This scholarship not only plays a huge role in offsetting the cost of attendance, but it allows me to focus more on my school work during the school year and getting internships in the summer. Moreover, it reduces the amount of loans I will have to take out and be paying for down the road. Being chosen for this award shows me that you believe in my future at this university which only drives me to succeed more. Thank you so much for this generous scholarship!
After growing up and working on a 300-cow dairy farming in northeast Wisconsin, to now majoring in Dairy Science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, it’s safe to say that a passion for the dairy industry has been deeply instilled in me. As a young kid, working on the family farm started out as a few milking’s a week in a simplistic, old-fashioned tie-stall barn milking 100 cows. However, after a large expansion, my workload grew exponentially. Thankfully, as the size of our farm grew, so did my passion and interest in the dairy industry. Growing up on the farm taught me a whole lot more than work ethic, though. Working on the farm taught me the value of being a reliable, trustworthy team-worker that needs to do their part to make the wheels turn. It also taught me the importance of treating the cows with respect and compassion because if you take care of them, they’ll take care of you. Finally, and most importantly, it instilled in me a deep, lifelong love for the dairy cow that I will carry with me for the rest of my life. Now entering my sixth semester here at the university, that passion may be stronger than ever. Not only has attending UW-Madison supplemented my drive to learn about the dairy industry, but it has also opened my eyes to a vast and diverse set of career possibilities available to me upon graduation. In fact, in order to better prepare myself for my future in the dairy industry’s professional business sector, I’ve also chosen to earn a certificate in Agricultural Business Management through the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and a certificate in Entrepreneurship from the Wisconsin School of Business. Upon graduation (projected for May 2021), I plan to earn a job working in the heart of the dairy industry with specific interest in calf/heifer care focusing on the development and distribution of innovative calf/heifer care products including grain starters, milk replacers, pharmaceuticals, and equipment. Eventually, I have plans to return to the home farm and manage the calf program while working full time for a company. I’m confident that my unique passion for calves and drive to advance the ways in which we as an industry raise our young stock will allow me to positively impact the dairy industry for many years to come. Through my drive to not only continue to educate myself on the importance of calf rearing but also other producers, I’m more than eager to get out into the industry and make an immediate impact upon graduation. Because of that, this summer (2020) I will be gaining experience in a calf consulting role through a genetics company allowing me to sharpen my skills before graduation. With all that in mind, it’s safe to say my time promoting the dairy industry has just begun.