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Wisconsin Holstein Association Awards Scholarships to Junior Members

BARABOO, Wis. - June 5, 2018 - The Wisconsin Holstein Association is honored to award $18,000 in scholarships to 21 outstanding youth in 2018. Scholarships were awarded to members studying agriculture or related fields at a two-year or four-year University. These outstanding members will receive their scholarships at the 2019 Wisconsin Junior Holstein Convention, to be hosted by Sheboygan County in Sheboygan, Wis.

Matthew Grossman of Pittsville, will receive the $1,000 Gordon Berg Memorial Scholarship. Gordon was a long-time Wisconsin Holstein member and an excellent Holstein breeder from Brownsville. This scholarship is awarded to a student enrolled in a technical college, two-year or short course agricultural program. Grossman is the 17-year-old son of Scott and Candy Grossman. He is a senior at Pittsville High School and plans to study agribusiness, science technology and diesel mechanics at Mid-State Technical College.

Abigail Solum of Rice Lake, will receive the $1,000 Doris Morris Memorial Scholarship. This scholarship is in honor of Doris, who was a long-time Wisconsin Holstein member. Doris and her husband Arden, and Arden’s brother, Maldwyn, and his wife, Inez, owned and operated Arwyn Farms in Waukesha County for over 40 years. Solum is the 19-year-old daughter of Wayne (Chuck) and Cathleen Solum. She is a freshman at University of Wisconsin-River Falls studying food science and technology. Upon graduation, Solum hopes to seek a career in the food industry working with product development and research while continuing to grow her Registered Holstein herd.

Receiving the $1,000 Bradley Fust Memorial Scholarship is Emma Gwidt of Pulaski. This scholarship is given in memory of Brad, who was an enthusiastic member of the Junior Holstein Association from Wausau. The scholarship was established by Brad’s parents, Brian and Wendy Fust, with the sale of one of Brad’s heifers. Gwidt is the 19-year-old daughter of David and Dyan Gwidt. She is a freshman at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she is studying dairy science. Gwidt hopes to work at a reproduction and genetics company out of college with plans on returning home and becoming a partner in her family farm.

Dawson Nickels of Watertown will receive the $1,000 John Klossner Memorial Scholarship. This scholarship honors John - an active member of the Green County Junior Holstein Association and served on the Wisconsin Junior Holstein Junior Activities Committee. This scholarship was established by John’s parents, Richard and Roxanne Klossner, to a student who is considered a role model to other junior members. Nickels is the 18-year-old son of Thomas and Penni Nickels. He is a freshman at the University of Wisconsin-Madison studying dairy science. Upon graduation, Nickels desires to work in dairy genetics or as a herd manager in production agriculture.

McKenna Coffeen of De Pere will receive the $1,000 John Selz Memorial Scholarship. This scholarship fund was established in honor of John Selz of Humbird. Selz managed his family farm, Selz Farm, which was in his family for over 125 years. He was an active Wisconsin and National Holstein Association member in various capacities for numerous years. Coffeen is the 18-year-old daughter of Kevin and Peggy Coffeen and Kori Coffeen. She is a freshman studying dairy science at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. Coffeen plans to further her education and become a large animal veterinarian.

Receiving the $1,000 Marlowe Nelson Memorial Scholarship is Rachel McCullough of Juda. This scholarship is given in memory of Marlowe whose passion was to teach and mentor young enthusiastic breeders to become more involved in the Registered Holstein business. Through 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. McCullough is the 18-year-old daughter of Chris and Kathie McCullough. She is a senior at Juda High School and plans to attend Wisconsin Farm and Industry Short Course with plans to return home.

Allie Breunig of Sauk City will receive the $1,000 Maurice and Geraldine Cooper Memorial Scholarship. This scholarship is given in memory of Maurice and Geraldine Cooper, lifelong Holstein breeders from Moss Oak Farm. Love of family, Holsteins, service to the community and support of youth activities were paramount in their lives. Breunig is the 19-year-old daughter of Mitch and Jacquie Breunig. She is a sophomore at the University of Wisconsin-Madison studying Life Sciences Communication. Upon graduation, Breunig plans to pursue a job in the agriculture industry as a marketing specialist.

An additional 14 well-deserving Wisconsin Holstein Junior members will receive four-year and two-year scholarships. Recipients include Brandon Biese of Chilton; Emma Buss of Platteville; David Foerster of Oostburg; Madelynn Gwidt of Pulaski; Carmen Haack of Algoma; Michael Moede of Algoma; Julia Nunes of Chippewa Falls; Marcus Schroepfer of Birnamwood; Connor Siemers of Newton; Ryan Smith of Monticello; Dylan Steiner of Juda; Zach Tolzman of Dodgeville; Hannah Ullom of Bloomer; and Eric Wachtendonk of Bloomer.

Wisconsin Holstein Association would like to congratulate all of these outstanding members as they have a bright future in front of them. We invited all Wisconsin Holstein members planning to attend a two or four-year college to apply for a scholarship in 2019 as they can be awarded up to $1,000 in scholarship funds.

About The Organizations

Wisconsin Holstein Association is a not-for-profit membership organization with the purpose of promoting the Wisconsin Registered Holstein breed, its breeders and owners. Established in 1890, it has grown its junior and adult membership to become the second largest state Holstein association in the nation. For more information visit the WHA website at

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