FarmFirst Dairy Cooperative recently awarded more than $23,000 in scholarships to 28 high school and collegiate students pursuing postsecondary education.
This scholarship program is just one way that FarmFirst Dairy Cooperative showcases its commitment and dedication to supporting future generations of agriculture, in addition to its many other youth opportunities.
“The skills that many of these individuals have learned from their experiences of helping on their family’s farm is just one of the many reasons why they have succeeded in the classroom, and will continue as they pursue higher education,” says David Cooper, general manager of FarmFirst Dairy Cooperative. “We are proud to be able to make so many scholarships available to so many deserving individuals on an annual basis. Especially when the dairy markets can be so challenging, we know that this financial support is well appreciated.”
There are 17 scholarship winners from Wisconsin. They include:
• Maria Biese, daughter of Keith and Rose Biese from Kiel, will be a freshman in the fall at Lakeshore Technical College.
• Nate Condon, son of Kevin and Ann Condon from Oshkosh, will be junior in the fall at University of Wisconsin-Green Bay.
• Roseanne Crave, daughter of George and Debbie Crave from Waterloo, will be a freshman in the fall at UW-Whitewater.
• Claire Dempsey, daughter of Shannon and Wendy Dempsey from Eagle, will be a sophomore in the fall at UW-Madison Farm & Industry Short Course.
• Brittany Fink, daughter of John and Vicky Fink from Mayville, will be a freshman in the fall at UW-Platteville.
• Kassy Hoewisch, daughter of Kevin and Candith Hoewisch from Fremont, will be a freshman in the fall at UW-Whitewater.
• Beau Hoffman, son of Gary and Jennifer Hoffman from Gresham, will be a freshman in the fall at UW-Stevens Point.
• Brian Jones, son of Steve and Sherry Jones from Green Lake, will be a freshman in the fall at Fox Valley Technical College.
• Kim Keller, daughter of Tim and Sandy Keller from Mount Horeb, will be a freshman in the fall at Iowa State University.
• Katherine Ann Kindschuh, daughter of David Kindschuh from Brownsville, will be a sophomore in the fall at UW-Fond du Lac.
• Alex Lewandowski, son of Bill and Sandy Lewandowski from Hatley, will be a freshman in the fall at Northcentral Technical College.
• Rob Martin, son of Mike and Jolene Martin from Mineral Point, will be a senior in the fall at UW-Platteville.
• Kristyn Nigon, daughter of Martin and Kathleen Nigon from Greenwood will be a freshman in the fall at UW-River Falls.
• Ashley Oberreich, daughter of David and Kelly Oberreich from Plymouth, will be a freshman in the fall at UW-River Falls.
• Andrew Seefeldt, son of Mark and Vicky Seefeldt from Spencer, will be a freshman in the fall at UW-River Falls.
• Sara Szep, daughter of Richard and Karen Szep from Omro, will be a freshman in the fall at Fox Valley Technical College.
• Nathan Utecht, son of John and Patricia Utecht from Marathon, will be a freshman in the fall at UW-River Falls.
• Marlena Wagner, daughter of Troy and Marla Wagner from Coleman, will be a senior in the fall at California Polytechnic State University.
• Kristen Woldt, daughter of Daryl and Amy Woldt from Brillion, will be a sophomore in the fall at UW-Stevens Point.
Scholarship recipients were selected based on leadership, scholastic achievement, extracurricular activities, essay responses and their future plans and career goals. All members of FarmFirst Dairy Cooperative and their children attending four-year universities, two-year technical programs or short courses and high school seniors planning for postsecondary education were eligible to apply for the scholarships.