2018 DFA Cares Foundation Scholarships

March 21, 2018

Dairy Farmers of America (DFA) recognizes the importance of developing future leaders in the dairy industry and is committed to investing in their education. Since its inception 11 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 $57,000.

Precollege Students

  • Abigail Albin, Fortuna, Calif., planning to attend Cal Poly San Luis Obispo or Oklahoma State University and major in agriculture education
  • Jared Baudhuin, Brussels, Wis., planning to attend University of Wisconsin–Madison and major in dairy science
  • Madison Bock, Ashley, Ill., planning to attend Rend Lake College and major in agriculture education
  • Reese Burnett, Carpenter, Wyo., undecided on university, planning to major in animal science
  • Grant Fincham, Marysville, Kan., planning to attend Kansas State University and major in feed science
  • Austin Freund, Concordia, Mo., planning to attend State Fair College–Sedalia and major in agriculture animal science
  • Allen Graulich, Cobleskill, N.Y., undecided on university, planning to major in animal science/dairy science
  • Johnathan King, Schuylerville, N.Y., planning to attend Cornell University and major in animal science/ dairy science
  • Taylor Klipp, Hanover, Kan., planning to attend Southeast Community College–Beatrice and major in agriculture business
  • Grace Koester, Red Bud, Ill., planning to attend Southern Illinois University–Carbondale and major in animal science
  • Aaron Lay, Madisonville, Tenn., planning to attend Tennessee Tech University and major in agriculture communications
  • Sarah Lehner, Delaware, Ohio, planning to attend The Ohio State University and major in animal science
  • Morgan Marotz, Wahoo, Neb., planning to attend Wayne State College and major in elementary education
  • Morgan Mickell, Circleville, Utah, planning to attend Southern Utah University and major in health science
  • Jessica Nash, Elsie, Mich., planning to attend Michigan State University and major in dairy management
  • Jack Palla, Clovis, N.M., planning to attend Oklahoma State University and major in animal science
  • Sonora Palmer, Preston, Idaho, planning to attend Brigham Young University and major in animal science
  • Matthew Peck, Schuylerville, N.Y., planning to attend Cornell University and major in animal science with an emphasis on dairy
  • Seth Racicky, Mason City, Neb., planning to attend Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture and major in animal science with an emphasis on dairy reproduction
  • Gavin Rankins, Cusseta, Ala., planning to attend Auburn University and major in animal science-production/management
  • Michelle Ruijne, Plainview, Texas, planning to attend Texas A&M University and major in animal science
  • Cole Schaap, Clovis, N.M., planning to attend Cornell University and major in animal science with an emphasis on dairy
  • Ryan Siegel, Otterville, Mo., planning to attend the University of Missouri–Columbia and major in animal science
  • Derek Vander Hoff, Hillsdale, Mich., planning to attend Michigan State University and major in agriculture business management
  • Lora Wright, Verona, Mo., planning to attend Oklahoma State University and major in animal science and agriculture communications

Undergraduate Students

  • Christy Achen, Logan, Utah, attends Utah State University and majors in agriculture communications and journalism
  • Nicholas Achen, Lakin, Kan., attends Kansas State University and majors in agriculture education
  • Jaimee Frederick, Clifton Springs, N.Y., attends Cornell University and majors in agriculture science
  • Laura Geven, Syracuse, Kan., attends Kansas State University and majors in animal science and industry production management
  • Shana Hilgerson, Elkader, Iowa, attends Iowa State University and majors in animal science
  • Kalista Hodorff, Eden, Wis., attends University of Wisconsin–Madison and majors in dairy science
  • Dawn Klabenes, Chambers, Neb., attends University of Nebraska–Lincoln and majors in animal science
  • Gloria Koester, Owen Hall, Ind., attends Purdue University and majors in agriculture economics
  • Jacobus McClure, Las Cruces, N.M., attends University of New Mexico and majors in accounting and finance
  • Kristi Menson, Dyersville, Iowa, attends University of Wisconsin–Platteville and majors in agriculture education
  • Emily Mikel, Stafford, N.Y., attends Morrisville State College and majors in dairy science
  • Jay Moon, Buckhead, Ga., attends University of Georgia and majors in agriculture education
  • Dexter Ormond, Kennedy, N.Y., attends Penn State University and majors in agriculture engineering
  • Brittany Rennhack, Watertown, Wis., attends University of Wisconsin–Platteville and majors in agriculture education
  • Robin Ritsema, Lakin, Kan., attends Fort Hays State University and majors in international business and economics
  • Abby Sterner, Barto, Pa., attends Delaware Valley University and majors in dairy science
  • Kristina Wagner, Altoona, Pa., attends Penn State University and majors in plant science
  • Nate Yates, Rutledge, Tenn., attends University of Tennessee–Knoxville and majors in agriculture business

Graduate Students

  • Stephanie Geven, Syracuse, Kan., attending Saxion University, pursuing business administration
  • Rachel O’Leary, Janesville, Wis., attending University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine, pursuing a doctorate of veterinary medicine