KANSAS YOUTH RECEIVE $30,000 IN SCHOLARSHIPS

December 10, 2021

 (TOPEKA) – Twenty-nine scholarship winners for the 2021-22 school year were recognized during the annual Kansas Livestock Association (KLA) Convention December 1 in Wichita. A total of $30,000 was presented by the Kansas Livestock Foundation (KLF) and its partners.              

Brooke Falk of Harveyville and Michaela Musselman from Clifton each received a $1,500 Cartridges for Cash (CFC) Scholarship from Merck Animal Health and KLF. Falk is the daughter of Brian Falk. She is a junior in the Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine. Musselman is the daughter of Michael and Melanie Musselman. She is a second-year student in the Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine.            

Five Kansas students each have been awarded, through KLF, $1,000 CFC Scholarships. Mallory Beltz is the daughter of Daren and Shawna Beltz of Sterling. She is a junior at Kansas State University majoring in animal sciences and industry with a pre-vet option. Jerilyn Nelson of Soldier is the daughter of Jerry and Jo Ann Nelson. She is a second-year student at Kansas State University majoring in animal sciences and industry with a pre-vet option. Colby Nichols of Minneapolis is the son of Rick and Deb Nichols. He is a junior at Kansas State University majoring in animal sciences and industry. From Esbon, Katherine Reinert is the daughter of Betsy and Bryan Reinert. Reinert is a sophomore at Kansas State University majoring in animal sciences and industry. Taylor Zamrzla of Holyrood is the daughter of Jim and Stephanie Zamrzla. She is a senior at Kansas State University studying animal sciences and industry and production management.             

Two students each received a $1,500 Douglas A. Laue Memorial Scholarship. Emily Albright of Delia is the daughter of Scott and Barb Albright. She is a junior majoring in animal sciences and industry at Kansas State University. Kreed Curran is the son of Joe and Kim Curran of Farlington. He is a junior majoring in agricultural communications and journalism at Kansas State University. This scholarship is awarded to students entering their junior or senior year at K-State or Fort Hays State University and pursuing degrees in agriculture.             

Riley Buss of Grantville has been awarded the $1,000 Cattlemen’s Scholarship from GoBob Pipe & Steel and KLF. She is the daughter of Steve and Robin Buss. Buss is a sophomore majoring in agricultural economics at Kansas State University. This scholarship is awarded to a student entering or returning to a Kansas community or senior college and pursuing a degree in agriculture or a related field.               Two $1,000 Hampel Oil/Mobil Delvac Scholarships have been presented to K-State students. Kade McGinn of Sedgwick is the son of Mike and Susannah McGinn. He is a junior at Kansas State University majoring in agribusiness. Halle Schindler of Paola is a junior at Kansas State University majoring in agribusiness. She is the daughter of Eric and Debbie Schindler. This scholarship is awarded to students entering their junior or senior year at K-State or Fort Hays State University and pursuing degrees in agronomy, agribusiness or agricultural economics. Preference is given to applicants with a career goal of being actively engaged in a farming or feedyard enterprise.             Three K-State students from across the state have received $1,000 “Youth in Agriculture” scholarships from KLF. Clay Pelton is the son of Chris and Susan Pelton of Paradise. He is a freshman majoring in animal sciences and industry. Dalton Carey of Newton is the son of Rhonda Unruh and Greg Carey. He is a freshman majoring in agribusiness at Hutchinson Community College. Hailey Gillespie, daughter of Jeff and Karen Gillespie of Colony, is a freshman majoring in general agriculture at Fort Scott Community College. Funded by the KLF Club Calf Sale held during the Kansas Junior Livestock Show, these scholarships recognize students entering or returning to a Kansas junior or senior college and pursuing degrees in agriculture or a related field.             

KLF awarded five Kansas CattleWomen (KCW) $1,000 scholarships to K-State students. Molly McClure is the daughter Ben and Lalane McClure of Hugoton. She is a freshman majoring in agricultural education. Kara Riffel of Westmoreland, the daughter of Beth Gaines and James Riffel, is a freshman majoring in animal sciences and industry. Sydnee Shive of Mount Hope is the daughter of Dawn and Allen Shive. She is a senior majoring in agricultural communications and journalism. Olivia Crist is the daughter of Steve and Jill Lang of Abilene. She is also majoring in animal sciences and industry. Alyssa Kern, Washington, is the daughter of John and Lisa Kern. She is a freshman majoring in nutrition and health. This scholarship, funded by the KCW silent auction, is awarded to students entering or returning to a Kansas community or senior college and pursuing degrees in dietetics, food safety, agriculture or a related field.             

