MSU Dairy Students Blessed with over $80,000 in Scholarship Opportunities
Miriam Weber Nielsen
Dept. of Animal Science
The Michigan Dairy Memorial and Scholarship Foundation retains the lead as the largest scholarship program in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources. In the last decade, the endowment has grown by more than 50% to a principal account of nearly $850,000 and increased by over 40% to 176, the number of individuals recognized as Honorees of the Foundation. Individuals and organizations in the Michigan dairy industry have been the primary contributors to this growth and the increased amount of scholarship funds available to dairy students.
New Honorees of the Foundation this year, recognized through a minimum $1,000 contribution to the Foundation, include Keith Brown, Jack Dendel, John Pell, Marvin Pell, Mike Schwab and Erwin and Loretta Weber.
The Foundation awarded over $80,000 in scholarships again this year. Scholarships are awarded on the basis of academics, extracurricular involvement, and interest in a career in the dairy industry.
Glenn and Anne Lake Scholarship
The Glenn and Anne Lake Scholarship pays all tuition and fees for one academic year. This year’s recipient is Karmen Jackson, a senior pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Animal Science. Karmen is the daughter of Gale and Lisa Jackson of Caro and remains active on her family’s farm. She plans to work in dairy and production agriculture, and having a strong interest in environmental concerns, wishes to participate in the industry’s regulatory development. Karmen is involved in dairy research at MSU’s College of Veterinary Medicine, and is working on her certification for Comprehensive Nutrient Management Planning (CNMP) preparation.
Russel Erickson Scholarship
The Russel Erickson Scholarship of $5,000 is awarded to Joseph Ankley. Joseph is a senior from Imlay City, and is dual-majoring in Animal Science and Agriculture Education. He is the son of William and Virginia Ankley, and has an interest in the future diversification of the family farm. He has been active in MSU collegiate FFA, and has been serving as the Student Senate Representative. He is developing a future career path that will combine his desires to teach secondary-level agriculture, and to establish a creamery on the family farm.
Donald and Valera Murray Scholarship
The Donald and Valera Murray Scholarship of $4,000 is awarded to Olivia DeVooght. Olivia is the daughter of Bill and Mary DeVooght of Marquette. Olivia has a double major in Animal Science and Marketing. She has been active in the MSU Dairy Club. Olivia has extensive experience in the dairy industry, including research in health and nutrition, merchandising and sales, farm management, and data management.
Harold and Lillian Gremel Scholarship ($3,500)
Henry Reinart, son of Christopher Reinart D.V.M. in Hopkins, MI, is the recipient of the Harold and Lillian Gremel Scholarship. He is a first year student in the MSU College of Veterinary Medicine. Henry was President of the MSU-CANR Student Senate, an FFA State Officer, Vice President of Leadership in Environmental and Agricultural Fields (LEAF), and a Representative to the ASMSU Academic Assembly. Following graduation, he plans to practice production medicine in his home town.
Jack and Betty Barnes International Michigan Dairy Memorial Endowed Scholarship ($,1000)
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 Karmen Jackson.
Michigan Dairy Memorial Scholarships (1,000)
The following students received Michigan Dairy Memorial Scholarships ($3,500): Krista Beeker from Constantine, majoring in Animal Science/Environmental Studies; Melissa Brower, Jamestown, Animal Science; Lauren Bush, Swartz Creek, Animal Science; Stacey Choate, Cement City, Animal Science; Melissa Erdman, Minden City, Production Animal Scholars; Cally Hass, Cassopolis, Animal Science/Agribusiness Management; Jillian Holdwick, Harbor Beach, Animal Science; Tera Koebel, Three Oaks, Agribusiness Management; Jessica Makowski, Macomb, Animal Science; Kevin Messing, Bad Axe, Biosystems Engineering; Elizabeth Motz, St. Johns, Animal Science/Agribusiness Management; Lynnae Slavik, Ashley, Animal Science; and Eric Sneller, Sebewaing, Animal Science.
Michigan Dairy Memorial Freshman Scholarships ($1,500)
Five Freshman Scholarships were awarded to Leah Cordona of Chicago with a major in Food Science; Emily DeVooght, Marquette, Animal Science; Katelyyn Horning, Manchester, Animal Science; Ned Lindsey, Tekonsha, Dairy Management; and Kaitlyn Eisenga, Marion, Dairy Management.
Michigan Dairy Memorial Ag Tech Scholarships ($2,000)
The following students received Michigan Dairy Memorial Ag Tech Scholarships ($2,000): Dale Dick of McBain with a major in Dairy Management; Jamie Atherton, Gaines, Dairy Tech; Deidre Bowen, Cass City, Dairy Management; Ashley Blight, Bancroft, Dairy Management; and Katie Szymanski, Snover, Agriculture Industries.
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 $1,200 scholarships were Katherine Krepps, a senior in Agriscience; and Jessica Makowski, a senior in Animal Science from Macomb.
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; firstname.lastname@example.org).
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