WHA Scholarship Opportunities

Wisconsin Holstein awards over $16,000 in sponsorships every year to deserving students enrolled in a four-year, one or two year or short course or tech school Ag-related program. These WI Holstein Scholarships range from $250 to $1000 to an eligible recipient.


All Wisconsin Holstein members are encouraged to apply for scholarships. Students majoring in agricultural degrees are given highest consideration. Non-agricultural majors that plan to have a career that contributes to rural communities also will be given consideration. 

The WHA scholarship application is available January 1 each year, and due to the Wisconsin Holstein office March 1. Recipients will be recognized at respective scholarship banquets, with actual scholarship checks to be awarded to recipients at the following Junior Convention.

Eligibility for all scholarships:

  1. Applicant must be a member of the Wisconsin Holstein Association at the time of application.

  2. Applicant must be presently enrolled in a four-year college or a one or two-year tech school or a short course program in an agricultural-related field, or be a high school senior admitted into one of the before mentioned programs.

  3. Applicant may need to be available for an interview if selected as a finalist. (time to be announced)

  4. Scholarships administered by the WHA Scholarship Committee are capped at $1,000 per scholarship recipient. Previous winners who were awarded less than the $1000 can apply again. This $1,000 cap includes all scholarships administered by WHA, including 2-year, 4-year and all memorial scholarships.

  5. Scholarship judges will be strictly evaluating candidates’ ability to follow the application guidelines, especially word count limits.

2020 Scholarship Application 

2-Year/Short Course program application  PDF

4-Year program application  PDF

District 4 Junior Holstein Members

The District 4 Holstein Association is offering a $1500 calf grant awarded to an individual in the district (counties including Clark, Lincoln, Marathon, Portage, Taylor or Wood counties). The grant is awarded through the Tiffany Langteau Memorial. 

Applications are due March 1 and the form is available here: Word | PDF

John & Isabelle Ames Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship, established in memory of John and Isabelle Ames of Ames-Way Holsteins in Darien, Wisconsin, is a $750 award, to be released to the recipient upon proof of registration for classes for the upcoming semester.  Mr. and Mrs. Ames were avid supporters of education.  All nine of their children received a college degree, which was a source of pride for them.  Preference will be given to applicants who demonstrate a commitment toward completion of a degree.



  1. Applicants must be currently or recently involved in 4-H, FFA, and/or the Registered Holstein industry.

  2. Applicants must be a sophomore or junior at a four-year college pursuing a degree in any field.

  3. Handwritten applications will not be accepted.

  4. This scholarship will not be awarded to a previous recipient.

The completed application form must be post marked by March 1 and sent to Janice Berezowitz, W8401 S & D Townline Rd., Darien, WI 53114 or j_berezowitz@yahoo.com

The completed application form must be post marked by March 1 and sent to Janice Berezowitz, W8401 S & D Townline Rd., Darien, WI 53114 or j_berezowitz@yahoo.com. The form is available here: PDF

Wisconsin Holstein Memorial Scholarships

The following named scholarships in the amount of $1,000 each are awarded at the annual Junior Holstein Convention.

Maurice and Geraldine Cooper Memorial Scholarship:

The Maurice and Geraldine Cooper Scholarship was established in honor of Maurice and Geraldine Cooper, lifelong Holstein breeders from Moss Oak Farm, DeForest, Wis., by their family and friends. The couple were active members, supporters and leaders of 4-H and all levels of the Holstein Association. Maurice was a director of the Wisconsin Holstein Association; a director, president and secretary of the Dane County Holstein Association; a delegate to the National Holstein Convention multiple times; and served on many industry Boards including DHI and World Dairy Expo. The Wisconsin Holstein Association recognized Maurice and Gerry with the Distinguished Holstein Breeder Award in 1994 and Maurice with the Distinguished Service Award in 2004. Love of family, Holsteins, service to the community, and support of youth activities were paramount in their lives. This award is given to a student enrolled in a four-year University or short course agriculture program.


Marlowe Nelson Memorial Scholarship:

The scholarship is given in honor of Marlowe whose passion was to teach and mentor young enthusiastic breeders to become more involved in the Registered Holstein business. Throughout his lifetime, Marlowe paved the way in many aspects of the Registered Holstein breed and its impact on the United States, Japan, Germany and Holland dairy industries.

Doris Morris Memorial Scholarship:
Doris and her husband Arden, along with Arden’s brother Maldwyn and his wife, Inez, owned and operated Arwyn Farms in Waukesha County for over 40 years. This scholarship is in honor of Doris who was longtime Wisconsin Holstein member from Waukesha County and is the mother of Tom Morris, whose family and friends graciously fund the award. This award is given to a student enrolled in a four year University.


Bradley Fust Memorial Scholarship: 
The Bradley Fust scholarship is given in memory of Brad who was tragically killed in an auto accident. Brad was an enthusiastic member of the Junior Holstein Association from Wausau, Wis., and this scholarship was established by Brad's parents, Brian and Wendy Fust, with the sale of one of Brad's heifers. This award is given to a student enrolled in a four year University.


