The Dane County Dairy Promotion Committee has announced the 10 recpients of its scholarship program.
The program recognizes students who are residents of Dane County and pursuing post-secondary educations with an agricultural emphasis.
Recipients of this year’s $1,000 scholarships are Whitney Brown, Belleville; Zach Endres, Waunakee; Sara Griswold, Black Earth; Karsen Haag, Mt. Horeb; Kyle Herbrand, Dane; Jessica Jones, Mt. Horeb; Michael Murphy, Madison; Mara Shelley, Deerfield; Jessica Wendt, Stoughton; and Keri Zimmerman, Deerfield.
Zach Endres, Waunakee, is the son of Steve and Kathy Endres. He will graduate from Waunakee High School this year and plans to attend UW-Madison to major in dairy science. He is a member of the Waunakee FFA Chapter, Whirlwinds 4-H Club and Wisconsin Junior Holstein Association.
Endres also participates in the National Technical Honor Society and track team. He would like to obtain a job in the dairy industry before returning to his home farm one day.
“I grew up on my family’s dairy farm,” Endres said. “It gave me a deep-rooted interest and passion in the agriculture industry.”
Sara Griswold, Black Earth, is the daughter of Tim and Jane Griswold. She graduated from Middleton High School last year and attends UW-Madison, where she is double-majoring in dairy science and life sciences communication. On campus, she is involved with the Association of Women in Agriculture, National Agri-Marketing Association, Collegiate Farm Bureau, and Saddle and Sirloin.
She participated in 4-H, student council, National Honor Society and DECA while in high school. After graduation, she would like to pursue a career in educating consumers about agriculture.
“I love the agriculture industry and it’s where I plan to continue my journey through life,” Griswold said. “My experiences raising animals in 4-H helped me develop career plans involving agriculture.”
Kyle Herbrand, Dane, is the son of Brad and Kari Herbrand. He graduated from Sauk Prairie High School last year and currently majors in animal science at UW-Platteville. He was a member of 4-H and the Sauk Prairie FFA Chapter, participating in judging contests with both organizations.
He also exhibited animals at the Lodi Ag Fair, Dane County Fair and Wisconsin State Fair. After graduation, Herbrand would like to focus his career on animal nutrition.
“I want to experience all parts of agriculture so that I can be well-rounded and able to work and develop in all aspects of agriculture,” he said. “I also want to find ways to make my family farm profitable and produce a product the consumer wants and needs.”
Students will be recognized for their achievements on June 13, at the upcoming 37th Annual Dane County Breakfast on the Farm. This year’s event is hosted by the Ivan and Beth Hellenbrand and Stan and Mary Hellenbrand at Kick A Boo Farms in Waunakee (7456 Kickaboo Rd.). Breakfast will be served from 7 to 11:30 a.m.