DFA Announces 2012 Scholarship Recipients

March 21, 2012

Dairy Farmers of America, Inc. (DFA) recognizes the importance of developing future leaders in the dairy industry, and is committed to investing in their education. Since its inception five 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 19 recipients who will receive a combined total of $19,750.

The 2012 honorees include:

Mikayla Conrad — New Holland, Ohio
Westfall High School
Expected Major: Agriculture
Communications or Animal Science

Jacob Dueppengiesser — Perry, N.Y.
Perry Central School
Expected Major: Animal Science

Jessica Hammerand — Epworth, Iowa
Iowa State University
Major: Dairy Science and Biology

Maggie Harding — State College, Pa.
Pennsylvania State University
Major: Food Science

Ashlie Hardy — Farmington, Maine
Mount Blue High School
Expected Major: Dairy Science

Emily Jackson — Waco, Texas
Butler Community College
Major: Agricultural Leadership
and Development
Minor: Animal Science

April Johnson — Heron Lake, Minn.
South Dakota State University
Major: Dairy Production
Minor: Animal Science

Isaac Jones — Centre, Ala.
Auburn University
Major: Animal Science
and Biosystems Engineering

Natalie Laubner — Mandan, N.D.
Kansas State University
Major: Animal Science

John Long Jr. — Amherst, Texas
Texas A&M University
Major: Animal Science
Minor: Agribusiness

Calvin Patten — Alexander, N.Y.
Cornell University
Major: Biological Engineering

Emma Reeves — Dublin, Va.
Pulaski County High School
Expected Major: Dairy Science

Wesley Robinson — Laurens, S.C.
Texas Tech University
Major: Agricultural Education

Austin Schmitz — Axtell, Kan.
Axtell Junior-Senior High School
Major: Biological and Agricultural

Annie Specht — Bryan, Texas
Texas A&M University
Major: Agricultural Leadership, Education
and Communications

Matthew Sweeney — Appleton, N.Y.
Cornell University
Major: Agriculture Science Education
and Animal Science
Minor: Biology

Ariel Waldeck — Upton, Ky.
University of Kentucky
Major: Agricultural Communications
Minor: History

Helen Wick — Stilwell, Okla.
Oklahoma State University
Major: Veterinary Medicine

Kai Yuan — Manhattan, Kan.
Kansas State University
Major: Animal Science (dairy nutrition)
PhD program