Danielle Brown of Dodgeville has won the first-ever Maurice Core Scholarship to be awarded at World Dairy Expo by National Dairy Shrine. The $1,000 award is given in honor of Maurice Core, the long-time executive secretary of the American Jersey Cattle Association, and, more recently, the executive director of the National Dairy Shrine. The Core Scholarship is given to a freshman status student working toward a degree in dairy or animal science.
Brown is an outstanding student having maintained a 4.0 grade point average in high school and now a 3.7 GPA as a student at the University of Wisconsin. This Holstein and Jersey enthusiast maintains a great balance of academics and leadership having served as president of her FFA chapter, 4-H club, and county junior Holstein club. She has developed a keen eye for cattle, earning high individual honors at the 2008 Wisconsin State 4-H Dairy Cattle Judging Contest. Later that fall, she took high honors at the North American International Livestock Exposition in Louisville, Ky. Brown has twice won Wisconsin Holstein's Dairy Jeopardy contest and went on to win the national contest in 2004. In college, Brown was named the Badger Dairy Club's Outstanding Freshman and will serve as the club's next co-yearbook editor. She also serves as secretary of the college's National Agri-Marketing Association chapter.
The Dodgeville native has won numerous awards, including 4-H's highest award, the 4-H Key Award. She also received her State FFA degree last year. Most recently, the Dodgeville, Wis., native earned the designation of Distinguished Junior Member Finalist, the highest award given to a National Junior Holstein Member. Over the years, Brown has shown eight Junior or Reserve Junior All-Wisconsin Jerseys. Additionally, one of her Holsteins received a Junior All-American nomination.
She will receive the award during an awards program held at World Dairy Expo in Madison, Wis.