Fact Sheet: 2013 DFA Cares Foundation Scholarships

March 20, 2013

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 six 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 29 recipients who will receive a combined total of $28,000.

The 2013 honorees include:

Pre-College Students
• Jill Dirksen, Bryant, Ind., planning to attend Purdue University and major in agriculture economics
• Amber Gabel, Newport, Pa., planning to attend Pennsylvania State University and major in animal science
• Francesca Gambonini, Petaluma, Calif., planning to attend Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and major in dairy science
• Tanner Gasper, Tipton, Kan., planning to attend Kansas State University and major in biological systems
• Sarah Hirsch, Eaton, Colo., planning to attend Colorado State University and major in veterinary science
• Andrew Krause, Buffalo, Minn., planning to attend University of Minnesota and major in animal science
• Ryan Pauly, Conway Springs, Kan., planning to attend Kansas State University and major in mechanical engineering
• McKenzie Rowley, Loyal, Wis., planning to attend University of Wisconsin and major in agriculture
• Audrey Schmitz, Axtell, Kan., planning to attend Kansas State University and major in agriculture
• Skylyn Webb, Delta, Colo., planning to attend Fort Lewis College and major in communications

Undergraduate Students
• Tyler Boyd, Parrottsville, Tenn., attending Virginia Tech and majoring in dairy science
• Kelsey Casebere, Clare, Mich., attending Iowa State University and majoring in dairy science
• Whitney Coats, Mountain Grove, Mo., attending Southwest Baptist University and majoring in biology
• Bethany Dado, Amery, Wis., attending University of Wisconsin and majoring in dairy science
• Kate Griswold, Black Earth, Wis., attending University of Wisconsin and majoring in life science
• Jenna Hill, Clyde, N.Y., attending Houghton College and majoring in biology
• Laura Holtzinger, Millville, Pa., attending Pennsylvania State University and majoring in animal science
• Cassandra Krull, Lake Mills, Wis., attending University of Wisconsin-Platteville and majoring in animal science (Central Milk Producers Cooperative George Hansen Memorial Scholarship recipient)
• Zane Lowrance, Conway, Mo., attending College of the Ozarks and majoring in agriculture
• Amy McBirney, Morgan Hill, Calif., attending Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and majoring in dairy science
• Amanda Moretti, Tomales, Calif., attending Cornell University and majoring in animal science
• Jacob Olsen, Fallon, Nev., attending Modesto Junior College and majoring in agribusiness
• Valerie Ponterio, Melrose, Wis., attending University of Wisconsin-River Falls and majoring in animal science
• Morgan Randall, Soldiers Grove, Wis., attending University of Wisconsin-River Falls and majoring in animal science
• Emma Reeves, Pulaski, Va., attending Virginia Tech and majoring in dairy science and animal and poultry sciences
• Nikole Steffenhagen, Rockford, Ill., attending Highland Community College and majoring in animal science
• Jana Zarybnicky, Odell, Neb., attending University of Nebraska–Kearney and majoring in agriculture business

Graduate Students
• Kimberly Buehner, White, S.D., attending South Dakota State University and majoring in dairy science with a minor in dairy manufacturing
• Julie Conner, Champaign, Ill., attending University of California Davis School of Veterinary Medicine