Michigan’s Livestock Industry Supports Future Leaders

139 honorary scholarships awarded since 2010

Eleven outstanding Michigan State University (MSU) students pursuing livestock industry-related programs of study for the 2020-21 academic year were recently awarded $33,000 in scholarships by the Michigan Livestock Industry Scholarship Foundation (MLISF). Foundation 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 Michigan animal industry and a commitment to its future improvement”, said Blauwiekel. This year’s recipients are:

Student Scholar Home Town Recognition Awarded
Torey Fischer Battle Creek, MI Michigan Horse Council
Caitlin Henne Eaton Rapids, MI David Morris
Amanda Kosal Deckerville, MI David Arnold
Lily Atkinson Spring Lake, MI Arabian Horse Association
Sadie Finegan Jonesville, MI Gerald Haarer
Rebecca Herzog Paris, MI Harlan Ritchie
Micayla Phillips Sterling Heights, MI Harold Lein
Katie Butler Gaylord, MI David Arnold
Joseph Marsh Montague, MI Michigan Cattlemen's Association
McKenna Broughton Attica, NY Michigan Polled Hereford Association
Jenna Grabowski Crystal Falls, MI Dick & Glenda Braman

About the Michigan Livestock Industry Scholarship Foundation

Since awarding its first scholarships more than 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 Sec./Treas., Dr. Dan Buskirk in the MSU Department of Animal Science at 517-432-0400.

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