Gordon Berg Memorial Scholarship: 
Gordon was a long-time Wisconsin Holstein member and breeder from Brownsville, Wis. Gordon’s sister, Vivian Minor, started the Gordon Berg Scholarship. She made up the “VI” in the famed VIGO herd prefix with her brother, Gordon, making up the “GO.” We hope this award has special meaning to you since Gordon was a well-respected breeder who bred outstanding registered Holsteins in the Dodge County area his entire life. Gordon was a great cowman. This scholarship is given to a student enrolled in a technical college, two-year, or short course agriculture program.


John Klossner Memorial Scholarship: 
The John Klossner Memorial Scholarship was established for John - a young man who touched many lives during his short Junior Holstein career. The scholarship is given in memory of John who tragically passed away in an accident while exhibiting at one of his favorite events - the Wisconsin Junior State Fair. John was active in the Green County Junior Holstein Association and served on the Wisconsin Junior Holstein Junior Activities Committee. He attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison and was an active member of the Badger Dairy Club and AGR at UW. He was also an accomplished cattle showman and had won many awards. This scholarship was established by John’s parents Richard and Roxanne Klossner and is given to a student furthering their education at a four year University. 


John Selz Memorial Scholarship: 
The John Selz Memorial Scholarship fund was established in honor of John Selz of Humbird, Wisc. He managed his family’s farm, Selz Farm, which was in his family for over 125 years. John was actively involved in the Wisconsin and National Holstein Associations in various capacities for numerous years. Through his life, John served as a strong advocate for progressive dairying and the Holstein industry. Specifically, he served as President of both the National Holstein Association and Wisconsin Holstein Association and was the first chairman of the Wisconsin Holstein Jr. Activities Committee. He was a long-time advocate of developing Wisconsin's Holstein youth. He also served on the World Dairy Expo Board of Directors, Purebred Dairy Cattle Association Board, the Council on Dairy Cattle Breeding, the U.S. Animal Health Association Board and the University of Wisconsin Board of Visitors. His incredible insight and leadership earned him many prestigious honors including the WI Holstein Distinguished Breeder Award, World Dairy Expo Dairyman of the Year, WI Agriculturalist Award the College of Agricultural & Life Sciences Award of Distinction, and the UW-River Falls Top Agriculturalist Award.

2019 Scholarship Winners

Kaianne Hodorff of Eden will be receiving the $1,000 John Selz Memorial Scholarship. Hodorff is the 17-year-old daughter of Tommy and Corey Hodorff. She is a senior at Campbellsport High School with plans to pursue a dairy degree.

Geneva Nunes of Chippewa Falls is the recipient of the $1,000 Doris Morris Memorial Scholarship. Nunes is the daughter of Matt and Mandy Nunes. She is a sophomore at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, where she is majoring in animal science and agricultural communications and marketing. She looks forward to continuing to breed and develop her herd of Registered Holsteins.

Kylie Nickels of Watertown is the recipient of the $1,000 Marlowe Nelson Memorial Scholarship. Nickels is the daughter of Thomas and Penni Nickels. She is a senior at Watertown Public High School and will be attending the University of Wisconsin-Madison this fall to pursue a degree in dairy science.

Receiving the $1,000 John Klossner Memorial Scholarship is Benjamin Buske of Mayville. The son of John and Cheryl Buske, Benjamin is a junior at the University of Wisconsin-Madison majoring in dairy science. After graduation he wants to work with a bull stud working with producers to make breeding strategies.

Collin Wille of Rice Lake will be receiving the $1,000 Gordon Berg Memorial Scholarship. Wille is the son of Jeff and Debbie Wille, and is a freshman at Northeast Iowa Community College. After graduation he plans to return home to the farm.

Jared Baudhuin of Brussels is the recipient of the $1,000 Bradley Fust Memorial Scholarship. Baudhuin is the son of Noel and Christina Baudhain. He is a freshman at the University of Wisconsin-Madison majoring in dairy science. After graduation he plans on having a management position on his uncle’s farm.

Claire Olson of Sturgeon Bay is the recipient of the $1,000 Maurice and Geraldine Cooper Memorial Scholarship. Olson is the daughter of Richard and Shelly Olson and is a sophomore at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. Olson wants a future in agriculture promoting the industry and educating the public.

Eleven other outstanding youth will be receiving scholarships from Wisconsin Holstein Association. Recipients include Colin Uecker of Watertown; Josh Gerbitz of Milton; Nathan Daniels of Cobb; Jared Vander Weele of Waldo; Ariel Graveen of Merrill; Carly Strauss of Lake Mills; Morgyn Haumschild of Milladore; Levi Kindschi of Loganville; Korlen Dittrich of Alma; Sarah Henschel of Elkhart Lake; and Megan Breuch of Stoughton.

Wisconsin Holstein Association is proud of these deserving youth. All Wisconsin Holstein Association members that are attending a two or four-year university to apply for scholarships, as you can be awarded up to $1,000.

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