FFA members awarded $31,000 from Foundation donors

Wisconsin FFA Foundation

MADISON – The Wisconsin FFA Foundation announced the winners of the 2018 post-secondary scholarships, which were recently awarded to 43 Wisconsin FFA members from 35 chapters. In total, $31,017 has been awarded to these students.

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Recipients of these awards will be recognized at the 89th Wisconsin FFA Convention in mid-June, as will the 29 sponsors of the annual Foundation scholarships.

Scholarships were awarded to seniors in high school, or students currently enrolled in a university or technical college. They must be in good standing with the Wisconsin Association of FFA and also maintain an acceptable scholastic record.

The 2018 Wisconsin FFA Foundation scholarships are made possible through the generous annual contributions and endowed funds by companies, industry organizations and individual donors. The scholarship program continues to grow and advance the Foundation’s mission of supporting agricultural education opportunities throughout Wisconsin.

“We’re grateful to be able to offer scholarships made possible by our benefactors’ annual gifts and endowment funds,” says John Hromyak, executive director of the Wisconsin FFA Foundation. “Their investment in our impressive and hard-working FFA members will make a life-changing impact as these students work toward their educational goals.”

Recipients and donors

Meikah Dado, Amery FFA, Equity Cooperative Livestock Sales Association; Deanna Meyer, Amery FFA — Wisconsin Agri-Business Association; Curtis Weltzien, Arcadia FFA — Star Blends; Noah Massie, Barron FFA, Brothers Endowment;Valerie Berend, Bay Port FFA — Virgil & Ann Martinson Endowment; Alexis Lins, Beaver Dam FFA — Robert & Herta Laatsch Family Endowment.        

Amelia Hayden, Big Foot FFA, Walter & Delores Bjoraker Endowment; Jessica Noble, Burlington FFA, Wisconsin Rural Opportunities Foundation; Anna Evenson, Cambridge FFA, Roundy's; Ciera Ballmer, Clinton FFA, Blain's Farm & Fleet; Zachary Gillespie, Clinton FFA, Matthew D. Anderson Endowment; Jules Buttles, Clintonville FFA, Kenneth K. Heideman Endowment.           

Keira Kapfhamer, Colby FFA, Mary Elstad & Dean Gagnon Endowment; Hannah Nelson, Ellsworth FFA, ANIMART; Brooke Trustem, Evansville FFA, Roundy's; Heather Griesmer, Hartford FFA, Robert Wohlford Memorial Scholarship; Brandon Strupp, Hartford FFA, Wisconsin Rural Opportunities Foundation; Sheila  Weninger, Hartford FFA, Wisconsin Agri-Business Association.    

Pearl Franke, La Farge FFA, Farmer Community Giving, Organic Valley; Amanda Attoe, Lodi FFA, GROWMARK; Samuel Jesse, Lodi FFA, Matthew D. Anderson Endowment; Casey Aschebrook, Marshfield FFA, Kenneth K. Heideman Endowment; Crystal Cafferty, Mauston FFA, Dr. Gordon J. Iverson Endowment;        Brooke Brantner, Menomonie FFA, Wisconsin FFA Convention.

Morgan Fitzimmons, Mineral Point FFA, Matthew D. Anderson Endowment; Dylan Steiner, Monroe FFA, Rodney O. Kittelsen Endowment; Teagan Turba, New Holstein FFA, Kenneth K. Heideman Endowment; Kathryn Ann Lampi, Owen-Withee FFA,  Matthew D. Anderson Endowment; Colleen Toberman, Parkview FFA, Badger State Ethanol; Erica Helmer, Plymouth FFA, Blain's Farm & Fleet.

Alexis Kwak, Prairie Farm FFA, ConAgra; Abigail Solum, Rice Lake FFA, WPS Farm Show Food Vendors; Montana Lins, Riverdale FFA, Jon Anderson Scholarship; Anne Runde, Rock FFA, ANIMART; Sarah Albers, Sauk Prairie FFA, Equity Cooperative Livestock Sales Association; Dylan Herbrand, Sauk Prairie FFA, Harold & Geneva Beals Endowment.

Jared Mack, Sauk Prairie FFA, Arnold & Katherine Cordes Endowment; Katelynn Zimmerman, Spencer FFA, Wisconsin Agri-Business Association; Ashley Zimmerman, Spencer FFA, Louis M. Sasman for the Kiwanis Club of Downtown Madison Endowment; Trenda Conant, Tomah FFA, John & Hattie Van Wychen Endowment;  Kiana Leeder, Verona FFA, Wisconsin Agri-Business Association; Justin Ehrhart, Waterford FFA, GROWMARK; Erin Montgomery, Waupaca FFA — Bernie & Marty Staller Endowment.