FarmFirst Dairy Cooperative is proud to award $27,000 in scholarships to 19 deserving individuals this year. This year marks the tenth year the cooperative has been generously giving scholarships, for a grand total of 224 recipients totaling nearly $208,000.
“FarmFirst has always held a strong belief that its important to invest and support the education of future generations. Through education, our next generation will bring new ideas and technology to their communities and the industry, to ensure continued growth and development,” says Jeff Lyon, General Manager of FarmFirst Dairy Cooperative.
“Preparing today’s students for tomorrow’s success begins with investing in their future. This scholarship program is exactly that – an investment in the youth of the cooperative. Made possible by the commitment of members and board leaders throughout the years, this support proves to be invaluable to the students the program serves,” says John Rettler, dairy farmer from Neosho, Wis. and President of FarmFirst Dairy Cooperative.
This year’s scholarship recipients include: Kacy Anderson of Mindoro, Wis.; Alane Artac of Greenwood, Wis.; Emma Bangart of Stratford, Wis.; Brittany Bauer of Marshfield, Wis.; Emily Bittelman of Westfield, Wis.; Tyler Bohnert of East Moline, Ill.; Brady Dehnke of Augusta, Wis.; Delana Erbsen of Lanark, Ill.; Breann Flannery of Argyle, Wis.; Grace Kling of Taylor, Wis.; Jacob Knigge of Omro, Wis.; Lora Korth of New London, Wis.; Kelsie Kreklau of Stetsonville, Wis.; Brooke Lebal of Kennan, Wis.; Mary Lewandowski of Hatley, Wis.; Jacob Matyka of Rib Lake, Wis.; Ian Riehle of Edgar, Wis.; Calli Storms of Muscoda, Wis.; and Ezekial Wagner of Seymour, Wis.
Scholarship recipients were selected based on leadership, scholastic achievement, extracurricular activities, essay responses and their future plans and career goals. All members of FarmFirst Dairy Cooperative and their children attending four-year universities, two-year technical programs or short courses and high school seniors planning for postsecondary education were eligible to apply for the scholarships.