MSU student receives Harold and Lillian Gremel endowed scholarship from the Michigan Dairy Memorial and Scholarship Foundation for 2017-18

Caelah Doerr is the 2017-2018 recipient of the Harold and Lillian Gremel endowed scholarship.

EAST LANSING, Mich. -- Caelah Doerr, of Owosso, Michigan, is the 2017-2018 recipient of the Harold and Lillian Gremel endowed scholarship through the Michigan Dairy Memorial and Scholarship Foundation, Inc., at Michigan State University (MSU). The $4,000 scholarship is named in honor of Harold and in memory of Lillian Gremel of Sebewaing. The scholarship is awarded annually to a student currently in veterinary school at MSU.

Doerr received the award on the basis of her academic achievements, involvement in extracurricular activities and interest in pursuing a career as a large animal veterinarian. She is enrolled in the Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine and expects to graduate in May of 2019.  Throughout her time as a graduate student, Doerr has been involved with the Theriogenology Club, the Veterinary Business Management Association and the Food Animal Club, which she served as president last year.

Doerr previously worked as a veterinary assistant at Fowlerville Veterinary Clinic and at Maple River Veterinary Clinic, a farmhand at Reed Dairy Farm in Owosso and at Shawnee Creek Dairy Farm in Owosso, and an undergraduate research assistant at both the MSU Dairy Farm and the MSU Neuroscience Department. She also completed a Zoetis bovine externship and a food systems fellowship internship.  After receiving her doctor of veterinary medicine degree, she plans to become a dairy veterinarian.

The Harold and Lillian Gremel endowed scholarship was established in 2007 by the Gremel family. Together during their 52 years of marriage, the Huron County dairy producers and lifetime industry supporters were past recipients of the West Huron Michigan Milk Producers Association (MMPA) Outstanding Lifetime Achievement Award, honored as the MMPA Outstanding Young Dairy Couple and chosen as the MSU Dairy Farmer of the Year. Harold also served on the Michigan Dairy Memorial and Scholarship Foundation board of directors. The Gremel endowed scholarship was the first Michigan Dairy Memorial and Scholarship Foundation scholarship designated for veterinary students.

The Michigan Dairy Memorial and Scholarship Foundation awarded more than $100,000 in scholarships to 35 MSU students pursuing dairy industry-related programs of study for the 2017-2018 academic year.

For information on making contributions to honor members of the dairy industry or to support student scholarships, please contact MSU College of Agriculture and Natural Resources External Relations at 517-355-0284. To learn more about the Michigan Dairy Memorial and Scholarship Foundation, contact Dr. Miriam Weber Nielsen in the MSU Department of Animal Science at 517-432-5443.

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