More than $30,000 is awarded in undergraduate education scholarships
HARRISBURG, PA – The Center for Dairy Excellence Foundation and Pennsylvania Dairymen’s Association have selected 10 outstanding undergraduate students as recipients of the 2016 Student Leader Scholarship awards. These ten students will each receive a $3,000 scholarship to support their undergraduate studies and encourage them to continue to pursue a career specifically in the dairy industry.
“All 40 applicants we received this year were nothing short of outstanding and demonstrated tremendous leadership, character and passion for the dairy industry,” stated Jayne Sebright, executive director of the Center for Dairy Excellence. “We appreciate the additional support from Pennsylvania Dairymen’s Association to award three more scholarships this year, giving us the opportunity to recognize even more of these outstanding candidates.”
The purpose of these scholarships is to recognize, encourage and financially assist superior students enrolled in dairy related academic programs. Eight of these scholarships are generously supported by the Pennsylvania Dairymen’s Association, with the remaining funded by the Center for Dairy Excellence Foundation of Pennsylvania.
“In looking over the applicants, it is obvious our industry has a very bright future here in Pennsylvania,” said David Smith, executive director of the Pennsylvania Dairymen’s Association. “We are pleased to join the Center Foundation in supporting this program and are excited about what these applications demonstrate in dairy’s next generation.”
Consideration for these scholarships is given to Pennsylvania residents who are full-time undergraduate students currently enrolled or planning to enroll in an eligible field of study. Qualifying majors include but are not limited to: Animal Science, Agricultural Business, Communications, Engineering, or Marketing as well as Agricultural and Extension Education, Dairy Science, Food Science, or Nutrition.
This year’s recipients include:
Catherine “Katie” Anderson, a sophomore at Pennsylvania Highlands Community College studying Business Management. A Huntingdon County native who grew up in Three Springs, Katie is the daughter of Wayne and Carrie Anderson and resides on her family’s small diversified livestock farm. After graduation, Katie hopes to one day manage a dairy farm while continuing to be active in dairy promotion.
Paul Brown, a junior studying Agribusiness Management at the Pennsylvania State University. The son of Jennie and Dale Brown, Paul lives and works on his family’s 950-cow dairy, Jo-Bo Holsteins, located in Gettysburg. Paul states that to bridge the gap between consumers and the producers, the dairy industry must be open to hosting visitors to the farm and answering all types of questions they may have. In the future, Paul hopes to either be working on a dairy or involved in assisting producers.
Josh Brubaker, is studying Agribusiness Management and a junior at the Pennsylvania State University. Josh is the son of Michael and Lisa Brubaker who reside on Brubaker Farms located in Mount Joy. On the farm, Josh has been most active in calf and heifer management but now also assists with cow health and reproduction. Upon graduation, Josh plans to go back to his family’s dairy where he intends on using the knowledge he gained in the classroom to further his farms efficiency and profitability.
Matt Harnish, a freshman at Northeast Iowa Community College studying Dairy Science. A Lancaster County native, Matt is the son of Barry and Vicki Harnish of Willow Street, Pa and grew up on his family’s 85-cow dairy. Active in the FFA, Matt served as the Garden Spot FFA Chapter President this past year and worked on two dairy operations. In the future, Matt hopes to start his own dairy operation where he would focus on milk quality and operate a cow-calf raising operation.
Leah Hershberger-Weisel, a junior studying Business at the Pennsylvania State University, World Campus. Leah is the daughter of Ross and Yvonne Hershberger of Martinsburg located in Blair County. Throughout her undergraduate career, Leah has obtained an Associate’s Degree in Agribusiness Management and is a certified artificial inseminator. Currently, the flexibility of online classes allows her to also be employed full-time on her family’s dairy where she is the calf manager. Upon graduation, Leah hopes to become a herdswoman on a dairy operation.
Katie Hess, studying Animal Science and a junior at the Pennsylvania State University. A resident of Lancaster, Katie is the daughter of David and Starla Hess and lives on her family’s dairy farm. On the farm, Katie assists with making herd management decisions as well as everyday on-farm responsibilities. Interested in animal nutrition, Katie hopes to obtain an internship with a feed company and then one day work as a dairy sales consultant.
Laura Lesher, a junior studying Animal Science at the Pennsylvania State University. The daughter of William and Lolly Lesher of Way-Har Farms, Laura resides in Bernville, Berks County. Laura previously served as the Pennsylvania Junior Holstein Association President and was honored as a Young Distinguished Junior Member finalist. Upon graduation, Laura hopes to work on a dairy farm to learn various dairying methods and then one day return to her family’s dairy where she would be the fourth generation.
Maria Jo Noble is studying Community Relations & Public Affairs and a senior at SUNY Empire State College. Maria is the daughter of Stuart and Elaine Noble who own and operate Nobledale Farm in Gillet, Bradford County. A past Pennsylvania State Dairy Princess, Maria is passionate about dairy promotion and bridging the gap between consumers and dairy producers. Upon graduation, Maria wants to pursue a career in communications and dairy promotion and then going back to her family’s farm to start a cheese making business.
Katie Osborne, is entering her senior year at Wake Forest University studying biology. The daughter of James and Irene Osbourne, Katie grew up on enjoying her grandparent’s dairy farm and now her own small show herd. After one of her cows contracted chronic mastitis, Katie became extremely interested in researching the illness, which has since turned into her Honors thesis. After graduating from Wake Forest University, Katie plans on attending vet school and obtaining a PhD for her mastitis research.
Emily Shaw, is studying Agribusiness Management and entering her senior year at the Pennsylvania State University. The daughter of Steve and Karyn Shaw, Emily grew up in Williamsburg, Blair County, and currently serves as the Penn State Dairy Science Club President. While she didn’t grow up on a typical dairy operation, Emily assists on her family’s small heifer raising operation and has interned on a large dairy in Georgia. Upon graduation, Emily hopes to pursue a career in agribusiness, specifically in finance.
Selection of the scholarship winners was based on the completed application within the following criteria: academic performance; apparent commitment to a career related to the dairy industry; evidence of leadership, character and integrity; and application compliance.
To learn more about the Student Leader Scholarships, visit www.centerfordairyexcellence.org and click on “Scholarships” under the “Student & Educator” tab. For more information on how to support the scholarship fund within the Center for Dairy Excellence Foundation of Pennsylvania, click on “Our Foundation” under “About the CDE.”
Questions regarding the 2016 Student Leader Scholarship Program should be referred to Mary Foote, Dairy Education Programs Manager with the Center for Dairy Excellence, by phone at 717-346-0849 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org .