Six Wisconsin Students Earn $1,000

Eight students have been awarded $1,000 each in scholarships from CentralStar Cooperative, which serves dairy and beef producers in the Upper Midwest. Six hail from Wisconsin.

In addition to being children of cooperative member-stockowners, applicants were asked to summarize involvement and experiences that demonstrate their commitment to the agriculture industry. In addition, they answered five, short essays on various topics: agriculture-industry involvement, community volunteering, work experience, awards, and plans for the future.

“Our scholarship-selection team includes three board directors and one leadership-level employee team member,” says Dori Lichty, CentralStar communication specialist. “Applicants must be pursuing agriculture majors, so the selection committee really enjoys reading about their industry knowledge and experiences; the hard part is picking winners out of the group.”

Meet the winners:

Rick and Peggy Bangart’s daughter Emma Bangart of Stratford is in college at UW-River Falls.

Rachel Durst of Richland Center. Her parents are Loren and Julie Durst. She is attending UW-Platteville.

Austin Fahey of Edgar is a student at Fox Valley Technical College. His parents are James and Tammy Fahey.

UW-Madison student, Jenna Gries of Manitowoc is on the scholarship-recipient list. Jenna’s parents are Greg Gries and Lori Edwards.

Lora Korth of New London, child of Mike and Amy Korth, is attending UW-River Falls.

Northcentral Technical College student Mary Lewandowski of Hatley is the daughter of Bill and Sandy Lewandowski.

Kelsey Pasch of Michigan is attending Michigan State University. Kelsey’s parents are Abe and Misty Pasch.

Adam Baker of Michigan, son of Kim and Donna Baker, is attending Michigan State University.

One of the eight CentralStar scholarships, this year, was awarded in honor of retiring board member, Steve Abel of Eden. He served on the former East Central/Select Sires and CentralStar Cooperative Boards of Directors for 18 years.