2019 DFA Cares Foundation Scholarships

March 20, 2019

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 12 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 46 recipients who will receive a combined total of $69,000.

Precollege Students

  • Kayla Bailey, Fort Ann, N.Y., planning to attend Siena College and major in business/finance
  • Clare Dirksen, Portland, Ind., planning to attend Purdue University and major in food science
  • Dylan Draper, Addison, N.Y., planning to attend Elmira College and major in finance
  • Hannah Fresquez, Las Cruces, N.M., planning to attend Arizona State University and major in journalism and mass communication
  • Shannon Good, Caledonia, Mich., planning to attend Michigan State University and major in animal science
  • Kaianne Hodorff, Eden, Wis., planning to attend University of Wisconsin–Platteville and major in dairy science
  • Courtney Jenkins, Bolivar, Mo., planning to attend University of Central Missouri and major in agricultural science
  • Sarah Kearney, Nicholville, N.Y., planning to attend Cornell University and major in animal science
  • Nicole Koke, Dublin, Texas, planning to attend Texas A&M University and major in international business
  • Julius Loonen, Marshall, Mich., undecided on a university and planning to major in agribusiness
  • Karly Marshman, Oxford, N.Y., planning to attend SUNY Morrisville and major in agricultural science
  • Taiylor Myers, New Plymouth, Idaho, planning to attend Utah State University and major in elementary education
  • Megan Podtburg, Greeley, Colo., planning to attend either West Texas A&M University or University of Wyoming and major in animal science
  • Anna Post, Bovina Center, N.Y., planning to attend SUNY Cobleskill and major in agricultural science
  • Adam Rademacher, Cottage Grove, Wis., planning to attend the Farm and Industry Short Course at University of Wisconsin and major in mechanics
  • Hailey Schoenherr, Columbus, Wis., planning to attend University of Wisconsin–Platteville and major in agribusiness
  • Michelle Stangler, Watertown, Wis., planning to attend University of Wisconsin–Platteville and major in agriculture education
  • Emily Starceski, Sherman, N.Y., planning to attend Cornell University and major in animal science
  • Tucker True, Perry, N.Y., planning to attend Cornell University and major in animal science
  • Kathleen Yanke, Prairie du Sac, Wis., planning to attend University of Wisconsin–Platteville and major in agribusiness
  • Kaylie Zapalac, La Grange, Texas, planning to attend Texas A&M University and major in animal science/animal nutrition

Undergraduate Students

  • Terri Atteberry, Conway, Mo., attends Ozarks Technical Community College and majors in agriculture
  • Reese Burnett, Manhattan, Kan., attends Kansas State University and majors in animal science, production management
  • Haley Christie, Willet, N.Y., attends SUNY Morrisville and majors in dairy science management
  • Grant Fincham, Manhattan, Kan., attends Kansas State University and majors in animal science
  • Austin Freund, Concordia, Mo., attends State Fair Community College and majors in agribusiness
  • Emma Gendron, Willet, N.Y., attends SUNY Cobleskill and majors in animal science/veterinary
  • Sarah Lammers, Hartington, Neb., attends Briar Cliff University and majors in environmental science
  • Sarah Lehner, Delaware, Ohio, attends The Ohio State University and majors in animal science
  • Laura Littrell, St. Johnsville, N.Y., attends SUNY Cobleskill and majors in agriculture science
  • Morgan Marotz, Wahoo, Neb., attends Wayne State College and majors in elementary education
  • Emily Mikel, Stafford, N.Y., attends SUNY Morrisville and majors in dairy management
  • Lani Ogle, Sarcoxie, Mo., attends Missouri State University and majors in animal science
  • Sammie Poldervaart, Orland, Calif., attends California State University, Chico and majors in animal science
  • Isabella Portner, Ames, Iowa, attends Iowa State University and majors in dairy science
  • Gavin Rankins, Cusseta, Ala., attends Auburn University and majors in animal science
  • Oliver Schmitz, Axtell, Kan., attends Kansas State University and majors in agricultural technology management
  • Tiffany Van Buren, Waupun, Wis., attends South Dakota State University and majors in dairy production
  • Brandy Walker, Cumby, Texas, attends Northeast Texas Community College and majors in agricultural science
  • Tyler Wehrenberg, Morrison, Okla., attends Oklahoma State University and majors in agribusiness
  • Hannah Weiman, Quincy, Ill., attends University of Wisconsin–Platteville and majors in dairy science

Graduate Students

  • Caio Aranha Gamarra, Manhattan, Kan., attending Kansas State University, pursuing a master’s in animal science
  • Brandon Carter, Raleigh, N.C., attending North Carolina State University, pursuing food science/dairy science
  • Kyle Karlen, Owen, Wis., attending University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine, pursuing food animal medicine
  • Alexandre Scanavez, Manhattan, Kan., attending Kansas State University and pursuing animal sciences
  • Emil Walleser, De Soto, Wis., attending University of Wisconsin–Madison School of Veterinary Medicine, pursuing a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine