2017 DFA Cares Foundation Scholarships

March 22, 2017

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 10 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 45 recipients who will receive a combined total of $53,000.

Precollege Students

  • Alexis Atteberry, Conway, Mo., planning to attend Ozarks Technical Community College and major in agribusiness
  • Garrett Bailey, Fort Ann, N.Y., planning to attend Cornell University and major is undecided
  • Benjamin Bruss, Markesan, Wis., planning to attend University of Wisconsin–Platteville and major in animal science
  • Isaac Clements, Prattsburgh, N.Y., planning to attend Delaware Valley University and major in agribusiness
  • Emma Gwidt, Pulaski, Wis., planning to attend University of Wisconsin–River Falls and major in dairy science
  • Jacob Kline, Myerstown, Pa., planning to attend Penn State University and major in agribusiness
  • Gloria Koester, Wadesville, Ind., planning to attend Purdue University and major in agricultural economics
  • Natalie Koke, Dublin, Texas, planning to attend Texas A&M and major in agribusiness
  • Johnna Kuegel, Owensboro, Ky., planning to attend University of Kentucky and major in agricultural education
  • Ian Lokai, Urbana, Ohio, planning to attend Ohio State University and major in animal science/pre vet
  • Jessica Mehre, Glenbeulah, Wis., planning to attend University of Wisconsin – Madison and major in dairy science and agronomy
  • Jenna Metzler, Martinsburg, Pa., planning to attend Penn State University and major in business/accounting
  • Madisen Morlock, Pemberville, Ohio, planning to attend Ohio State Agriculture Tech Institute and major in agriscience education
  • Emily Mullen, Okeana, Ohio, planning to attend Ohio State University and major in dairy cattle production and management
  • Lani Ogle, Sarcoxie, Mo., planning to attend Crowder College and major in animal science
  • Isabella Portner, Sleepy Eye, Minn., planning to attend Iowa State University and major in dairy science
  • Genevieve Regli, Ferndale, Calif., planning to attend Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and major in dairy science
  • Oliver Schmitz, Axtell, Kan., planning to attend Kansas State University and major in agricultural technology management
  • Hannah Weiman, Quincy, Ill., planning to attend University of Wisconsin–Platteville and major in dairy science
  • Eli Wolfe, Kearney, Neb., planning to attend University of Nebraska–Lincoln and major in ag business

Undergraduate Students

  • Nathan Arthur, Sumner, Iowa, attends Iowa State University, majoring in dairy science
  • Brittany Boitnott, Boones Mill, Va., attends Virginia Tech, majoring in dairy science
  • Krystle Burger, Adams, N.Y., attends Morrisville State College, majoring in animal science/dairy
  • Kelly Falk, Rio, Wis., attends University of Wisconsin-Platteville, majoring in animal science
  • Daniel Frea, Ithaca, N.Y., attends Cornell University, majoring in agricultural sciences
  • Elizabeth Hayes, Dalton, Ga., attends Berry College, majoring in animal science
  • Brady Hinrichs, Zumbrota, Minn., attends University of Wisconsin-River Falls, majoring in dairy science
  • Will Hipsher, Rutledge, Tenn., attends University of Tennessee-Knoxville, majoring in animal science
  • Cassiday Kogianes, Fairview, Utah, attends Utah State University, majoring in animal, dairy and vet science
  • Marissa Kollar, Mondovi, Wis., attends University of Wisconsin-River Falls, majoring in accounting
  • Andrew Krause, Buffalo, Minn., attends University of Minnesota, majoring in animal science/dairy production
  • Morgan Krause, Buffalo, Minn., attends University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, majoring in agriculture communications and marketing
  • George Lamb, Buskirk, N.Y., attends SUNY Cobleskill, majoring in dairy production and management
  • John Leibham, Tomball, Texas, attends Texas A&M, majoring in agricultural economics
  • Kyle Maples, Clever, Mo., attends University of Arkansas, majoring in mechanical engineering
  • Mary Jo Noble, Gillett, Pa., attends SUNY Empire State College, majoring in community relations and public affairs
  • Katelynn Palmer, Preston, Idaho, attends Brigham Young University-Idaho, majoring in dairy and food science
  • Michael Schmenk, Leipsic, Ohio, attends Ohio State University, majoring in agricultural engineering
  • Courtney Wangler, West Branch, Mich., attends Saginaw Valley State University, majoring in biology
  • Logan Warpinski, Denmark, Wis., attends University of Wisconsin-River Falls, majoring in dairy science
  • Sarah Weststeyn, Linden, Calif., attends Cal Poly University, majoring in dairy science

Graduate Students

  • David Alexander, Conneaut Lake, Pa., attending Lincoln Memorial University, pursuing doctorate in veterinary medicine
  • Rachel Freise, Wanamingo, Minn., attending University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine, pursuing a doctorate in veterinary medicine
  • Jenna Hill, Clyde, N.Y., attending Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine, majoring in veterinary medicine
  • Lucero Tennis, Browns, Ill., attending University of Kentucky College of Law, pursuing a law degree