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Penn State Students Earn Top National Dairy Shrine Scholarships

Posted: October 28, 2015

Seven Penn State Dairy Science Club members received National Dairy Shrine scholarships awarded during the World Dairy Expo in Madison, WI earlier this month.
Penn State students who received National Dairy Shrine scholarships, from left: Sarabeth Royer, Amy Kraus, Amber Gabel, Kyle Sollenberger, Chad Horst,  Isaac Haagen and Simon Itle.

Penn State students who received National Dairy Shrine scholarships, from left: Sarabeth Royer, Amy Kraus, Amber Gabel, Kyle Sollenberger, Chad Horst, Isaac Haagen and Simon Itle.

    Seven Penn State Dairy Science Club members received National Dairy Shrine scholarships awarded at their annual banquet during the World Dairy Expo in Madison, WI earlier this month. Two members won two awards; five others received single scholarships. And the total was impressive - the most ever for students from Penn State.

      Dr. Terry Etherton, Head of the Department of Dairy Science, said, "We are so proud of our students and congratulate them on the fine showing in this prestigious scholarship program. It is a testament to their hard work and their strong preparation that they have done so well. These scholarships are extremely important to the students as they prepare for the future, recognizing and supporting their passion for the dairy industry."

      Winners are:

* Isaac Haagen, Howard, PA, won both first place in the Student Recognition Contest and a Kildee Scholarship for graduate studies. Haagen is pursuing his Ph.D. at Penn State. A member of the Dairy Science Club, Coaly Honor Society, and the Poultry Science Club, he was high individual at the 2012 National Intercollegiate Dairy Cattle Judging Contest and helped lead Penn State's team to a first place finish. He hopes to have a career as a dairy science professor.

* Amber Gabel, Newport, PA, won a Sophomore Merit Scholarship and a Klussendorf Scholarship. At Penn State, Gabel is a member of the Dairy Science Club, Collegiate FFA, Gamma Sigma Delta,  Coaly Honor Society and Schreyer Honors College. She plans to return to her family Holstein and Jersey farm. In addition to focusing on her coursework in livestock production, she has studied milk production traits and genomics in her undergraduate research projects.

* Amy Kraus, Aliquippa, PA, also won a Kildee Scholarship for graduate studies. She is currently studying food animal medicine at the University of Pennsylvania's School of Veterinary Medicine. An Ag Advocate at Penn State, she was active in the Dairy Science Club, Block and Bridle Club, Coaly Honor Society, and the Penn State Equine Research Team. Kraus was also named the 2015 Outstanding Senior in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.

* Chad Horst, Newmanstown, PA, won fifth place in the Student Recognition Contest. A 2014 graduate in animal science, he is working with Alta Genetics and hopes someday to return to his family farm, Lynncrest Holsteins. He is past president of the Pennsylvania Junior Holstein Association and the Penn State Dairy Science Club. He earned All-American honors at the 2013 International Dairy Cattle Judging contest and was captain of the 2015 national champion quiz bowl team at the National Cattlemen's Beef Association convention.   

* Sarabeth Royer, Elizabethtown, PA, won the top NDS (National Dairy Shrine)/DMI (Dairy Management, Inc.) education and communication scholarship, in the amount of $1,500.  Majoring in agricultural and extension education with minors in animal science and international agriculture, she hopes to teach secondary agricultural education. She is a member of the Dairy Science Club, the Poultry Science Club, the Teach Ag!Society, the poultry judging team and the Penn State Navigators Christian Organization. 

* Simon Itle, Loretto, PA, won a NDS/DMI Milk Marketing and Dairy Products Scholarship . He is a member of the Penn State Food Science Club, Dairy Products Evaluation Team, and Dairy Science Club.  A food science major, he wants to gain experience in a large processing facility and then return to the family business.

* Kyle Sollenberger, Spring City, PA, won a Junior Merit Scholarship given to dairy students who demonstrate great interest in the dairy industry and strong leadership skills and academic ability. Sollenberger is vice-president of the  Penn State Dairy Science Club. He participated on the Penn State Dairy Cattle Judging Team and was active in the American Guernsey Youth Association. After graduation he plans to work in dairy nutrition or dairy genetics.

* In addition to the students listed above, Leah Hershberger Weisel, Bedford County, received a Iager Scholarship.  She recently completed a two-year degree at Potomac State University and will begin her Penn State career this upcoming semester. 

      A mission of the National Dairy Shrine (NDS) is to inspire future dairy leaders with scholarships and educational encouragement. Annually, NDS provides more than $40,000 in awards and scholarships for two year and four year college students and leading young dairy producers.