The National Dairy Shrine is pleased to announce the winners of the Mike Lancaster Sophomore Merit Scholarships for 2017.
The Mike Lancaster Sophomore Merit Scholarships are designed to encourage qualified sophomore status undergraduate students to pursue careers in the dairy industry or related occupations. This scholarship is named in honor of Distinguished Dairy Cattle Breeder and Klussendorf recipient Mike Lancaster.
Trent Dado of Amery, Wisconsin has been awarded the top scholarship of $1500. Trent is majoring in Animal Science at the University of Minnesota. Trent has excelled in dairy cattle judging being the high individual in the national 4-H and FFA contests. Mr. Dado has been active in the Gopher Dairy Club, Farm House Fraternity, NAMA and the Agriculture Education club. His future goals include being consultant of dairy nutrition researcher. Additionally, four other undergraduate students have been awarded $1000 scholarships.
The next recipient is Haely Leiding of Fountain, Minnesota, who is majoring in Agricultural Education at the University of Minnesota where she has been active in the Gopher Dairy Club, Beta of Clovia Sorority, Agricultural Education club and Minnesota Junior Holstein Association where she serves as President. Haely plans on being an agricultural education teacher of a communications specialist for a dairy company.
Jared Sanderson from Sandusky, Michigan, who is attending Michigan State University majoring in Animal Science has been active in the MSU Dairy Club, the Block & Bridle club, and Dairy Challenge. Jared has studied dairy in Holland, Belgium and Germany during the summer. Jared plans on becoming a large animal veterinarian practicing on family dairy farms.
Tony Rice of Mount Pleasant Mills, Pennsylvania, who is attending Penn State University and majoring in Agricultural Business Management has been active in Agriculture Future of America, Agriculture Student Council, Coaly Agricultural Honor Society, Pennsylvania FFA and the National Young Farmers Educational Association. Tony plans on a future in dairy marketing or government liaison for a dairy cooperative or working with USDA Agricultural Marketing Service.
The final recipient is Elisabeth Regusci of Modesto, California who is majoring in Dairy Science at Cal Poly. Elizabeth has been active in Los Lecheros Dairy Club dairy judging and the American Dairy Science Student Affiliate organization. She is an active member of the national & California Brown Swiss and Holstein Junior Associations. Elisabeth would like to become a dairy veterinarian in the Central Valley of California.
The annual National Dairy Shrine Scholarship & Awards Banquet will be held in Madison, Wisconsin, on Thursday October 5th at 5:30 PM. For more information about the students being recognized by National Dairy Shrine or tickets for the Awards Banquet, contact the NDS office at [email protected]. Additional information on National Dairy Shrine membership or other activities is also available at www.dairyshrine.org.Dairy enthusiasts are encouraged to become a part of the most important dairy organization helping to inspire future dairy leaders, honor current dairy leaders, preserve dairy history, and promote the dairy industry.