The Baraboo-based Equity Cooperative Livestock Sales Association has announced the names of 10 college students who will receive $1,000 scholarships and two technical college students who will receive $750 scholarships.
The winners were chosen from more than 70 applicants this year. The scholarships are funded through Equity Cooperative Livestock Sales Association and then forwarded and selected by the Cooperative Network's Federated Youth Foundation. To be eligible, students or their parents are patron members of Equity Cooperative Livestock.
Applicants must have completed at least two semesters at a post secondary college or university and at least one semester at a technical school, as well as maintain a GPA of 3.0 or above on a 4.0 scale.
Winning $1,000 scholarship recipients include the following:
·Sydney Endres, Lodi, studying dairy science and life sciences communication at the University of Wisconsin-Madison
·Roger Becker, Pardeeville, studying chemical engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison
·Melissa LeCaptain, Mishicot, studying education at the University of Wisconsin-Manitowoc
·Ashley Bergsbaken, Bonduel, studying agricultural marketing communications at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls
·Bryan Wieichelt, Stratford, receiving his doctorate in biomedical and health informatica at theUniversity of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
·Ann Denk, Mondovi, studying animal science at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls
·McKenna Gruber, Mondovi, studying agribusiness at North Dakota State University
·Katherine Larson, Viroqua, studying agribusiness at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville
·Emily Hefty, Mount Horeb, studying soil and crop science at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville
·Dakota Lins, Avoca, studying agribusiness at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville
·Leah Elsbernd, Calmar, Iowa, studying dairy science with a pre-vet option at Iowa State University
Winning $750 technical college scholarship recipients include the following:
·Kelley Koester, Elizabeth, Illinois, studying agribusiness at Blackhawk Technical College East
·Brandi Zawislan, Unity, Wisconsin, studying nursing at Northcentral Wisconsin Technical College
Applicants were judged on their scholastic achievement; extra curricular activities; leadership abilities; academic and personal goals; and an essay summarizing educational goals and future career plans.
Equity operates 12 auction markets and services producers in six states with the marketing, managing and financing of their agricultural business.