Emmalee Blough, of Lowell, was chosen at the 2016-17 recipient of the Nick Bellows Scholarship from the Michigan Dairy Memorial and Scholarship Foundation Inc., at Michigan State University (MSU). The $4,000 scholarship is named in honor of Nick Bellows, the former chief executive officer of the United Dairy Industry of Michigan (UDIM). This award is presented to an MSU student with a career interest in dairy promotions.
Blough is the daughter of Gary and Laurie Blough. She received the scholarship based on her academic achievements, involvement in extracurricular activities, and interest in pursuing a career in the dairy industry. Blough is a junior majoring in food science and expects to graduate in May 2017.
During college, Blough served as the State Reporter for the Michigan FFA Association and continues to work closely with the association by editing its Creed magazine and assisting with the annual State FFA Convention. She has also participated in 4-H, the Institute of Food Technologists, Campus Crusade for Christ, Bridges Language Partner Program, Agriculture Future of America (AFA) Food Institute and the Kent County Fair.
After graduating, Blough plans to pursue a career in quality assurance at a dairy processing company.
The Nick Bellows Scholarship was established in 2011 by the UDIM board of directors and staff members to recognize Bellows for his two and a half decades of commitment and dedication as the organization's CEO.
For information on making contributions to honor members of the dairy industry or to support student scholarships, please contact the MSU College of Agriculture and Natural Resources External Relations at 517-355-0284. To learn more about the Michigan Dairy Memorial and Scholarship Foundation, contact Dr. Miriam Weber Nielsen in the MSU Department of Animal Science at 517-432-5443.