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National Dairy Shrine Announces 2012 Scholarship Winners

National Dairy Shrine Announces 2012 Scholarship Winners
More than $40,000 in scholarships will be awarded Oct. 4 during World Dairy Expo in Madison.

The National Dairy Shrine announces the winners of their scholarships for 2012. The scholarships will be presented at the Awards Banquet at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison, Wisconsin on October 4th. National Dairy Shrine will provide more than $40,000 of scholarship awards to students at that event.

NDS Student Recognition Awards

National Dairy Shrine Announces 2012 Scholarship Winners

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.

The top awarded is Elizabeth Olson from Hutchison, Minn. She has been very active in many dairy related activities at University of Minnesota – Twin Cities and has held leadership roles in many college and industry organizations. The second award goes to Danielle Brown of Dodgeville, Wisconsin. She is a Dairy Science and Communications major at University of Wisconsin – Madison. She has competed extensively in dairy cattle judging and been very active in the Badger Dairy Club.

Next is Philip Bachman from Ulysses, Penn., who is an Animal Science & Business Management major at Penn State University. Following next is Daniel Durfee from Chittenango, NY, who is majoring in Animal Science at Cornell University. Next is Paul Lippert from Pittsville, Wis., who has a business major and dairy science minor at University of Wisconsin-River Falls. Following is Carissa Levash from Brillion, Wis., who has a major in dairy science with a business emphasis at University of Wisconsin-Madison. Next is Laura Gordon from Shreve, Ohio, who has a double major in animal science and agricultural systems management. Following next is Leah Henkes from Luana, Iowa, who is an agricultural education major at Iowa State University. Next is Emily Ullerich from Ames, Iowa. She is a dairy science major at Iowa State University. The final recognition awardee is Tera Koebel from Three Oaks, Mich. She is an agribusiness management major at Michigan State University.


Kildee Scholarship Awards

Receiving the Kildee Graduate Studies Scholarships are Abigail Wirt of Lewiston, Minn., and Laura Gordon of Shreve, Ohio. Abigail is attending University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine. She is an outstanding student and has held numerous leadership roles on the campus of South Dakota State University. She has plans to be a large animal veterinarian and a dairy community leader. Laura Gordon completed her degree in agricultural systems management and animal science at Ohio State University. She plans to continue her education at Oklahoma State University in a program of international agriculture with a focus on agricultural development. She aims to work internationally in third world countries on dairy development.

Casey Arlig of Friendship, N.Y., has been selected as the 2012 recipient of the Kildee undergraduate studies scholarship. She is currently attending Cornell University, majoring in agriculture science with an emphasis in dairy nutrition. Her goal is to be a leading dairy cattle nutritionist. 

NDS/DMI Milk Marketing Scholarships

Theresa Twohey, of Stewartville, Minn., has been awarded the 2012 National Dairy Shrine / DMI Milk Marketing $1,500 Scholarship. Additionally, seven other undergraduate students have been awarded $1,000 scholarships and are listed alphabetically. These generous scholarships are made possible by Dairy Management Inc. and NDS to encourage students to pursue careers in dairy product marketing.

Theresa Twohey is an agricultural education, leadership and communications major at the University of Minnesota. She also served as Gopher Dairy Club President and was a finalist for Princess Kay of the Milky Way. Jacob Achen, of Ambia, Ind., is an animal sciences major at University of Minnesota. Hannah Bachman from Ulysses, Penn., is an agribusiness management major at Penn State University. Erin Daninger from Forest Lake, Minn., is attending University of Minnesota as an agricultural education, leadership and communications major. April Johnson from Heron Lake, Minn., is pursuing an agricultural education and dairy production major at South Dakota State University. Stephanie Kasper from Owatonna, Minn., is attending the University of Minnesota as an agricultural education, leadership and communications major. Ashley Swenson from Nicollet, Minn., is attending the University of Minnesota as an animal science major. Abby Wethal from Brooklyn, Wis., is pursuing a life sciences communications major at the University of Wisconsin- Madison.

McCullough Scholarships

Each year, two scholarships are awarded by National Dairy Shrine in memory of Dr. Marshall E. McCullough, the well-respected nutrition researcher and educator from Georgia. Eligible students must be entering their freshmen year of college and plan to major in dairy/animal science or agricultural journalism with a dairy emphasis. National dairy Shrine is pleased to announce the 2011 McCullough Scholarship Winners – Mikayla Conrad of New Holland, Ohio, and Emily Selner of Denmark, Wis.


Mikayla Conrad will receive the $2,500 top scholarship to be used towards her continued education at either the Ohio State University or Wilmington College as an agricultural communications major.

Emily Selner will receive a $1,000 scholarship to be used towards her pursuit of a life sciences communication degree at the University of Wisconsin – Madison.

Maurice Core Scholarship

Michael Schmitt of Rice, Minnesota, has won the Maurice Core Scholarship. This $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 funds for this award were donated by the friends of Maurice Core. The Core Scholarship is given to a freshman status student working toward a degree in dairy or animal science.

Schmitt is an outstanding student, has shown very strong leadership abilities and has been involved in FFA, 4-H, and the Minnesota junior Holstein Association. He is a student at the University of Minnesota.

Iager Scholarship

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.

We have two recipients this year. Benjamin Julka of Rosendale, Wis., is attending Fox Valley Technical College and majoring in farm operations. Emily Jackson of Waco, Texas, is attending Butler Community College and majoring in agriculture. Both are outstanding students with definite plans for a future in the dairy industry.


Klussendorf & McKown Scholarship Winners

Tyler Boyd of Parrottsville, Tenn., Jacob Achen of Ambia, Ind., Jessica Hammerand from Epworth, Iowa, and Corbin Wood of Littlestown, Penn., have been named the 2012 Klussendorf Association Scholarship Award winners. These $1,500 scholarships are awarded by the Klussendorf Association and funded by a significant donation from Klussendorf member, Chris Kampf, and through gifts from fund raisers by the Klussendorf Association.

The Robert McKown Scholarship winners receive a $1,500 scholarship in honor of "Whitey" McKown, a long time supporter of the Holstein breed and National Dairy Cattle Shows. These scholarships are made possible by generous donations from the family and friends of Robert "Whitey" McKown. This year's winners are Nathan Ulmer from Belllefonte, Penn, Ariel Waldeck from Upton, Ky., and Abbey Wethal of Brooklyn, Wis.

The annual National Dairy Shrine Awards Banquet will be held in Madison, Oct. 4. For more information about the students being recognized by National Dairy Shrine or tickets for the awards Banquet, contact Executive Director, Dr. David Selner at [email protected] or 920-863-6333. National Dairy Shrine membership information also is available on the internet at Dairy enthusiasts are encouraged to become a part of this important organization to help honor our heritage, inspire future leaders, and promote the dairy industry. 

Source: National Dairy Shrine
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