DFA Names 2011 Scholarship Recipients

March 23, 2011

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – 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 four 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 includes 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 14 recipients who will receive a combined total of $15,750. The 2011 honorees include:

Abigail Andrew of Springville, N.Y., is a sophomore at Buffalo State College in New York, majoring in dietetics. She also received a bachelor’s degree in animal science with an emphasis in dairy science from Cornell University in 2009. Andrew plans to use her dietetic registration to educate families and producers about growing healthy and nutrient-dense crops domestically and abroad. Her parents are members of Dairylea, a DFA member cooperative.

Justin Bowles of Preston, Idaho, is a junior at the University of Idaho in Moscow, majoring in animal science with a Spanish minor. Upon graduation, Bowles plans to enter the four-year veterinary medicine program at Washington State University and work at a large animal vet clinic in a rural community once his studies are complete. His parents are DFA members.

Lisa Lageschaar of Pickton, Texas, is a sophomore at Northeast Texas Community College in Mount Pleasant, majoring in agriculture with a minor in genetics. In the fall, she will transfer to Tarleton State University in Stephenville, Texas, to pursue a major in international agriculture. She is interested in genetics and has participated in her family farm’s breeding program. Her parents are DFA members.

Karessa Mann of Hilmar, Calif., is a sophomore at Modesto Junior College in Modesto, double majoring in dairy and agriculture science with a minor in agriculture communications. Upon graduation, Mann plans to be an advocate and spokeswoman for the dairy industry to help bridge the gap between misconception and understanding of industry-related topics.

Amanda Moretti of Petaluma, Calif., is a high school senior at Tomales High School in Tomales, Calif. She plans to attend Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y., and major in animal science this fall. After graduation, Moretti hopes to use her dairy experience at a financial or marketing firm to help others in the field market their products or manage their dairies.

Katharine Nye of Delta, Utah, will attend California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo this fall and major in dairy science and agribusiness. For the past year, Nye has served as an FFA state officer. Her parents are DFA members.

Megan Rice of Firth, Neb., is a junior at South Dakota State University in Brookings, majoring in dairy production and dairy manufacturing. Rice hopes to one day own her own dairy operation. Her parents are DFA members.

Bill Squire of Hagerman, N.M., is a junior at Eastern New Mexico University in Portales, majoring in animal and dairy science with a pre-veterinary emphasis and biology minor. He has worked on his family’s DFA member-farm for more than 15 years.

Justin Squire of Hagerman, N.M., is a junior at Eastern New Mexico University in Portales, majoring in biology with a minor in agriculture. Squire hopes to enter a dual six-year law/medicine program in the future. His parents are DFA members.

Laura Stockwell of Hudson, Ind., is a freshman at Purdue University in West Lafayette, majoring in agriculture sales and marketing with a minor in animal science. She plans to focus her career on dairy nutrition upon graduation. Stockwell would also like to obtain her master’s degree in ruminate nutrition after working in the field for a few years after graduation. Her parents are DFA members.

Meghan Vaill of Vernon, N.Y., is a high school senior at Vernon-Verona-Sherrill Central School in Verona, N.Y. She plans to attend Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y., this fall and major in animal science. After earning her bachelor’s degree, Vaill hopes to attend veterinary school and focus on large animals. Her parents are members of Dairylea.

Emily Waggoner of Pendleton, S.C., is a graduate student at the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine in Athens, Ga. Upon graduation, Waggoner hopes to return to the dairy industry in dairy production medicine and management. Upon starting her career, she plans to be a resource for smaller dairies to help them become more profitable.

Roxanne Wallace of Tipton, Kan., is majoring in veterinary medicine at Oklahoma State University Center for Veterinary Health Sciences in Stillwater. After graduation, she plans to practice large and small veterinary medicine in a rural area or small town. Wallace’s parents are DFA members.

Luke Zeisler of Butte, Neb., is a high school senior at West Boyd Public Schools in Spencer, Neb. He plans to attend Mitchell Technical Institute in Mitchell, S.D., this fall and major in agriculture technology. Zeisler would like to one day own and operate the family farm. His parents are DFA members.