Michigan’s livestock industry supports future leaders through student scholarships

$320,000 in honorary scholarships awarded to students in livestock-related majors since 2010.

Eleven outstanding Michigan State University (MSU) students pursuing livestock industry-related programs of study for the 2019-20 academic year were recently awarded $33,000 in scholarships by the Michigan Livestock Industry Scholarship Foundation (MLISF).

MLISF President Pete Blauwiekel said “simply getting good grades is not enough to be recognized with one of these scholarships”. In addition to academic achievement, the scholarship’s criteria include extracurricular leadership and involvement, written and oral communication skills, and enthusiasm in pursuing a livestock (beef cattle, sheep, swine, meat products, or equine) industry career. Those individuals selected for this honor have a clear passion and demonstrated involvement in the animal industry and a commitment to its future improvement in Michigan."

This year’s recipients are:

Student Scholar Home Town Recognition Awarded
Kaylee Montney Kingsley, MI David Morris
Madeline Meyer Ionia, MI Gerald Haarer
Rebecca Herzog Paris, MI Michigan Cattlemen’s Association
Torey Fischer Battle Creek, MI Arabian Horse Association
Rachel Postello Lawrence, MI Michigan Horse Council
Callie Halsey Adrian, MI Dennis & Donna Banks
Brady Littlefield Burr Oak, MI Michigan Polled Hereford Association
Emily Malcolm Paw Paw, MI Jack & Patti Knirk
Emma Roussey Sturgis, MI David Arnold
Abigail van der Swaagh N. Grosvenordale, CT Harold Lein
Jenna Grabowski Crystal Falls, MI David & Jackie Topel

About the Michigan Livestock Industry Scholarship Foundation

Since awarding the first scholarships 50 years ago, the MLISF has played an influential role in advancing the education of talented and dedicated students. The MLISF was organized for the purpose of collecting and administering funds contributed by any person, business, or organization wishing to honor persons in the livestock and allied industries, living or deceased, who have performed distinguished services for the livestock industry of Michigan; and to provide scholarships for worthy young people pursuing training in the field of animal science.

For information on contributions to support student scholarships, please contact the MSU College of Agriculture and Natural Resources External Relations at 517-355-0284. To learn more about the MLISF, contact the foundation’s Secretary/Treasurer Dr. Dan Buskirk in the MSU Department of Animal Science at 517-432-0400.

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