Dairy Students Awarded Over $95,000
Miriam Weber Nielsen and Elizabeth Karcher
Dept. of Animal Science
The Michigan Dairy Memorial and Scholarship Foundation continues to be 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 over $900,000 and increased by over 40% to 184 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 Nick Bellows, Walt Frahm, Bill Robb, and Keith and Maxine Sowerby. The Foundation awarded over $95,000 in scholarships 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 ($7,500)
The Glenn and Anne Lake Scholarship is awarded to Olivia DeVooght. Olivia is the daughter of Bill and Mary DeVooght and grew up on her family’s dairy farm near Marquette. Olivia has a double major in Animal Science and Marketing and is a member of the Honors College. She has been active in the MSU Dairy Club, and completed internships with Pfizer Animal Health and Dean Foods.
Russel Erickson Scholarship ($5,000)
The Russel Erickson Scholarship is awarded to Eric Sneller. Eric is the son of Darwin and Kathy Sneller of Sebewaing, and grew up on his family’s dairy farm. Eric is a senior in Animal Science, and plans to work in the dairy industry following graduation while remaining involved with his family’s farm. Eric has participated in Dairy Cattle Judging; the MSU and Midwest Regional Dairy Challenge contests; the MSU Dairy Club; and MSU Block and Bridle Club.
Donald and Valera Murray Scholarship ($4,000)
The Donald and Valera Murray Scholarship is awarded to Kevin Messing, a senior in Biosystems Engineering. Kevin is the son of Greg and Shelly Messing, and remains involved on his family’s dairy farm near Bad Axe. Kevin is concentrating his studies on Food Engineering and plans to work in dairy foods manufacturing after graduation. Kevin served as President of the MSU Dairy Club and participates in MSU Block and Bridle.
John and Barbara Dilland Scholarship ($3,500)
Tera Koebel, a senior in Agribusiness Management from Three Oaks, is the recipient of the John and Barbara Dilland Scholarship. Tera is the daughter of Terry and Jennie Koebel, and is actively involved in her family’s dairy farm. Tera participates in Michigan Junior Holstein Association, Michigan Jersey Cattle Club, MSU Dairy Club, Collegiate FFA, Collegiate Farm Bureau, and Sigma Alpha Sorority. She completed an internship with Elanco Animal Health this past summer.
Harold and Lillian Gremel Scholarship ($3,500)
Allan Mergener, a first-year student in MSU’s College of Veterinary Medicine, received the Harold and Lillian Gremel Scholarship for Production Animal Scholars in veterinary school. Allan is the son of Richard and Tammy Mergener from McMillan. Allan completed his Animal Science degree at MSU and is working on a Master’s degree in Food Safety while in veterinary school. Allan participated in the National Dairy Challenge, MSU Dairy Club and MSU Block and Bridle. He completed internships at the Kellogg Biological Station Dairy Farm and at CRI Genex. Allan plans to work in the dairy industry in food animal medicine and food safety.
Redmond (“Red”) and Edna Cotter Purina Dairy Memorial Scholarship ($4,000)
Henry Reinart, son of Christopher Reinart in Hopkins, MI, is the recipient of the first-ever Red and Edna Cotter Purina Dairy Memorial Scholarship. He is a second year student in the MSU College of Veterinary Medicine (CVM). Henry completed a food systems fellowship with Merck Animal Health last summer, and is completing a Master’s degree in Food Safety while in veterinary school. Henry was a participant on MSU’s national champion quiz bowl team at the American Association of Bovine Practitioners meeting. He participates on the Animal Welfare Judging Team, the Food Animal Club, the Theriogenology Club, and the CVM Curriculum Committee. Following graduation, he plans to practice production medicine in his home town.
Velmar Green Scholarship ($3,500)
Bryan Mahoney, a sophomore in the Ag Tech Dairy Management Program, is the recipient of the first-ever Velmar Green Scholarship. Bryan is the son of John and Doris Mahoney, and grew up on a dairy farm near Chesaning. Bryan participates in the MSU Dairy Club, the MSU Dairy Challenge, and Collegiate FFA while remaining active on his family’s farm. He completed placement training on a large dairy farm in Nebraska this past summer. He plans to return to his family’s farm after graduation.
Archie Studer Scholarship ($3,500)
Garrett Slavik is the first-ever recipient of the Archie Studer Scholarship. A freshman in Animal Science, Garrett grew up on a dairy farm near Ashley. He is the son of Jim and Doreen Slavik, and plans to pursue a degree in veterinary medicine after completing his bachelor’s degree in Animal Science Production Animal Scholars. Garrett is actively involved in his family’s dairy farm, and participates in the MSU Dairy Club and also on the 4-H Dairy Cattle Judging Team.
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 Lauren Bush, a junior in Animal Science from Swartz Creek who traveled to Europe with the MSU 4-H Dairy Cattle Judging Team.
Michigan Dairy Memorial Scholarships
The following students received Michigan Dairy Memorial Scholarships ($3,500): Jordan Austin, a senior in Animal Science from Saranac; Lauren Bush, a junior in Animal Science from Swartz Creek; Kelsey Byars, a junior in Animal Science from Webberville; Leah Cardona, a sophomore in Animal Science from Chicago; Stacey Choate, a senior in Animal Science from Cement City; Brandon Gingrich, a senior in Animal Science from LeRoy; Katelyn Horning, a sophomore in Animal Science from Manchester; Kelly Jaynes, a senior in Animal Science from Bartlett, Illinois; Kristi Kocsis, a senior in Animal Science from Lansing; Sarah Michalek, a sophomore in Agriscience Education from Deckerville; Jason Smith, a sophomore in Crop and Soil Sciences from Fremont; and Carrie Szybisty, a senior in Animal Science from Redford.
Michigan Dairy Memorial Freshman Scholarships ($1,500)
Five Freshman Scholarships were awarded to Shelbie Britton, a freshman in Dairy Management from Limestone; Ron Groen, a freshman in Dairy Management from Teeswater, Ontario; Adam Guernsey, a freshman in Dairy Management from Ionia; Sarah Ring, a freshman in Animal Science from Belding; and Laura Small, a freshman in Animal Science from Kimball.
Michigan Dairy Memorial Ag Tech Scholarships ($2,000)
The following students, all in the Ag Tech Dairy Management Program, received Michigan Dairy Memorial Ag Tech Scholarships ($2,000): Jade Cox, sophomore, Coldwater; Cody Koster, sophomore, McBain; Jeff Reid, sophomore, Jeddo; James Stuart, sophomore, Lowell; and Britney Zondlak, freshman, Byron Center.
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 $850 scholarships were Kelsey Byars and Lauren Bush.
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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Communication with Consumers
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