DENMARK, WI - The National Dairy Shrine will provide 40 scholarships worth more than $45,000 to students at their annual scholarship & awards banquet on Thursday, Oct. 4 in Madison, Wisconsin.

Among the recipients are the following students from Wisconsin.

Kidee Scholarship

Trent Dado, of Amery, has been selected as this year’s recipient of the H.H. Kildee Undergraduate Studies $1,000 Scholarship. He attended the University of Minnesota and majored in Animal Science.

Senior Student Recognition Scholarships

The NDS Senior Student Recognition program recognizes graduating seniors planning a career related to the dairy industry who have demonstrated outstanding leadership, academic ability, and a sincere interest in dairy cattle.

Each university is allowed to nominate up to two candidates for this recognition in any given year. The highest winner receives a $2,000 award, the second a $1,500 award and the other winners receive $1,000 awards.

Laura Jensen, of Comstock, was selected for the second award of $1,500. She is graduating from the University of Minnesota with a degree in Animal Science.

The $1,000 recipient is Jordan Siemers from Elkhart Lake, who received an Animal Science degree from Cornell University.

NDS / DMI Milk Marketing and Dairy Products Scholarships

These generous scholarships are made possible by Dairy Management Inc. and NDS to encourage students to pursue careers in dairy product or milk marketing, dairy product development and/or quality control or similar roles in the dairy and food industries.

Brooke Roberts, of Whitelaw, who is attending the University of Minnesota majoring in Agricultural Communications is one of four students awarded $1,000 scholarships. 

NDS/DMI Education & Communication Scholarships

These generous scholarships are made possible by Dairy Management Inc. and NDS to encourage students to pursue education or communication careers in the dairy product industry or related food industries. Major areas include Marketing, Education, Food Science, Nutrition (Human), Public Relations, Promotion, Social Media and Communications.

Brooke Trustem, from Evansville, who attends the University of Wisconsin-Madison and is majoring in Dairy Science was one of five undergraduate students awarded $1,000 scholarships. 

Merton Sowerby Junior Merit Scholarships

The Merton Sowerby Junior Merit Scholarships are designed to encourage qualified undergraduate students to pursue careers in the dairy industry or related occupations. This scholarship is named in honor of National Dairy Hall of Fame Pioneer and Klussendorf recipient Merton Sowerby.

Erica Helmer, of Plymouth, who is attending the University of Wisconsin – River Falls majoring in Dairy Science was among five students awarded $1,000 scholarships.

Maurice Core Scholarships

These $1000 scholarships are given in honor of Maurice Core, the long-time Executive Secretary of the American Jersey Cattle Association, and former Executive Director of the National Dairy Shrine. The funds for this award were donated by the friends of Maurice Core. The Core Scholarships are given to freshman status students working toward a degree in dairy/animal science or related majors.

Receiving Maurice Core $1,000 Scholarships are Summer Henschel, of Plymouth, who is a student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison majoring in Dairy Science with a Pre-Vet Emphasis. Next is Kalista Hodorff, from Eden, who is majoring in Dairy Science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, then Madeline Zutz, of Valders, who is a student at the University of Minnesota majoring in Animal Science.

All of these college freshmen have been excellent students and already very active in campus activities.   

Marshall McCullough Communication Scholarships

The Marshall E. McCullough Scholarships are given in memory of Marshall McCullough, the well-respected nutrition researcher and educator from Georgia. This scholarship is presented to two high school seniors planning to attend a four-year college or university to major in an agricultural communications field.

Receiving the $2,000 McCullough scholarship is Ashley Hagenow, of Poynette. She plans to use this scholarship as she continues her education at the University of Minnesota, where she will major in Agricultural Communications and Marketing with a minor in Animal Science.

The annual National Dairy Shrine Scholarship and Awards Banquet will be held in Madison at 5:30 p.m., on Thursday Oct. 4. 

For more information about the students being recognized by National Dairy Shrine or tickets for the Awards Banquet, contact the NDS office at 

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