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Scholarships

Wisconsin Holstein Scholarship Opportunities

Wisconsin Holstein awards over $16,000 in scholarships every year to deserving students enrolled in a four-year, one or two year or short course or tech school Ag-related program. 

All Wisconsin Holstein members are encouraged to apply for scholarships. Students majoring in agricultural programs are given highest consideration. Non-agricultural majors that plan to have a career that contributes to rural communities also will be given consideration. 

The WHA scholarship application is available January 1 each year, and due to the Wisconsin Holstein office March 1. Recipients will be recognized at respective scholarship banquets, with actual scholarship checks to be awarded to recipients at the following Junior Convention.

Eligibility for all scholarships:

  1. Applicant must be a member of the Wisconsin Holstein Association at the time of application.

  2. Applicant must be presently enrolled in a four-year college or a one or two-year tech school or a short course program in an agricultural-related field; or be a high school senior admitted into one of the before mentioned programs.

  3. Applicant may need to be available for an interview if selected as a finalist. (time to be announced)

  4. Scholarships administered by the WHA Scholarship Committee are capped at $2,000 per scholarship recipient and are a one-time award. This includes all scholarships administered by WHA, including 2-year, 4-year and all memorial scholarships.

  5. Scholarship judges will be strictly evaluating candidates’ ability to follow the application guidelines, especially word count limits.

2023 Scholarship Application  

4-Year University students   Word Doc

1 or 2-Year Technical College  Word Doc

John & Isabelle Ames Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship, established in memory of John and Isabelle Ames of Ames-Way Holsteins in Darien, Wisconsin, is a $750 award, to be released to the recipient upon proof of registration for classes for the upcoming semester.  Mr. and Mrs. Ames were avid supporters of education.  All nine of their children received a college degree, which was a source of pride for them.  Preference will be given to applicants who demonstrate a commitment toward completion of a degree.

 

Eligibility:

  1. Applicants must be currently or recently involved in 4-H, FFA, and/or the Registered Holstein industry.

  2. Applicants must be a sophomore or junior at a four-year college pursuing a degree in any field.

  3. Handwritten applications will not be accepted.

  4. This scholarship will not be awarded to a previous recipient.

​The completed application form must be post marked by March 1 and sent to Janice Berezowitz, W8401 S & D Townline Rd., Darien, WI 53114 or j_berezowitz@yahoo.com. The form is available here: PDF

Wisconsin Holstein Memorial Scholarships

The following named scholarships are awarded through the Wisconsin Holstein Foundation.

Presidents' Scholarship:

The Presidents' Scholarship was established in 2020 with funds donated by friends and family of past Wisconsin Holstein Association Presidents. The scholarship honors past leaders of the Wisconsin Holstein Association and will be given to the top applicant each year.

Maurice and Geraldine Cooper Memorial Scholarship:

The Maurice and Geraldine Cooper Scholarship was established in honor of Maurice and Geraldine Cooper, lifelong Holstein breeders from Moss Oak Farm, DeForest, Wis., by their family and friends. The couple were active members, supporters and leaders of 4-H and all levels of the Holstein Association. Maurice was a director of the Wisconsin Holstein Association; a director, president and secretary of the Dane County Holstein Association; a delegate to the National Holstein Convention multiple times; and served on many industry Boards including DHI and World Dairy Expo. The Wisconsin Holstein Association recognized Maurice and Gerry with the Distinguished Holstein Breeder Award in 1994 and Maurice with the Distinguished Service Award in 2004. Love of family, Holsteins, service to the community, and support of youth activities were paramount in their lives. This award is given to a student enrolled at a four year university.

Marlowe Nelson Memorial Scholarship:

The scholarship is given in honor of Marlowe, whose passion was to teach and mentor young enthusiastic breeders to become more involved in the Registered Holstein business. Throughout his lifetime, Marlowe paved the way in many aspects of the Registered Holstein breed and its impact on the United States, Japan, Germany and Holland dairy industries. This award is given to a student enrolled at a 4-year university or technical college, two-year or short course agriculture program on a rotating basis.

