2019 DFA Cares Foundation Scholarship Recipients


DFA recognizes the importance of developing future leaders in the dairy industry and is committed to investing in their education. This year, DFA is distributing $69,000 to 46 outstanding students pursuing careers in the dairy industry. This year, all students are affiliated with DFA.


Precollege Students

  • Kayla Bailey,
    Fort Ann, N.Y.,
    Siena College, business/finance

  • Clare Dirksen,
    Portland, Ind.,
    Purdue University, food science

  • Dylan Draper,
    Addison, N.Y.,
    Elmira College, finance

  • Hannah Fresquez,
    Las Cruces, N.M.,
    Arizona State University, journalism and mass communication

  • Shannon Good,
    Caledonia, Mich.,
    Michigan State University, animal science

  • Kaianne Hodorff,
    Eden, Wis.,
    University of Wisconsin–Platteville, major in dairy science

  • Courtney Jenkins,
    Bolivar, Mo.,
    University of Central Missouri, agricultural science

  • Sarah Kearney,
    Nicholville, N.Y.,
    Cornell University, animal science

  • Nicole Koke,
    Dublin, Texas,
    Texas A&M University,
    international business

  • Julius Loonen,
    Marshall, Mich.,
    undecided, agribusiness

  • Karly Marshman,
    Oxford, N.Y.,
    SUNY Morrisville, agricultural science

  • Taiylor Myers,
    New Plymouth, Idaho,
    Utah State University,
    elementary education

  • Megan Podtburg,
    Greeley, Colo.,
    West Texas A&M University or University of Wyoming,
    animal science

  • Anna Post,
    Bovina Center, N.Y.,
    SUNY Cobleskill, agricultural science

  • Adam Rademacher,
    Cottage Grove, Wis.,
    Farm and Industry Short Course at University of Wisconsin, mechanics

  • Hailey Schoenherr,
    Columbus, Wis.,
    University of Wisconsin–Platteville, agribusiness

  • Michelle Stangler,
    Watertown, Wis.,
    University of Wisconsin–Platteville, agriculture education

  • Emily Starceski,
    Sherman, N.Y.,
    Cornell University, animal science

  • Tucker True,
    Perry, N.Y.,
    Cornell University, animal science

  • Kathleen Yanke,
    Prairie du Sac, Wis.,
    University of Wisconsin–Platteville, agribusiness

  • Kaylie Zapalac,
    La Grange, Texas,
    Texas A&M University,
    animal science/animal nutrition



Undergraduate Students

  • Terri Atteberry,
    Conway, Mo.,
    Ozarks Technical Community College, agriculture

  • Reese Burnett,
    Manhattan, Kan.,
    Kansas State University, animal science, production management

  • Haley Christie,
    Willet, N.Y.,
    SUNY Morrisville,
    dairy science management

  • Grant Fincham,
    Manhattan, Kan.,
    Kansas State University,
    animal science

  • Austin Freund,
    Concordia, Mo.,
    State Fair Community College, agribusiness

  • Emma Gendron,
    Willet, N.Y.,
    SUNY Cobleskill,
    animal science/veterinary

  • Sarah Lammers,
    Hartington, Neb.,
    Briar Cliff University,
    environmental science

  • Sarah Lehner,
    Delaware, Ohio,
    The Ohio State University,
    animal science

  • Laura Littrell,
    St. Johnsville, N.Y.,
    SUNY Cobleskill,
    agriculture science

  • Morgan Marotz,
    Wahoo, Neb.,
    Wayne State College,
    elementary education

  • Emily Mikel,
    Stafford, N.Y.,
    SUNY Morrisville,
    dairy management

  • Lani Ogle,
    Sarcoxie, Mo.,
    Missouri State University,
    animal science

  • Sammie Poldervaart,
    Orland, Calif.,
    California State University, Chico, animal science

  • Isabella Portner,
    Ames, Iowa,
    Iowa State University, dairy science

  • Gavin Rankins,
    Cusseta, Ala.,
    Auburn University, animal science

  • Oliver Schmitz,
    Axtell, Kan.,
    Kansas State University,
    agricultural technology management

  • Tiffany Van Buren,
    Waupun, Wis.,
    South Dakota State University,
    dairy production

  • Brandy Walker,
    Cumby, Texas,
    Northeast Texas Community College, agricultural science

  • Tyler Wehrenberg,
    Morrison, Okla.,
    Oklahoma State University,

  • Hannah Weiman,
    Quincy, Ill.,
    University of Wisconsin–Platteville,
    dairy science


Graduate Students

  • Caio Aranha Gamarra,
    Manhattan, Kan.,
    Kansas State University,
    animal science

  • Brandon Carter,
    Raleigh, N.C.,
    North Carolina State University, food science/dairy science

  • Kyle Karlen,
    Owen, Wis.,
    University of Wisconsin
    School of Veterinary Medicine,
    food animal medicine

  • Alexandre Scanavez,
    Manhattan, Kan.,
    Kansas State University
    animal sciences

  • Emil Walleser,
    De Soto, Wis.,
    University of Wisconsin–Madison School of Veterinary Medicine, Doctor of Veterinary Medicine