The University of Wisconsin-Madison's Association of Women in Agriculture (AWA) recently awarded 18 scholarships, totaling $9,100 for the 2013-14 academic year.
Three student-members received $1,000 scholarships made possible by the Daughters and Demeter, a charitable organization made up of women interested in agriculture. Scholarship recipients included Bethany Dado, sophomore from Amery., majoring in Dairy Science and Genetics; Taylor Holterman, junior from Watertown, majoring in Life Sciences Communication; and Emily Selner, junior from Denmark, majoring in Life Sciences Communication and Agricultural and Applied Economics.
Three student-members received $500 scholarships in honor of Dr. David Dickson, Delma Woodburn, and Cynthia Benevenga. Rachel Hartlaub, sophomore from Cleveland, majoring in Dairy Science, received the Dr. David Dickson Memorial Scholarship; Michele Gutenberger, junior from Westby, majoring in Agricultural Business Management, was the recipient of the $500 Delma Woodburn Memorial Scholarship; and Kate Griswold, sophomore from Middleton. majoring in Life Sciences Communication received the Cynthia Benevenga Memorial Scholarship.
Dickson, known around the world for his dairy cattle evaluation and coaching skills, made significant financial contributions to AWA and mentored many members.
Woodburn, a 1921 economics graduate, who later went to UW-Madison's Farm and Industry Short Course, was the wife of UW Professor James Woodburn. She shared much interest in women's success in agriculture and provided both encouragement and financial resources to AWA.
Benevenga, wife of UW Professor Norlin (Ben) Benevenga, worked in central administration of the UW-Wisconsin system for 15 years and completed work for her bachelor's degree in economics in 1980. She served as president for Daughters of Demeter and often opened her home to UW-Madison students during holidays.
Erica Ballmer, sophomore from Janesville, majoring in Dairy Science and Life Sciences Communication; Jodi Berndston, junior from Horicon., majoring in Animal Science; and Kayla Krueger, sophomore majoring in Dairy Science and Life Sciences Communication from Marion, all received $500 AWA House Scholarships made possible by the generous support of AWA Alumni and friends.
Two student-members received $500 scholarships made possible by the Dr. Larry Satter fund. Satter, a world-renowned dairy scientist, served as AWA's long-time campus adviser. Recipients included Jamie Sawle, sophomore from Prairie du Sac, majoring in Agricultural Business Management and Entrepreneurship, and Alexus Butler, sophomore from Watertown., majoring in Animal Science.
The Satter fund also donated two $200 scholarships to Claire Scott, freshman from Gratiot majoring in Genetics, and Lindsey Hellenbrand, sophomore majoring in Dairy Science and Life Sciences Communication from Middleton.
Kaitlin Meyer, a junior majoring in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Plainview, MN, was awarded a $500 scholarship from the AWA fund.
Receiving $350 scholarships, also from the AWA fund, were Josie Dallam, sophomore majoring in Life Sciences Communication and Agronomy from Bel Air, MD.; Cassie Endres, junior majoring in Dairy Science and Life Sciences Communication from Waunakee; and Sydney Endres, freshman majoring in Dairy Science and Life Sciences Communication from Lodi.. Alex Korte, a junior majoring in Animal Science from Scales Mound, IL, received a $150 scholarship from the fund.
The Association of Women in Agriculture, headquartered on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus, is a professional, service and social organization that promotes agriculture and the development of women who serve the agricultural industry. For more information, visit www.uwmadisonawa.org.