Doris Morris Memorial Scholarship:
Doris and her husband Arden, along with Arden’s brother Maldwyn and his wife, Inez, owned and operated Arwyn Farms in Waukesha County for over 40 years. This scholarship is in honor of Doris who was longtime Wisconsin Holstein member from Waukesha County and is the mother of Tom Morris, whose family and friends graciously fund the award. This award is given to a student enrolled in a four year university.

 

Bradley Fust Memorial Scholarship: 
The Bradley Fust scholarship is given in memory of Brad who was tragically killed in an auto accident. Brad was an enthusiastic member of the Junior Holstein Association from Wausau, Wis., and this scholarship was established by Brad's parents, Brian and Wendy Fust, with the sale of one of Brad's heifers. This award is given to a student enrolled in a four year university.

 

Gordon Berg Memorial Scholarship: 
Gordon was a long-time Wisconsin Holstein member and breeder from Brownsville, Wis. Gordon’s sister, Vivian Minor, started the Gordon Berg Scholarship. She made up the “VI” in the famed VIGO herd prefix with her brother, Gordon, making up the “GO.” We hope this award has special meaning to you since Gordon was a well-respected breeder who bred outstanding registered Holsteins in the Dodge County area his entire life. Gordon was a great cowman. This scholarship is given to a student enrolled in a technical college, two-year, or short course agriculture program.

 

John Klossner Memorial Scholarship: 
The John Klossner Memorial Scholarship was established for John - a young man who touched many lives during his short Junior Holstein career. The scholarship is given in memory of John who tragically passed away in an accident while exhibiting at one of his favorite events - the Wisconsin Junior State Fair. John was active in the Green County Junior Holstein Association and served on the Wisconsin Junior Holstein Junior Activities Committee. He attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison and was an active member of the Badger Dairy Club and AGR at UW. He was also an accomplished cattle showman and had won many awards. This scholarship was established by John’s parents Richard and Roxanne Klossner and is given to a student furthering their education at a four year university. 

 

John Selz Memorial Scholarship: 
The John Selz Memorial Scholarship fund was established in honor of John Selz of Humbird, Wisc. He managed his family’s farm, Selz Farm, which was in his family for over 125 years. John was actively involved in the Wisconsin and National Holstein Associations in various capacities for numerous years. Through his life, John served as a strong advocate for progressive dairying and the Holstein industry. Specifically, he served as President of both the National Holstein Association and Wisconsin Holstein Association and was the first chairman of the Wisconsin Holstein Jr. Activities Committee. He was a long-time advocate of developing Wisconsin's Holstein youth. He also served on the World Dairy Expo Board of Directors, Purebred Dairy Cattle Association Board, the Council on Dairy Cattle Breeding, the U.S. Animal Health Association Board and the University of Wisconsin Board of Visitors. His incredible insight and leadership earned him many prestigious honors including the WI Holstein Distinguished Breeder Award, World Dairy Expo Dairyman of the Year, WI Agriculturalist Award the College of Agricultural & Life Sciences Award of Distinction, and the UW-River Falls Top Agriculturalist Award.

2022 Scholarship Recipients

Lauren Breunig of Sauk City will be receiving the $2,000 Presidents’ Scholarship. This scholarship, which honors past leaders of the Wisconsin Holstein Association is given to the top applicant each year. Breunig graduated from Sauk Prairie High School and is the daughter of Mitch and Jacquie Breunig. She plans to attend the University of Wisconsin-Madison pursuing a degree in Life Sciences Communications.

 

Emma Bangart of Stratford is the recipient of the $1,500 John Selz Memorial Scholarship. The John Selz Memorial Scholarship fund was established in honor of John Selz of Humbird, Wisconsin. He managed his family’s farm, Selz Farm, which was in his family for over 125 years. John was actively involved in the Wisconsin and National Holstein Associations in various capacities for numerous years. Through his life, John served as a strong advocate for progressive dairying and the Holstein industry. Emma is the 17-year-old daughter of Rick and Peggy Bangart. She hopes to attend veterinary school.

