AWAA awards scholarships for 2016-2017

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The University of Wisconsin-Madison Association of Women in Agriculture (AWA) recently awarded 15 scholarships, totaling $8,250 for the 2016‐2017 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 Sydney Endres, junior from Lodi, majoring in Dairy Science and Life Sciences Communication; Mariah Martin, sophomore from Brooklyn, majoring in Life Sciences Communication; and McKenzie Rowley, junior from Loyal, majoring in Life Sciences Communication.

Four student members received scholarships in honor of Dr. Larry Satter, Dr. David Dickson, Delma Woodburn, and Cynthia Benevenga.

Abigail Martin, sophomore from Janesville, majoring in Dairy Science, received the Dr. Larry Satter Memorial Scholarship. Sara Griswold, sophomore from Black Earth, majoring in Life Sciences Communications and Dairy Science, received the Dr. David Dickson Memorial Scholarship; Natalie Endres, junior from Waunakee, majoring in Agricultural Business Management, was the recipient of the $500 Delma Woodburn Memorial Scholarship; and Elizabeth Sarbacker, sophomore from Verona, majoring in Dairy Science received the Cynthia Benevenga Memorial Scholarship.

Additionally, Savannah Waller from Janesville, majoring in Life Sciences Communications and Agronomy, received the $250 Dr. Larry Satter Memorial Scholarship.

Satter, a world-renowned dairy scientist, served as AWA's long-time campus advisor. 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' Farm and Industry Short Course, was the wife of UW Professor James Woodburn. She shared much interest in women' 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' degree in economics in 1980. She served as president for Daughters of Demeter and often opened her home to UW-Madison students during holidays.

Danielle Warmka, freshman from Fox Lake, majoring in Dairy Science; Ciera Ballmer, freshman from Janesville, majoring in Dairy Science; and Riley Miller, freshman majoring in Dairy Science from Orfordville, all received $500 AWA House Resident Scholarships made possible by the generous support of AWA Alumni and friends.

Two student members received $500 AWA Active Member Scholarships. Alison Wedig, a sophomore majoring in Life Sciences Communications, from Darlington, and Taylre Wilke, a sophomore majoring in Agricultural Business Management, from Loyal, both were scholarship recipients.

Emily Schultz, senior from Green Bay, majoring in Biological Systems Engineering; and Megan Jass, junior from Clinton, majoring in Animal Science, both received $250 AWA Active Member Scholarships.

A new scholarship in memory of sister Nicole Bangart was added this year. Megan Skiba, a sophomore majoring in Dairy Science, from Cambridge, MN, was the recipient of this $500 scholarship. 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.