin – Madison to study Dairy Science.
Courtney Schmidt, daughter of Randy and Rachel Schmidt from Lone Rock. Following graduation from Richland Center High School, Schmidt will be attending the University of Wisconsin – Madison to study biochemistry.
Anthony Schmitz, son of David and Mary Schmitz from Fond du Lac. He will be attending the University of Wisconsin – Madison to study dairy science following graduation from St. Mary's Springs Academy.
Jordan Siemers, son of Dan and Janina Siemers from Newton. Following his graduation from Howards Grove High School, Siemers will attend Cornell University to pursue dairy science.
Austin Wenck, son of Max and Linda Wenck from East Troy, is a recent graduate of Waterford Union High School. Wenck plans on attending the University of Wisconsin – Madison to pursue degrees in Animal Science and agricultural business management.
Geena Whalen, daughter of Kevin and Marilyn Whalen from Arcadia. Whalen has graduated from Arcadia High School and will continue her education at Iowa State University in food science.
Elizabeth Widder, daughter of Steve and Heidi Widder from Sheboygan Falls. Following her education from Sheboygan Falls High School, Widder plans on attending Iowa State University to study agronomy.
Nichole Wilson, daughter of Michael and Lynn Wilson from Janesville, is a recent graduate of Joseph A. Craig High School. Wilson plans to continue her education at Iowa State University in animal science.Ronna Woock, daughter of Randy and Rose Woock from Burnette. She will be attending the University of Wisconsin – River Falls after graduating from Waupun High School.
Source: Badgerland Financial