RESTON, Va. — Maryland and Virginia Milk Producers Cooperative has announced that $10,500 in scholarships has been awarded to 15 deserving students.
The cooperative presented six $1,000 scholarships in addition to nine $500 scholarships, made possible thanks to generous donations from industry, staff and members. The recipients were selected based on their responses to essay questions, financial need, leadership activities and career aspirations.
The winners are listed below.
$1,000 Scholarship winners
David Hardesty, Jr., Berryville, Va. Hardesty is the son of David and Debra Hardesty. Hardesty currently attends Bridgewater College where he plans to receive his degree in biology with an emphasis on pre-veterinarian studies. He has been a member of the National Honor Society for three years. Hardesty is also a team member of the Bridgewater College Pre-Vet Society. He plans to obtain his doctoral degree in veterinary medicine where he will then join a large animal practice in which his main focus will be dairy herds.
Collin Stolzfus, Berlin, Pa. Collin Stolzfus has been working at his family farm, Pennwood Farms, since he was 12 years old. He is the son of Donald and Joanne Stoltzfus. He currently attends Delaware Valley College and will be transferring to Penn State University majoring in agricultural systems management, this fall. Stolzfus is an active member of FFA, 4-H and the Junior Holstein Association. With his degree, Stoltzfus plans to begin a career in an agricultural machinery company in order to develop more efficient equipment for farmers. Upon graduation, Stoltzfus also would like to return to the farm and run his own successful crop and dairy farm.
Collins Lethbridge, Union Bridge, Md. Collins Lethbridge is currently a junior at Mount St. Mary’s University pursuing his bachelor’s degree in accounting and a member of Phi Theta Kappa honor society. Upon graduation, Lethbridge plans to pursue his master’s degree as well as addition education to become a CPA. Lethbridge would like to eventually own his own accounting firm that will be aimed primarily at the agricultural industry. He hopes to have clientele that consists of local farmers as well as businesses within the agricultural realm. Lethbridge is the son of Stephen and Donna Lethbridge.
Haley Potts, Purcellville, Va. Haley Potts is the daughter of Mike and Nancy Potts of Dogwood Farms. Currently, Potts attends Virginia Tech where she is a food science and technology major. Potts is involved with several extracurricular activities at school such as the Dairy Club, Alpha Zeta, Showcase Sale and the National Holstein Association. Upon graduation, Potts plans to attend graduate school to gain more experience with the research of dairy products.
Other winners were:
Bradley Bennett, New Bern, N.C.
Ethan Holland, Olin, N.C.
$500 scholarship winners
Caitlyn Pool, Robesonia, Pa. Caitlyn Pool is the daughter of David and Martha Pool. She is majoring in animal sciences and agricultural communications at Penn State University where she is an active member in the Dairy Science Club, Collegiate Cattlewomen, and Block and Bridle. At home she works for her family’s dairy farm, Fantasyland Holsteins, and has been involved with the Berks County Dairy Princess Promotion Services as well as the Red and White Dairy Cattle Association and American Jersey Cattle Association. After school, she would like to have a career advertising for and promoting the dairy industry.
Danielle Delp, Williamsburg, Pa. Danielle Delp is the daughter of Durrel and Dawn Delp. She will be a freshman this fall, planning on majoring in pre-veterinary studies or biology. She recently graduated from Williamsburg High School where she was an active member in the FFA chapter, Math League, Marching Band and Concert Band. She also has been involved in the Morrisons Cove 4-H Dairy Club, Junior Holstein Association and the Martinsburg Mennonite Church Youth Group. She helps out on her family’s dairy farm and her future plans include going to veterinary school and becoming a small animal vet.
Josie Dallam, Bel Air, Md. Josie Dallam is the daughter of David and Kate Dallam. She is majoring in life sciences communications and agronomy at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she is an active member of the Association of Women in Agriculture, Collegiate Farm Bureau, Collegiate FFA and Badger Dairy Club. At home, she works for her family’s dairy farm and ice cream store, Broom’s Bloom Dairy. She is also involved in the Upper Chesapeake Dairy Princess Program and 4-H. Her future career plans include promoting the dairy industry and helping educate the public about agriculture.
Rachel McCuller, Union Bridge, Md. Rachel McCuller is the daughter of Michael and Julie McCuller. She will be a freshman this fall at Bridgewater College, and plans to major in environmental science and communications. She is an active member of the Liganore FFA Chapter and Union Bridge Church of the Brethren Youth Group. She also served on the Mid-Atlantic Dairy Youth Cabinet and Frederick County Farm Bureau Long-Range Planning Committee. She currently works on her family’s dairy farm. After school, she would like to pursue a career working with dairy farmers on creating and maintaining environmentally friendly farming practices.
Cathleen Doody, Union Bridge, Md. Cathleen Doody is the daughter of David and Carole Doody. She recently graduated from Frederick Community College with an associate degree in business administration. In the fall, she plans on attending Mount St. Mary’s and studying accounting. She has been an active member of the Liganore FFA, Johnsville 4-H and Maryland Holstein Association. She currently works on her family’s dairy farm milking, feeding calves and heifers, and doing fieldwork. Her future goals include working as an accountant close to the farm and saving enough money to start up her own dairy farm some day.
Thomas French, Mauretown, Va. Thomas French is the son of William and Anne French. He will be a freshman this fall at Lord Fairfax Community College where he plans on majoring in dairy science. He has been an active member in FFA and is an Eagle Scout with Boy Scouts. He is the assistant herd manager on his family farm, French Brothers Dairy. After school, he would like to travel to gain more applied agricultural experiences before returning to the family farm where he would like to expand their current operations. He would also like to lobby in politics for progressive agriculture.
Other winners were:
Cole Davis, Pleasant Garden, N.C.
Katelin Benkoski, Madison, Ga.
Meridith Franks, Waynesboro, Ga.
To be eligible for a Maryland and Virginia Milk Producers scholarship, students must be the son, daughter or employee of a current co-op member, or the son or daughter of a Maryland and Virginia employee and attending an accredited college or university. Applications are made available in November of each year and are due in mid-February. For more information about the cooperative’s scholarship program, contact Daniela Roland, at 800-552-1976 ext. 449.