National Dairy Shrine announces scholarship winners

7/26/2014 7:00 AM

DENMARK, Wis. — The National Dairy Shrine is pleased to announce the winners of their scholarships for 2014. National Dairy Shrine will provide more than $50,000 of scholarships and awards to students at their annual banquet on Thursday, Oct. 2 in Madison, Wis.

A listing of scholarship winners follows.

NDS Student Recognition Awards

The NDS student recognition program recognizes graduating seniors planning a career related to the dairy industry who have demonstrated outstanding leadership skills, academic ability and a sincere interest in dairy cattle. Each university is allowed to nominate up to two candidates for this recognition in any given year. The highest winner receives a $2,000 award, the second a $1,500 award and the other winners receive $1,000 awards.

The second-place award goes to Roxanne Seltzer, Selinsgrove, Pa. She is a dairy science and communication major at Virginia Tech. She has been very active in many dairy-related activities at Virginia Tech and has held leadership roles in the Virginia Tech Dairy Club.

Other winners include:

Top award winner: Erin Daninger, Forest Lake, Minn.

Third place: Jessica Hammerand, Epworth, Iowa.

Fourth place: Taylor Pires, Los Banos, Calif.

<\!q>Fifth place: Emilie Strand, Cazadero, Calif.

Sixth place: Tyler Otte, Randolph, Minn.

Seventh place: Brandon Scharping, West Salem, Wis.

Kildee Scholarship Awards

Jessica Sentelle, Jefferson, Md., has been selected as this year’s recipient of the Kildee Undergraduate Studies Scholarship. She is currently attending Virginia Tech, majoring in dairy science and agribusiness management.

Receiving the Kildee Graduate Studies Scholarship is Hayden Bush, Tillamook, Ore.

NDS/DMI Milk and <\n>Dairy Products Scholarship

These scholarships encourage students to pursue careers in dairy product or milk marketing, dairy product development and/or quality control or similar roles in the dairy and food industries.

Hillary Hall, of Marysville, Ohio, is a food science and technology major at The Ohio State University. She received a $1,000 scholarship.

Other winners include:

Robert Sexton, Millville, Minn., $1,500.

Christine Reitsma, University of Minnesota, $1,000.

Maggie Jennissen, Brooten, Minn., $1,000.

Emily Plapp, Malta, Ill., $1,000.

Sarah Kappel, Fort Collins, Colo., $1,000.

NDS/DMI Education and <\n>Communication Scholarships

These scholarships encourage students to pursue education or communication careers in the dairy product industry or related food industries.

Hayley Potts is a food science and technology science option major at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. She received a $1,000 scholarship.

Heather Hunt, Orange, Maine, is majoring in animal science at Cornell University. She received a $1,000 scholarship.

Other winners include:

Rebecca Groos, Howard Lake, Minn., $1,500.

<\!q>Katie Schmitt, Rice, Minn., $1,000.

Mariah Schmitt, Fort Atkinson, Iowa, $1,000.

Abby Mills, Lake City, Minn., $1,000.

<\!q>Margaret Stiles, Lakeville, Minn., $1,000.

Emily Selner, Denmark, Wis., $1,000.

Junior Merit Scholarships

The National Dairy Shrine Junior Merit Scholarship is to encourage qualified undergraduate students to pursue careers in the dairy industry or related occupations. Winners include:

Michael Schmitt, Rice, Minn., $1,500.

Amanda Moretti, Petaluma, Calif., $1,000.

<\!q>Amy McBirney, Morgan Hill, Calif., $1,000.

Chelsey Johnson, Heron Lake, Minn., $1,000.

Allison Culp, Nappanee, Ind., $1,000.

Andrea Smaciarz, Raymond, Wash., $1,000.

Sophomore Merit Scholarships

The Sophomore Merit Scholarship is to encourage qualified undergraduate students to pursue careers in the dairy industry or related occupations.

Colleen Smith, Pine Plains, N.Y., is majoring in animal science with a dairy concentration at Cornell University. She received a $1,000 scholarship.

Other winners are:

Bethany Dado, Amery, Wis., $1,500.

Mary Liebenstein, Dundas, Minn., $1,000.

Shannon Rodeffer, Snohomish, Wash., $1,000.

Maurice Core Scholarship

These $1,000 scholarships are given in honor of Maurice Core, the long-time executive secretary of the American Jersey Cattle Association, and former executive director of the National Dairy Shrine. The scholarships are given to freshman-status students working toward a degree in dairy or animal science-related majors.

Amber Gabel, Newport, Pa., who is a student at Pennsylvania State University, is a recipient. Other winners include Sydney Endres, Lodi, Wis., and Johanna Knorr, Pelican Rapids, Minn.

Iager Scholarship

The Iager Scholarship for $1,000 is awarded annually to students in a two-year agricultural school pursuing a career in the dairy industry. It is based on academic standing, leadership ability, interest in the dairy industry and plans for the future.

The two recipients this year are Derrek Kamphuis, Brandon, Wis., and Allison Pung, Portland, Mich.

McCullough Scholarships

Each year, two scholarships are awarded by National Dairy Shrine in memory of Dr. Marshall E. McCullough, the well-respected nutrition researcher and educator from Georgia. Eligible students must be entering their freshmen year of college and plan to major in dairy science/agricultural journalism or communications with a dairy emphasis. Winners are Gabriella Sorg, Hastings, Minn., and Kristin Broege, Janesville, Wis.

For more information about the students being recognized by National Dairy Shrine or tickets for the awards banquet, contact the NDS office at info<\@>

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