CentralStar Cooperative awarded $1,000 scholarships to eight students pursuing agricultural-focused higher education at college and technical schools. Six of these students hail from Wisconsin.
“These scholarships demonstrate the cooperative’s commitment to nurturing the next generation of agricultural leaders,” said Dori Lichty, CentralStar communication specialist. “The cooperative recognizes the importance of supporting young minds in their pursuit of post-secondary education.”
Applicants were required to be children of cooperative member-stockowners and were invited to showcase, in writing, their active engagement and meaningful experiences within the agriculture industry.
The following Wisconsin students were among the winners:
- Amber Fietzer, Manawa, is the daughter of Craig and Melissa Fietzer. She attends Concordia University Wisconsin, Mequon, for biomedical sciences.
- Nicolaus Jensen is from Colfax and attends Chippewa Valley Technical College, Eau Claire, studying agronomy. He is the son of Jim and Jolene Jensen.
- Studying dairy science and agronomy, Chloe La Crosse, Forestville, attends UW-Madison studying dairy science and agronomy. She is the daughter of Jeremy and Tracy La Crosse.
- Taylor Lindsay is the daughter of James and Tammy Lindsay, Boyd. She’s a student at UW-River Falls studying agriculture business and animal science.
- Victoria Nodolf, Belmont, will attend Southwest Technical College, Fenimore, studying agriculture business. She is the daughter of Dan Nodolf and Amy Shelnutt.
- One of the eight CentralStar scholarships, this year, was awarded in honor of retiring board member, Dick Piechowski, Waupaca. He served on the former NorthStar Cooperative and CentralStar Cooperative Boards of Directors for 20 years. Lora Korth, New London, is the awardee. Lora’s parents are Mike and Amy Korth. She is a student at UW-River Falls studying dairy-science management and crop science.
The final two scholarship honorees are Kylie Crandall and Amy Kern of Michigan.