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Fredrick High Graduate Awarded Dairy MAX Scholarship

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 14:39:41 CDT

Fredrick High Graduate Awarded Dairy MAX Scholarship

A Frederick high school graduate is the recipient of a $2,500 scholarship sponsored by Dairy MAX, your local dairy council. Liza Van der Laan is one of two high school graduates who received the award. The scholarship is given based on scholastic achievement, leadership abilities and an interest in an agricultural-related field of study.

"We are proud to support outstanding youth in their future endeavors," said Tom Woods, a Dairy MAX board member and farmer from Gage, Okla. "With the help of these young leaders, I have no doubt the dairy industry has a bright future ahead."

In the fall, Van der Laan will pursue an undergraduate degree in plant science at Oklahoma State University. Upon graduating college, she hopes to pursue a career in biotechnology and develop a strain of drought and flood resistant crops.

Van der Laan was an officer for her local 4-H club and FFA chapter. She represented dairy farmers as the National Milking Shorthorn Queen, and volunteered at numerous dairy events and contests. She is an active member of the American Shorthorn Society, the Brown Swiss Association, and Holstein USA.

To date, Dairy MAX has awarded more than $35,000 in scholarships to outstanding high school and undergraduate students to provide assistance for pursuing a degree in agriculture.

"Dairy farmers aren't only committed to taking good care of their land, cows and providing quality milk, they are also committed to their communities," said Marty McKinzie, vice president of industry image and relations with Dairy MAX, Inc. "Investing in young leadership through this scholarship program is a great way to invest in the future success of dairy farmers and rural communities."

To be eligible for Dairy MAX scholarships, applicants must be a child of a dairy farmer or dairy farm employee or an FFA or 4-H dairy show participant. Winners must also reside in the geographic territory served by Dairy MAX, which includes Texas, New Mexico, western Oklahoma and southwestern Kansas.



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