2018 Scholarships
7/15/2018
Students at graduation holding caps and diplomas

Investing in young individuals aspiring to enhance the future of agriculture is essential in sustaining the industry’s success. GreenStone is doing its’ part by supporting students with scholarships benefiting graduating high school seniors.

 

As part of GreenStone Farm Credit Services’ scholarship program, the cooperative recently selected 22 students to receive either a $2,000 or $1,000 award to assist with education costs. Since 2010, GreenStone has presented more than $175,000 in undergraduate college scholarships to students planning to make a positive impact on the agricultural industry.

 

"These awardees are examples of the type of individuals who may someday lead the agricultural industry," said Dave Armstrong, GreenStone President and CEO, "GreenStone is committed to supporting young professionals in agriculture by assisting them in furthering their education."

 

The 2018 scholarship awardees are:

Alayna Ackley Mears, MI

Parents: Amy and Calvin Ackley

Future major: Biology at Cedarville University

Interesting fact: I was on my school’s state championship team.

Dream job: A marine biologist and dolphin trainer at SeaWorld

 

Jared Baudhuin Brussels, WI

Parents: Noel and Christina Baudhuin

Future major: Dairy science at University of Wisconsin – Madison

Interesting fact: I am a firefighter on the local fire department.

Dream job: Registered Holstein breeder

 

Jessica Childs Davison, MI

Parents: Delmar and Cindy Childs

Future major: Animal science at Michigan State University

Interesting fact: I am a member of the Michigan High School Rodeo.

Dream job: Veterinarian

 

Joel Doepke Three Oaks, MI

Parents: Scott and Susan Doepker

Future major: Agriculture and natural resources at Michigan State University

Interesting fact: I passionately love the outdoors.

Dream job: Owning a nursery and turf farm

 

Alexis Gale Mears, MI

Parent: Kelly Gale

Future major: Fruit and vegetable crop management at West Shore Community College

Interesting fact: I own ducks and run a small duck egg business.

Dream job: Being paid to travel around the world

 

Jennifer Gibbs Almont, MI

Parents: Kevin and Brenda Gibbs

Future major: Animal science at Michigan State University

Interesting fact: I have a fraternal twin sister.

Dream job: An inspector at the United States Department of Agriculture

 

Rhiannon Grenier Green Bay, WI

Parents: Steven and Melissa Grenier

Future major: Agricultural Education at University of Wisconsin – River Falls

Interesting fact: I enjoy spending time with my friends and attending conventions.

Dream job: Agriscience teacher and FFA advisor

 

Caitlin Henne Eaton Rapids, MI

Parents: Patrick and Rebecca Henne

Future major: Animal science and agribusiness at Michigan State University

Interesting fact: I am a 2018 United States Presidential Scholar.

Dream job: Animal nutritionist

 

Taylor Koltz Greenleaf, WI

Parents: Geoff and Michelle Koltz

Future major: Agribusiness at Fox Valley Technical College

 

Emily Kropf Lowell, MI

Parents: Chris and Kim Kropf

Future major: Agribusiness at Michigan State University

Interesting fact: I am the 2018 Michigan Apple Queen.

Dream job: A position on the Michigan Apple Committee or United States Apple Association

 

Kelsey Maurer Newton, WI

Parents: Rick and Julie Maurer

Future major: Dairy science at University of Wisconsin – Madison

Interesting fact: Cows are by far my favorite animal.

Dream job: A dairy farmer

 

Megan Norris Hesperia, MI

Parents: Scott and Rhonda Norris

Future major: Agribusiness management at Michigan State University

Interesting fact: I love playing piano and watching Game of Thrones.

Dream job: Teaching people in third world countries sustainable farming practices

 

Grace Platte Portland, MI

Parents: Ted and Betsy Platte

Future major: Agriculture industries at Michigan State University

Interesting fact: I am a Michigan FFA state officer.

Dream job: Agricultural educator or agricultural politician

 

Laken Polega Unionville, MI

Parents: Brad and Laken Polega

Future major: Animal science at the University of Findlay

Interesting fact: I am scared of anything smaller than a large dog.

Dream job: Working at the Purina Animal Nutrition Research Farm

 

Bennett Rabach Sturgeon Bay, WI

Parents: Annie Rabach

Future major: Biochemistry at University of Wisconsin – Madison

 

Kelly Ratajczak Munger, MI

Parents: Chris and Karla Ratajczak

Future major: Agricultural operations at Delta College

Interesting fact: I have three brothers and three sisters.

Dream job: Farmer

 

Shayna Schmidt Standish, MI

Parents: Allen and Kisha Schmidt

Future major: Agricultural operations at Delta College

Interesting fact: I love lifted trucks with big mud tires, the higher the better!

Dream job: Owning a business and traveling to different cities and states promoting it.

 

Maxwell TeBos Allendale, MI

Parents: Daniel and Jill TeBos

Future major: Agribusiness management at Michigan State University

Interesting fact: I run a blueberry patch in the summer.

Dream job: President of the United States

 

Rachael Valeria Pulaski, WI

Parents: Scott and Paula Valeria

Future major: Fisheries and water resources management at University of Wisconsin –Stevens Point

Interesting fact: I volunteer with the DNR doing aquatic surveys and stocking.

Dream job: Freshwater fishery biologist

 

Derek Vander Hoff Hillsdale, MI

Parents: John and Lee Anne Vander Hoff

Future major: Agribusiness Management

Interesting fact: I have a collection of Legos.

Dream job: Working in the dairy industry

 

Kimberly Van Donsel Luxemburg, WI

Parents: Chad and Renee Van Donsel

Future major: Animal science at University of Wisconsin – Platteville

Interesting fact: I was the 2017 Wisconsin State Fair Premier Goat Exhibitor.

Dream job: Operating a feed store where I can also run my animal nutrition business

 

Colin WussowCecil, WI

Parents: Ron and Nicolle Wussow

Future major: Agribusiness at University of Wisconsin – River Falls

Interesting fact: I show dairy cows.

Dream job: Owning dairy cattle and operating a custom harvesting business

 

Link to the full 2018 Scholarships article here:

https://issuu.com/greenstonefcs/docs/gs_partners_summer_18_web/19

 



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