2018 Scholarship Recipients

DFA recognizes the importance of developing future leaders in the dairy industry and is committed to investing in their education. This year, DFA is distributing $57,000 to 45 outstanding students pursuing careers in the dairy industry. This year, all students are affiliated with DFA.

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Pre-College Students

Abigail Albin
Fortuna, Calif.
Undecided, agriculture education

Jared Baudhuin
Brussels, Wis.
University of Wisconsin-Madison, dairy science

Madison Bock
Ashley, Ill.
Rend Lake College, agriculture education

Reese Burnett
Carpenter, Wyo.
Undecided, animal science

Grant Fincham
Marysville, Kan.
Kansas State University, feed science

Austin Freund
Concordia, Mo.
State Fair Community College, agriculture animal science

Allen Graulich
Cobleskill, N.Y.
Undecided, animal science/dairy science

Johnathan King
Schuylerville, N.Y.
Cornell University, animal science/dairy science

Taylor Klipp
Hanover, Kan.
Southeast Community College, agribusiness

Grace Koester
Red Bud, Ill.
Southern Illinois University, animal science

Aaron Lay
Madisonville, Tenn.
Tennessee Technological University, agriculture communications

Sarah Lehner
Delaware, Ohio
Ohio State University, animal science

Morgan Marotz
Wahoo, Neb.
Wayne State College, elementary education

Mickell Morgan
Circleville, Utah
Southern Utah University, health science

Jessica Nash
Elsie, Mich.
Michigan State University, dairy management

Jack Palla
Clovis, N.M.
Oklahoma State University, animal science

Sonora Palmer
Preston, Idaho
Brigham Young University, animal science

Matthew Peck
Schuylerville, N.Y.
Cornell University, animal science-dairy

Seth Racicky
Mason City, Neb.
Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture, animal science-dairy reproduction

Gavin Rankins
Cusseta, Ala.
Auburn University, animal science-production/management

Michelle Ruijne
Plainview, Texas
Texas A&M University, animal science

Cole Schaap
Clovis, N.M.
Cornell University, animal science-dairy

Ryan Siegel
Otterville, Mo.
University of Missouri, animal science

Derek Vander Hoff
Hillsdale, Mich.
Michigan State University, agribusiness management

Lora Wright
Verona, Mo.
Oklahoma State University, animal science/agriculture communications


Undergraduate Students

Christy Achen
Logan, Utah
Utah State University, agriculture communications and journalism

Nicholas Achen
Lakin, Kan.
Kansas State University, agriculture education

Jaimee Frederick
Clifton Springs, N.Y.
Cornell University, agriculture science

Laura Geven
Syracuse, Kan.
Kansas State University, animal science and industry-production management

Shana Hilgerson
Ames, Iowa
Iowa State University, animal science

Kalista Hodorff
Eden, Wis.
University of Wisconsin-Madison, dairy science

Dawn Klabenes
Lincoln, Neb.
University of Nebraska-Lincoln, animal science

Gloria Koester
Owen Hall, Ind.
Purdue University, agriculture economics

Jacobus McClure
Las Cruces, N.M.
University of New Mexico, accounting and finance

Kristi Mensen
Dyersville, Iowa
University of Wisconsin-Platteville, agriculture education

Emily Mikel
Stafford, N.Y.
Morrisville State College, dairy science

Jay Moon
Buckhead, Ga.
University of Georgia, agriculture education

Dexter Ormond
Kennedy, N.Y.
Penn State University, agriculture engineering

Brittany Rennhack
Watertown, Wis.
University of Wisconsin-Plattville, agriculture education

Robin Ritsema
Hays, Kan.
Fort Hays State University, international business and economics

Abby Sterner
Barto, Pa.
Delaware Valley University, dairy science

Kristina Wagner
Tionesta, Pa.
Penn State University, plant science

Nate Yates
Rutledge, Tenn.
University of Tennessee-Knoxville, agribusiness


Postgraduate Students

Stephanie Geven
Syracuse, Kan.
Saxion University, business administration

Rachel O’Leary
Madison, Wis.
University Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine, doctorate of veterinary medicine