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January 2008

$85K Awarded to Dairy Students

Miriam Weber-Nielsen
Dept. of Animal Science

The Michigan Dairy Memorial and Scholarship Foundation celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2007. Since its inception, the Foundation has awarded over $700,000 to more than 375 students with dairy interests. The Foundation now stands as the largest scholarship program in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources. This year, over $85,000 in scholarships were awarded by the Foundation and the Howard Cowles estate.

Glenn and Anne Lake Scholarship

The Glenn and Anne Lake Scholarship provides all tuition and fees for an academic year. The recipient is Jessica Geurink. Jessica is completing B.S. degrees in Agribusiness Management and Agricultural Communications. Raised on a dairy farm in Allendale, Michigan, she intends to work at a dairy publication or in marketing or communications for an artificial insemination organization after graduation. Jessica serves as President of the MSU Dairy Club and competed on the collegiate Dairy Cattle Judging Team.

Russel Erickson Scholarship

The Russel Erickson Scholarship of $5,000 is awarded to Pieter Serne of Lowell. While growing up, Pieter spent time riding along on his family’s milk route, and began working on a local farm during high school. Pieter completed the Ag Tech Dairy Management Program before initiating his studies in the 4-year Agribusiness Management program. At MSU, Pieter participates in the Dairy Club, National Agri-Marketing Association and FarmHouse Fraternity, and served as an officer of the Midwest region of the American Dairy Science Association Student Affiliate Division. Pieter currently is employed as an assistant herdsman on a dairy and plans to buy into partnership or ownership of a dairy in the future.

Jack & Betty Barnes International Michigan Dairy Memorial Endowed Scholarship ($1,000)

The Barnes scholarship is provided through an endowment from Jack and Betty Barnes and is given annually to a student interested in a dairy industry career who is participating in an international experience to enhance his or her education. This year’s recipient was Monica Van Klompenberg. Monica participated in a Study Abroad program to Australia and New Zealand on Food, Environment and Social Systems in 2007. Monica is completing her B.S. in Animal Science and plans to continue her education in graduate school in mammary gland biology. At MSU, she is active in Block and Bridle, as a CANR Ambassador, Student Senate and works in the Mammary Gland Biology Laboratory.

Howard Cowles Dairy Scholarships

The Howard Cowles Dairy Scholarships are given annually to students in Animal Science who have attained junior status and demonstrated a strong interest in dairy. Academic achievement and participation in extracurricular dairy activities such as the MSU Dairy Club, Dairy Challenge, Dairy Associates Program or MSU Dairy Judging are given strong consideration. The scholarships are provided by revenue from a gift from the estate of Howard E. Cowles, who was a long-time employee of Sealtest Dairy. This year’s recipients of $1,000 scholarships were Lindsey First, Jessica Fry, Kayla Stomack, Mary TenBrink and Laura Zeldenrust.

Lindsey First grew up on a fourth-generation dairy in Ionia. While in college, she has been actively involved in managing her family’s operation. She also has been actively involved in MSU Dairy Club, receiving the Outstanding Incoming Member Award. She participated in the MSU and Midwest Dairy Challenge events. Lindsey is studying Animal Science and plans to work in the area of dairy reproduction following graduation.

Jessica Fry’s participation in 4-H and experience in working with judging dairy cattle stimulated her interest in the dairy industry. Jessica hails from Blanchard and is studying Animal Science at MSU. In addition, she participates in the MSU Dairy Club, serving as secretary, and in dairy cattle judging. She plans to work in the dairy industry upon graduation.

Kayla Stomack is working on her B.S. degree in Animal Science with an emphasis in Production Medicine. During high school, Kayla volunteered at area veterinary clinics and also worked on a dairy farm managing calves for several years. At MSU, Kayla participates in the Pre-Veterinary Medicine Association and was on the Dairy Cattle Judging Team. She plans to work as a large-animal veterinarian in her home area of Minden City following graduation.

Mary TenBrink grew up on a family dairy farm in Coopersville. She completed the Ag Tech Dairy Management Program before pursuing her B.S. in Animal Science with emphasis in Agribusiness Management. Mary served as President of the MSU Dairy Club and participated on the Dairy Cattle Judging Team. After graduation, she plans to return to her home farm full time.

Laura Zeldenrust from Fremont is studying Animal Science with an emphasis in Production Medicine. Laura has worked on a dairy farm near her home and volunteered at two veterinary clinics in preparation for her future career. This year she is working at the Animal Air Quality Research Facility on south campus on dairy cattle experiments. In addition, she participated in the Midwest Dairy Challenge and is a member of the Pre-Veterinary Medical Association. Laura plans to use her dairy experience and her veterinary training someday to provide quality consultation to dairy farms.

Michigan Dairy Memorial Freshman Scholarships ($1,500)
The recipients of Michigan Dairy Memorial Freshman Scholarships in the amount of $1,500 are: Eric Carson, Hesperia, Ag Tech Dairy Management; Travis Hake, Edon, OH, Ag Tech Dairy Management; Karmen Jackson, Caro, Animal Science; Matthew Keilen, Westphalia, Ag Tech Dairy Management; Adam Lewis, Jonesville, Ag Tech Dairy Management; Elizabeth Motz, St. Johns, Animal Science.

Michigan Dairy Memorial Ag Tech Scholarships ($2,000)

The recipients of Michigan Dairy Memorial Ag Tech Scholarships in the amount of $2,000 are: Jake Brindley, Rose City, Ag Tech Dairy Management; Jenna Kramer, Harbor Beach, Ag Tech Dairy Management; William Huisjen, Fremont, Ag Tech Dairy Management; Rebecca Hale, Brown City, Ag Tech Dairy Management; William Shuler, Baroda, Ag Tech Dairy Management.

Michigan Dairy Memorial Scholarships ($3,500)

The recipients of Michigan Dairy Memorial Scholarships in the amount of $3,500 are: Matthew Costigan, Lansing, Pre-veterinary Medicine; Lindsey First, Ionia, Animal Science; Jessica Fry, Blanchard, Animal Science; Colleen Jackson, Caro, Animal Science;
Ashley Messing, Bad Axe, Animal Science; Joseph Pasch, Weidman, Animal Science; Rebecca Prause-Stachnik, Cedar, Dietetics; Autumn Sieffert, Grawn, Animal Science; Kayla Stomack, Minden City, Animal Science; Mary TenBrink, Coopersville, Animal Science; Kent Thelen, Fowler, Agribusiness Management; Monica Van Klompenberg, Zeeland, Animal Science; Mark Wiley, Quincy, Agribusiness Management; Paul Windemuller, Zeeland, Agribusiness Management; Laura Zeldenrust, Fremont, Animal Science.

For information on making contributions to honor members of the dairy industry or to support student scholarships, please contact College of Agriculture and Natural Resources External Relations at 517-355-0284. To learn more about the Michigan Dairy Memorial and Scholarship Foundation, contact Dr. Miriam Weber Nielsen in the Department of Animal Science (517-432-5443; msw@msu.edu).

 

 

 

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