The $1,000 Glenn & Clyde Lindstrom Scholarship has been awarded through KLF to Rachel Yenni, the daughter of David and Kim Yenni of Lindsborg. She is a sophomore at Hutchinson Community College majoring in agricultural business. This scholarship is awarded to a student of sophomore level or above attending a Kansas junior or senior college and pursuing a degree in agriculture. Preference is given to students residing within the boundaries of Unified School District 400 in northern McPherson and southern Saline counties.              

Joseph Stout was awarded the $500 Fred H. Woodbury Memorial Scholarship through KLF. Stout is the son of the late Brady and Jeri Stout of Cottonwood Falls. He is a senior majoring in agricultural economics at Kansas State University. This scholarship is presented to a student attending a Kansas junior or senior college and pursuing a degree in agriculture. Preference is given to students residing within Chase, Franklin, Lyon, Osage or Wabaunsee county.             

The $1,000 Scott Johnson and Family Scholarship has been awarded to Faye Smith of Walton. Smith is the daughter of Troy and Sommer Smith. She is a junior majoring in agricultural communications and journalism at Kansas State University. This scholarship is awarded to any student attending Kansas State University and pursuing a degree in animal sciences and industry, agricultural communications and journalism, agribusiness or agricultural economics.             

Rebecca Donaldson of Berryton was awarded the $500 Farmers Feed Scholarship, administered by the Kansas Livestock Foundation. Donaldson is the daughter of Bruce and Stephanie Donaldson and is a sophomore dual majoring in agricultural communications and journalism and animal sciences and industry at Kansas State University. This scholarship is awarded to any student attending a Kansas community or senior college in the fall of 2021 and pursuing a degree in agriculture or a related field. Preference is given to students majoring in animal sciences and industry or agricultural communications and journalism.              

Five students were awarded $1,000 Altosid IGR Scholarships. Chelsey Bieberle of Bushton is the daughter of Jerry and Audria Bieberle. She is a freshman in the Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine. Caleb Hildebrand of Stafford, son of Jason and Carrie Hildebrand, is a junior at Kansas State University majoring in animal sciences and industry. Chance Kopsa is the son of Kyle and Cassie Kopsa of Beloit. He is a junior at Kansas State University also majoring in animal sciences and industry. From Inman, Katie Krehbiel is a senior at Kansas State University majoring in animal sciences and industry. She is the daughter of Kevin and Sue Krehbiel. Katie Lybarger of Garnett, daughter of Dave and Myra Lybarger, is a graduate student at Kansas State University completing her master’s degree in meat science. This scholarship is awarded to any student entering their junior or senior year, graduate or vet school at Kansas State University or Fort Hays State University and pursuing a degree in agriculture. Preference will be given to students majoring in animal sciences and industry with a career goal of being actively engaged in livestock production or veterinary services.              

KLF was established in 1983 to operate solely and exclusively for charitable, scientific and educational purposes. For information about KLF scholarship opportunities or to receive an application, contact the foundation at 6031 S.W. 37th St., Topeka, KS 66614 or email [email protected]             

KLA is a trade organization protecting the business interests of independent ranchers, feeders and dairy farmers. Members of the association are involved in all segments of the livestock industry, including cow-calf production, backgrounding, cattle feeding, swine, dairy and sheep. The association’s work is funded by voluntary dues dollars paid by its 5,700 members.

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Photo Caption: Pictured (front row, L to R) are Michaela Musselman; Molly McClure; Rebecca Donaldson; and Kara Riffel; (middle row, L to R) Rachel Yenni; Faye Smith; Taylor Zamrzla; Emily Albright; Riley Buss; Katherine Reinert; and Colby Nichols; (back row, L to R) Kreed Curran; Chance Kopsa; Sydnee Shive; Katie Lybarger; Caleb Hildebrand; Olivia Crist; and Dalton Carey.