 

Justyne Frisle of Prairie Farm is the recipient of the $1,500 Maurice and Geraldine Cooper Memorial Scholarship. This scholarship is given in memory of Maurice and Geraldine Cooper, lifelong Holstein breeders from Moss Oak Farm. Maurice was a director of the Wisconsin Holstein Association; a director, president, and secretary of the Dane County Holstein Association; a delegate to the National Holstein Convention multiple times; and served on many industry Boards including DHI and World Dairy Expo. Love of family, Holsteins, service to the community and support of youth activities were paramount in their lives. Justyne graduated from Prairie Farm High School and plans to attend the University of Wisconsin-Madison because of the ample opportunities it has to offer regarding dairy.

 

Courtney Glenna of Amery is the recipient of the $2,000 Doris Morris Memorial Scholarship. This scholarship is in honor of Doris, who was a long-time Wisconsin Holstein member. Doris and her husband Arden, and Arden’s brother, Maldwyn, and his wife, Inez, owned and operated Arwyn Farms in Waukesha County for over 40 years. Courtney plans to attend the University of Wisconsin-River Falls, pursuing a major in Dairy Science and a minor in Agribusiness. She hopes to someday find a career in reproduction or genetics to advance the dairy industry.

 

Elena Jarvey of Sobieski is the recipient of the $1,500 Marlowe Nelson Memorial Scholarship. This scholarship is given in memory of Marlowe whose passion was to teach and mentor young enthusiastic breeders to become more involved in the Registered Holstein business. Through his lifetime, Marlowe paved the way in many aspects of the Registered Holstein breed and its impact on the United States, Japan, Germany and Holland. Elena is the daughter of John and Rachel Jarvey and is a graduate of Pulaski High School. She looks forward to building relationships while continuing her education at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls.

 

Receiving the $2,000 John Klossner Memorial Scholarship is Ainsley Noble of Lancaster. The John Klossner Memorial Scholarship is given in memory of John - a young man who touched many lives during his short Junior Holstein career, and who tragically passed away in an accident while exhibiting at one of his favorite events - the Wisconsin Junior State Fair. John was active in the Green County Junior Holstein Association and served on the Wisconsin Junior Holstein Junior Activities Committee. He attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison and was an active member of the Badger Dairy Club and AGR. He was also an accomplished cattle showman and had won many awards. This scholarship was established by John’s parents, Richard and Roxanne Klossner, and given to a student who is considered a role model to other junior members. Ainsley is the daughter of Troy and Jaime Noble, and is a graduate of Platteville High School. She plans to attend the University of Wisconsin-River Falls pursing a degree in Agricultural Education.

 

Brooke Hammann of Barron will be receiving the $1,000 Gordon Berg Memorial Scholarship. Gordon was a long-time Wisconsin Holstein member and breeder from Brownsville, Wisconsin. Gordon’s sister, Vivian Minor, started the Gordon Berg Scholarship. She made up the “VI” in the famed VIGO herd prefix with her brother, Gordon, making up the “GO.” Gordon was a well-respected breeder who bred outstanding Registered Holsteins in the Dodge County area his entire life. Brooke is currently attending Northcentral Technical College pursing her Bachelor’s in Nursing. She plans to graduate in 2023 and return to school for her BSN.

 

Mason Jauquet of Pulaski is the recipient of the $2,000 Bradley Fust Memorial Scholarship. This scholarship is given in memory of Brad, who was an enthusiastic member of the Junior Holstein Association from Wausau. The scholarship was established by Brad’s parents, Brian and Wendy Fust, with the sale of one of Brad’s heifers. Mason is currently attending Iowa State University, majoring in Dairy Science. After graduating he plans to return to his family’s dairy.

 

The recipient of a special, one-time $2,000 scholarship is Sam Mess of Rosendale. The funds for this scholarship were donated by Richard and Peggy Daluge with preference going to a junior member from either Rock or Fond du Lac County. Sam is a graduate of Laconia High School and plans to attend Fox Valley Technical College and hopefully return home and help manage his family’s dairy.

 

Four other outstanding youth will be receiving scholarships from Wisconsin Holstein Foundation. Recipients include Emily Stumpf of Appleton; Evan Jauquet of Pulaski; Ava Booth of Plymouth; and Randall Winch of Fennimore.

 

The Wisconsin Holstein Foundation is proud of these deserving youth. All Wisconsin Holstein Association members that are attending a two or four-year university are encouraged to apply for scholarships, with applications due March 1 each year.

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