Westphalia Student Awarded John and Barbara Dilland Scholarship
Allison Schafer of Westphalia, Michigan was chosen as the 2017-18 recipient of the John and Barbara Dilland endowed scholarship.
Allison Schafer of Westphalia, Michigan was chosen as the 2017-18 recipient of the John and Barbara Dilland endowed scholarship through the Michigan Dairy Memorial Scholarship Foundation Inc. at Michigan State University (MSU). The $4,000 scholarship is named in honor of John Dilland, former controller, director of finance, and general manager for the Michigan Milk Producers Association (MMPA), and his wife, Barbara. The award is presented to an MSU sophomore, junior, or senior student majoring in the field of agribusiness management.
Schafer, daughter of Leroy and Stephanie Schafer, received the award based on her academic achievements and involvement in extracurricular activities. She is a freshman Agribusiness Management major at Michigan State, expecting to graduate in May of 2020.
Schafer previously worked as an intern at Portland Federal Credit Union and is currently employed at Tractor Supply Company and JEM-LOT Dairy. Allison is involved with the National Agri-Marketing Association, Dairy Club, and Collegiate Farm Bureau at Michigan State.
After graduating, Allison plans to stay involved in the agricultural and dairy industry, but is keeping an open mind when deciding which specific career path to pursue.
The John and Barbara Dilland endowed scholarship was established in 2010 by the MMPA upon John’s retirement. He held the positions of controller, director of finance, and general manager over the course of his 35 years of service in leadership capacities on several national organizations including the National Council of Farmer Cooperatives, the National Milk Producers Federation and the Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy. In Michigan, he served on the board of directors for the Michigan FFA Foundation and the Michigan Dairy Memorial and Scholarship Fund.