EAST LANSING, MI
Megan Bush of Swartz Creek, MI., was chosen as the 2013-14 recipient of the Nick Bellows Scholarship from the Michigan Dairy Memorial and Scholarship Foundation Inc., at Michigan State University (MSU).
The $3,500 scholarship is named in honor of Nick Bellows, the former chief executive officer of the United Dairy Industry of Michigan (UDIM). The award is presented to an MSU student with a career interest in dairy promotions. Bush is the second recipient of the scholarship.
Bush is the daughter of George Bush and Elizabeth Fontenot. She received the award based on her academic achievements, involvement in extracurricular activities and interest in one-day attaining a career in agricultural marketing or communications or dairy-related sales. Bush is a junior majoring in agribusiness management and she hopes to pursue a career in dairy sales after graduation.
At MSU, Bush has been an active member of the MSU Dairy Club and is the organization's current second vice-president and co-chairperson of the club's Spartan Spectacular calf sale.
She was a member of the Michigan 4-H dairy judging team that placed first overall and first in oral reasons at the 2012 National 4-H Dairy Judging Contest and earned an invitation to travel to Europe to participate in an International Livestock Judging Tour in 2013. In this contest, Bush finished second place overall, fourth place in placing points only and fifth place in oral reasons. She was high individual in the Guernsey breed, third high individual in the Ayrshire breed and sixth place in Jerseys.
Bush is one of two senior Michigan Dairy Ambassadors for 2014 and secretary of the Michigan Junior Holstein Association. She will be completing an internship this upcoming summer with Zoetis. Bush is also a resident assistant in Wilson Hall.
The Nick Bellows Scholarship was established in 2011 by the UDIM board of directors and staff members to recognize Bellows for his two and a half decades of commitment and dedication as the organization's CEO. His record of service included directing the formation of many programs widely lauded as being among the nation's most effective in terms of increasing dairy consumption.
Bellows accomplished this by building a solid network of partners from the Michigan business and scientific communities who invested their credibility and financial resources in local dairy promotion programs. Additionally, in order to advance programming at the national level, he shared his time and expertise by serving as chair and committee member of several Dairy Management, Inc. program planning committees.
Bellows was born and raised on a 320-acre centennial dairy farm in Eaton Rapids where his family milked 40 Holsteins. After serving as an Army paratrooper in the 101st Airborne Division, he earned a bachelor's degree in telecommunications from MSU and a law degree from the Thomas M. Cooley Law School.
The Michigan Dairy Memorial and Scholarship Foundation awarded more than $92,000 in scholarships to 31 MSU students pursuing dairy industry-related programs of study for the 2013-2014 academic year.
For information on making contributions to honor members of the dairy industry or to support student scholarships, contact the MSU College of Agriculture and Natural Resources External Relations at 517-355-0284. To learn more about the Michigan Dairy Memorial and Scholarship Foundation, contact Dr. Miriam Weber Nielsen in the MSU Department of Animal Science at 517-432-5443.