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:
Applicant must be a member of the Wisconsin Holstein Association at the time of application.
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.
Applicant may need to be available for an interview if selected as a finalist. (time to be announced)
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.
Scholarship judges will be strictly evaluating candidates’ ability to follow the application guidelines, especially word count limits.
2021 Scholarship Application
District 4 Junior Holstein Members
The District 4 Holstein Association is offering a $1500 calf grant awarded to an individual in the district (counties including Clark, Lincoln, Marathon, Portage, Taylor or Wood counties). The grant is awarded through the Tiffany Langteau Memorial.
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.
Applicants must be currently or recently involved in 4-H, FFA, and/or the Registered Holstein industry.
Applicants must be a sophomore or junior at a four-year college pursuing a degree in any field.
Handwritten applications will not be accepted.
This scholarship will not be awarded to a previous recipient.
Wisconsin Holstein Memorial Scholarships
The following named scholarships are awarded through the Wisconsin Holstein Foundation.
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.
2020 Scholarship Recipients
Elise Bleck of Glenbeulah will be receiving the $1,500 Wisconsin Holstein Association Presidents’ Scholarship. Bleck is a senior at Plymouth High School with plans to obtain her dairy science degree. She then plans to attend medical school to become a pediatrician to help practice medicine in rural communities and educate others on farm safety as well as coach youth dairy teams.
Eliza Endres of Waunakee is the recipient of the $1,000 John Selz Memorial Scholarship. Endres is the 17-year-old daughter of Randy and Karen Endres. She is a senior at Waunakee Community High School with plans to pursue an agriculture business management degree.
Marie Haase of Somerset is the recipient of the $1,000 Doris Morris Memorial Scholarship. Haase is a sophomore at the University of Wisconsin - River Falls, where she is majoring in dairy science. She looks forward to continuing her education and becoming a herdsperson for her family’s farm.
Hannah Hockerman of Westfield is the recipient of the $1,000 Marlowe Nelson Memorial Scholarship. Hockerman is the daughter of Dawn and Greg Hockerman. She is a senior at Westfield Area High School and will be attending Rock Valley College to pursue an animal science and agriculture education degree this fall.
Receiving the $1,000 John Klossner Memorial Scholarship is Matthew Gunst of Hartford. The son of Dennis and Nichole Gunst, Matthew is a senior at the Lakeside Lutheran High School. He plans to pursue a career as an agricultural lawyer and help dairy farmers everywhere.
Montana Sarbacker of Belleville will be receiving the $1,000 Gordon Berg Memorial Scholarship. Sarbacker is the daughter of John and Michelle Sarbacker and is a freshman at Madison Area Technical College. After completing her time there, she plans to transfer to the University of Wisconsin-Platteville to study agriculture business and dairy science.
Tyler Schroepfer of Birnamwood is the recipient of the $1,000 Bradley Fust Memorial Scholarship. Schroepfer is the son of David and Jolynne Schroepfer. He is a senior at the Antigo High School with plans to attend the University of Wisconsin-Madison in the fall to purse a degree in food science.
Nicole Broege of Janesville is the recipient of the $1,000 Maurice and Geraldine Cooper Memorial Scholarship. Broege is senior at the Janesville JA Craig High School. She plans to attend the University of Wisconsin-Madison in the fall and become a dairy cattle nutritionist as well as a mentor for youth of the dairy industry.
Eight other outstanding youth will be receiving scholarships from Wisconsin Holstein Association. Recipients include Kaylee Mess of Rosendale; Molly Olstad of Stoughton; Mae Buttles of Wilson; Zach Olson of Sturgeon Bay; Ashlyn Sarbacker of Edgerton; Barbara Dittrich of Alma; Morgyn Haumschild of Milladore; and Erin Strauss of Lake Mills.
Wisconsin Holstein Association 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.