Every year Accelerated Genetics awards scholarships to youth both entering and already enrolled in college who, are working towards an agricultural-related degree.
“Youth are the foundation of the future of the agricultural industry and Accelerated Genetics wants to ensure that the next generation is well prepared,” says Joel Groskreutz, Accelerated Genetics President and CEO.
Four $500.00 scholarships were awarded to youth just graduating from high school and beginning their college education. The 2014 recipients are Caitlin Lopes, Los Banos, Calif.; Jordan Siemers, Newton, Wis.; Riley Lewis, LaGrange, Ind.; Matthew Ruby, Visalia, Calif..
Caitlin Lopes is a recent graduate of Los Banos High School and will be attending Califorina Polytechnic State University or the University of Wisconsin-Madison this fall. Caitlin hopes to continue her passion for dairy by majoring in Dairy Science. She hopes that one day she can continue her education and obtain a master’s degree in Dairy Cattle Reproductive Technology.
Jordan Siemers will be a freshman at Cornell University this fall majoring in Animal Science and Agribusiness. Jordan is a strong advocate for the dairy industry where his passion falls with Registered Holstein cattle. He hopes to one-day return to the family dairy farm, Siemers Hosteins, to continue to improve the next generation of the herd.
Riley Lewis plans to have a large Brown Swiss herd after gaining experience in the industryafter attending Purdue University. Riley plans to major in Agricultural Economics to help him better prepare for his future farm business venture.
Matthew Ruby is going to be attending California Polytechnic State University this fall majoring in Dairy Science. Matthew hopes that he can become involved in many different clubs and organizations while attending college. He hope to complete one of his goals of traveling to World Dairy Expo, with further hopes of being there with the dairy judging team that he would like to be a part of.
Two $1,000.00 scholarships were awarded to students currently enrolled in agricultural programs at college. Accelerated Genetics works with the National FFA organization to select these students and the 2014 recipients are Amber Gabel from Newport, Penn.,, and Jaden Carlson from Pipestone, Minn.
Amber Gabel is attending Pennsylvania State University where she is studying Animal Science with hopes of becoming a large animal veterinarian. Jaden Carlson is pursuing Biotechnology to become a Research Microbiologist at North Dakota State University.
Written by Cassandra Krull – Accelerated Genetics Press Release