DFA Cares Foundation scholarship recipients named

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Dairy Farmers of America recognizes the importance of developing future leaders in the dairy industry, and is committed to investing in their education. Since its inception seven years ago, the DFA Cares Foundation Scholarship has grown to honor an increasing number of outstanding students who are pursuing careers in the dairy industry.

Selection criteria include a commitment and passion for a career in the dairy industry; extracurricular activities, awards and work experience; and academic achievement. This year, DFA’s scholarship committee identified a record 36 recipients who will receive a combined total of $42,500.

 

The 2014 honorees include:

Pre-College Students

• Lora Berning, Sidney, Ohio, planning to attend Wright State University and major in food science

• Ellissa Clark, Morgan, Utah, planning to attend Brigham Young University and major in communications

• Kelly Falk, Rio, Wis., planning to attend the University of Wisconsin – Platteville and major in animal science

• Will Jonas, Pleasant Mount, Pa., planning to attend Penn State University, Delaware Valley College or The Ohio State University and major in animal science

• Keith Koerner, Portageville, N.Y., planning to attend Cornell University and major in animal science

• Jacob Lay, Madisonville, Tenn., planning to attend the University of Tennessee – Knoxville and major in dairy and beef nutrition

• Tony Lopes, Gustine, Calif., planning to attend California Polytechnic State University and major in dairy science

• Abigail Martin, Janesville, Wis., planning to attend the University of Wisconsin – Madison and major in dairy science

• Casey Porter, Watertown, N.Y., planning to attend Cornell University and major in animal science

• Anna Schmenk, Leipsic, Ohio, planning to attend The Ohio State University and major in food science and technology

• Tracy Schmitz, Axtell, Kan., planning to attend Kansas State University and major in mechanical engineering

• Tricia Schmitz, Axtell, Kan., planning to attend Kansas State University and major in computer science

• Shan Sherwood, Nephi, Utah, planning to attend Utah State University and major in animal, dairy and veterinary sciences

• Emil Walleser, De Soto, Wis., planning to attend the University of Wisconsin – Madison and major in dairy science

• Dakota Zapalac, La Grange, Texas, planning to attend Texas A&M University or Oklahoma State University and major in large animal veterinary medicine

 

Undergraduate Students

• Amy Bunse, Cosby, Mo., attends Northwest Missouri State University, majoring in agricultural business

• Marina Cable, Neshanic Station, N.J., attends The Ohio State University, majoring in animal science

• Jenna Diehl, Elkland, Mo., attends the University of Arkansas, majoring in agricultural business

• Amber Gabel, Newport, Pa., attends Pennsylvania State University, majoring in animal science

• Gavin Gates, Burdett, N.Y., attends Cornell University, majoring in agricultural and animal sciences

• Victoria Giebler, Neosho, Mo., attends Missouri State University, majoring in agriculture business and farm management

• Diane Gress, Shreve, Ohio, attends The Ohio State University, majoring in agriculture communications

• Abby Lohman, Bow, Wash., attends Oregon State University, majoring in agriculture education

• Rachel Manning, Huntingtown, W.Va., attends West Virginia University, majoring in agriculture and extension education

• McKenna Marshall, Eaton, Ohio, attends Indiana University East, majoring in biology

• Amanda Moretti, Petaluma, Calif., attends Cornell University, majoring in animal science

• Rachel O’Leary, Janesville, Wis., attends the University of Wisconsin – River Falls, majoring in dairy science and veterinary studies

• Jake Olsen, Fallon, Nev., attends Modesto Junior College, majoring in agricultural business, sales and service

• Hannah Roberts, Preston, Idaho, attends Utah State University, majoring in agribusiness

• Marlynke Vanderlei, Amherst, Texas, attends Texas Tech University, majoring in agribusiness

 

Graduate Students

• Lora Anders, Mason, Mich., attending Michigan State University, majoring in animal science

• Julie Conner, Champaign, Ill., attending the University of California – Davis School of Veterinary Medicine

• Ginger Hobgood, Raleigh, N.C., attending North Carolina State University School of Veterinary Medicine

• Lisa Lageschaar, Pickton, Texas, attending Stephen F. Austin State University, majoring in secondary education

• Anthony Martin, Lemoore, Calif., attending St. George’s University School of Veterinary Medicine

• Jon Pretz, Paola, Kan., attending South Dakota State University, pursuing a doctorate in dairy cattle nutrition

Dairy Farmers of America (DFA) is a national dairy marketing cooperative that serves and is owned by more than 13,000 members on nearly 8,000 farms in 48 states. DFA also is one of the country’s most diversified manufacturers of dairy products, food components and ingredients, and is a leader in formulating and packaging shelf-stable dairy products. Visit www.dfamilk.com.


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