WHA Scholarship Opportunities

The Wisconsin Holstein Foundation, Inc. awards over $16,000 in scholarships every year to deserving students enrolled in a four-year, one or two year or short course or tech school ag-related program. 

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

The 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 $2,000 per scholarship recipient and are a one-time award. This 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.

2022 Scholarship Applications  

4-year University​

1 or 2-year Technical School or Short Course

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 are awarded at the annual Junior Holstein Convention through the Wisconsin Holstein Foundation, Inc.

Presidents' Scholarship:

The Presidents' Scholarship was established in 2020 with funds donated by friends and family of past Wisconsin Holstein Association Presidents. The scholarship honors past leaders of the Wisconsin Holstein Association and will be given to the top applicant each year.

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.


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. This award is given to a student enrolled at a 4-year university or technical college, two-year or short course agriculture program on a rotating basis.

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.

2021 Scholarship Winners

Grace Haase of Somerset will be receiving the $2,000 Wisconsin Holstein Association Presidents’ Scholarship. Haase is a student at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls, majoring in Dairy Science in hopes of becoming a calf specialist. She is active in the Polk County Junior Holstein Association, Forest View 4-H club, and the Osceola FFA chapter.


Kaelyn Weigel of Platteville is the recipient of the $2,000 John Selz Memorial Scholarship. Kaelyn is the daughter of Ryan and Traci Weigel. She is pursuing a nursing degree from the University of Dubuque.


Matthew Fischer of Owen is the recipient of the $2,000 Maurice and Geraldine Cooper Memorial Scholarship. Matthew is a student at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls with the goal of becoming a dairy cattle nutritionist as well as returning to the home farm to improve their feeding programs.


Emma Dorshorst of Marshfield is the recipient of the $1,500 Doris Morris Memorial Scholarship. Emma is a freshman at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she is majoring in Dairy Science. She looks forward to continuing her education and one day sharing her passion for the care of animals as a veterinarian.


Megan Moede of Algoma is the recipient of the $1,500 Marlowe Nelson Memorial Scholarship. Moede is the daughter of Rob and Debbie Moede and is a student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She plans to utilize her Agriculture Business Management degree to help feed and clothe the world and is passionate about growing and producing sustainable products. 


Receiving the $1,500 John Klossner Memorial Scholarship is Natalie Ott of Oshkosh. The daughter of Lucas and Carisa Ott, Natalie is attending Iowa State University to pursue a degree in Agriculture Business with a minor in Agronomy and Soil Sciences. 


Grady Wendorf of Ixonia will be receiving the $1,500 Gordon Berg Memorial Scholarship. Grady is the son of Troy and Sarah Wendorf and is attending Fox Valley Technical College with a focus of conserving soil and the types of technology that can be utilized to produce the best product.


Joe Schuh of Seymour is the recipient of the $1,500 Bradley Fust Memorial Scholarship. Schuh is the son of Brent and Carrie Schuh and is attending the University of Wisconsin – River Falls to pursue a degree in Dairy Science with a Spanish minor. He then will return to the family farm to help focus on their genetics.


Four other outstanding youth will be receiving scholarships from Wisconsin Holstein Association. Recipients include Emily Strauss of Lake Mills, studying at UW-Platteville; Carly Strauss of Lake Mills studying at Iowa State University; Zachary Nelson of Richland Center studying at UW-Platteville; and Emma McNally of Milton studying at UW-Platteville.

Wisconsin Holstein Association is proud of these deserving youth. All Wisconsin Holstein Association members that are attending a two or four-year university are encouraged to apply for scholarships.