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Springfield, Ill. – Midwest Dairy is rewarding four students with $1,000 scholarships this fall to an accredited college or university of their choice. Recipients were chosen based on their involvement in the dairy industry, leadership, career plans, and academic standing.

Jazmin Wingert of Kent, Illinois, is a student at the University of Wisconsin­Platteville where she studies agriculture business with a minor in political science. In high school as well as college, she was involved in several clubs and organizations including her schools dairy club. Upon graduation, she plans to work in the marketing portion of the dairy industry while continuing to share her dairy story as she believes the biggest challenge facing farmers is the marketing of their products.

Brock Irwin of Belvidere, Illinois, is a student at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls studying dairy science with a minor in agribusiness. Irwin has been involved in the dairy club and was a member of the dairy judging team. Last fall, he worked as the media intern for World Dairy Expo. Prior to that, he was the farm and marketing intern at Rolling Lawns Farm and worked as herd manager intern at Golden Oaks Farm. Irwin plans to work as a consultant with dairy farmers to help implement and improve genetic programs to emphasize health traits and milk component production.

Kali Michael of Centralia, Illinois, is a student studying agricultural education at the University of Illinois. She serves as president of the IlliniDairy Club and is member of numerous clubs on campus. Michael spent her childhood around cows and has become more involved over the years. After graduation, she plans to become an educator to promote the dairy industry.

Hannah Weiman of Quincy, Illinois, is a student at the University of Wisconsin- Platteville where she is majoring in dairy science. Weiman is involved in several organizations and has served on many leadership teams. She served as the 2016-2017 Western Illinois Dairy Princess and on campus, she is a part of the Pioneer Dairy Club and participates in dairy judging. Weiman plans to return to the family farm in hopes of passing it on to future generations.

Students attending an accredited college or university can apply for the Illinois division scholarship beginning in January. In order to be eligible, you or your parent/guardian must own or work on a dairy farm located in Illinois. For more information, please visit MidwestDairy.com.

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