Applications available for 2016 National Dairy Herd Information scholarships

Applications available for 2016 National Dairy Herd Information scholarships

21 young people earned DHIA scholarships in 2015; Applications are due Oct. 15, 2015

The 2016 National Dairy Herd Information Association Scholarship application is now posted on the National DHIA website. Applications are due Oct. 15, 2015.

To be eligible for a National DHIA scholarship, applicants must be a family member or employee of a herd on DHI test, a family member of a DHI employee, or an employee of a DHI affiliate. The DHI affiliate for the herd or affiliate employee must be a National DHIA member.

For the scholarships, judges evaluate applicants on scholastic achievements, leadership in school and community activities, and responses to DHI- and career-related questions.

2015 winners

The 2016 National Dairy Herd Information Association Scholarship application is now posted on the National DHIA website.

The DHIA Scholarship Committee earlier this year selected 21 high school seniors and college students as recipients of $750 scholarships.

2015 National DHIA scholarship winners were: Allyson Balmer, Manheim, Pa.; Casey Baxter, Columbia Cross Roads, Pa.; Anna Culbertson, Pine Island, Minn.; Malinda Heisey, Manheim, Pa.; Haley Hinrichs, Goodhue, Minn.; Natalie Horning, Manchester, Mich.; Morgan Krause, Buffalo, Minn.; Haely Leiding, Fountain, Minn.; Kayla Leiding, Fountain, Minn.; Riley Lewis, LaGrange, Ind.; Haley Peterson, Filer, Idaho; Matthew Raak, Jasper, Minn.; Austin Schmitt, Rice, Minn.; Katie Schmitt, Rice, Minn.; Jacob Shaffer, Beavertown, Pa.; Sierra Solum, Rice Lake, Wis.; Libby Venema, Deford, Mich.; Madysen White, Ogden, Utah; Kayla Windecker, Frankfort, N.Y.; and Deanna Zernicke, Bonduel, Wis.

2015 marked the seventh consecutive year for awarding a scholarship in memory of Joe Drexler, who worked for NorthStar Cooperative DHI Services.

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Kaila Wussow, daughter of Ron and Nicolle Wussow, Cecil, Wis., is the 2015 recipient. NorthStar members and employees, friends and family contributed nearly $10,000 to establish this scholarship fund.

Money generated from the annual National DHIA Scholarship Auction primarily funds the organization's scholarship program. Investments and donations also help build the fund.

To make a donation to the fund, contact National DHIA Communications and Events Manager JoDee Sattler at 608-848-6455, ext. 112, or [email protected].

Source: National DHIA

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