National Dairy Shrine announces youth scholarships

National Dairy Shrine
National Dairy Shrine

DENMARK, Wis - The National Dairy Shrine announced this year's scholarship and recognition award winners.

Each year, students attending schools, colleges or universities majoring in dairy industry or other agricultural related fields are eligible to apply. Wisconsin winners are as follows:

DMI Awards Milk & Dairy Product Scholarships

Brooke Roberts

These 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 & food industries.

Brooke Roberts of Whitelaw, is attending the University of Minnesota majoring in Agricultural Communications & Marketing with a minor in Animal Science. Her experience with the campus National Agri-Marketing Association led to an internship with the Minnesota Beef Council. This has inspired her to plan on a career in agriculture utilizing her communications and marketing skills. 

Kildee Scholarships

This scholarship has been awarded since 1950 to an outstanding graduate student in a dairy related field. 

Trent Dado of Amery, has been selected as this year’s recipient of the H.H. Kildee Undergraduate Studies $1000 Scholarship. He attended the University of Minnesota and majored in Animal Science. Trent is enrolled at the University of Minnesota for a Masters Degree in Ruminant Nutrition. His ultimate goal is to work for an animal nutrition company in on-farm research trials or as a nutrition consultant.

Trent Dado
Ashley Hagenow

McCullough Scholarships

Ashley Hagenow of Poynette is one of two recipients of the 2018 Marshall E. McCullough Scholarships. This award is presented to two high school seniors planning to attend a four-year college or university to major in an agricultural communications field. Ashley 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.

She is currently serving as a State FFA officer. Ashley states “I see myself as an advocate and a voice for both dairy and agriculture. I believe in the feeling of community and the passion that drives dairy people and I want to play a role in delivering that message to so many people who do not know about the positives of agriculture.”

DMI Awards Education & Communication Scholarships

These scholarships made possible by Dairy Management Inc. and NDS encourage students to pursue education or communication careers in the dairy product industry or related food industries. Brooke Trustem from Evansville, is a recipient. She attends the University of Wisconsin-Madison and is majoring in Dairy Science. Her future goals include helping farmers improve their milk quality & animal welfare while educating consumers about dairy.

Brooke Trustem

Student Recognition Scholarships

The 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.

Laura Jensen of Comstock, was presented a $1500 award. She is graduating from the University of Minnesota with a degree in Animal Science. She plans on attending graduate school to study dairy genetics or reproductive physiology.

Jordan Siemers of Elkhart Lake was the recipient of a $1000 award. He received an Animal Science degree from Cornell University. After several valuable internships focusing on genetics and marketing, Jordan is now employed as a Sire Analyst at Select Sires. 

Laura Jensen
Jordan Siemers

Merton Sowerby Junior Scholarships

These scholarships are designed to encourage qualified Junior status undergraduate students to pursue careers in the dairy industry or related occupations. Receiving this award is Erica Helmer of Plymouth, a student at the University of Wisconsin – River Falls majoring in Dairy Science. Helmer plans to attend graduate school in dairy genetics. 

Erica Helmer

Core Scholarships

These $1000 Core Scholarships are given to freshman status students working toward a degree in dairy/animal science or related majors and demonstrating growing leadership skills.

Summer Henschel of Plymouth, is a student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison majoring in Dairy Science with a Pre-Vet Emphasis. Summer would ultimately like to become a dairy veterinarian.

Kalista Hodorff from Eden, is majoring in Dairy Science with an emphasis in Spanish at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In the future, Kalista would like to become a member of the management team at her home dairy and ultimately a part owner.

Madeline Zutz of Valders, is a student at the University of Minnesota majoring in Animal Science. After years of interning with her local veterinarians, Madeline plans on becoming a large animal veterinarian.

Kalista Hodorff
Madeline Zutz
Summer Henschel

The annual National Dairy Shrine Scholarship & Awards Banquet will be held in Madison, Wisconsin, on Thursday October 4th at 5:30 PM. For more information, contact the NDS office at