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South Dakota State University Dairy Science Students Receive National Scholarships

Four students standing in stairwell.
From left: Ashley Maus, Margaret Socha, Theodore Jacoby and Sanne de Bruijn are recipients of scholarships from the National Dairy Promotion and Research Board.

South Dakota State University dairy science students have been selected for national scholarships awarded by the National Dairy Promotion and Research Board (NDPRB) and National Dairy Shrine.

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From left: Erika Franzen-Ackerman, Sanne de Bruijn and Lukas Pierson (not pictured) were awarded scholarships from the National Dairy Shrine at the 2019 World Dairy Expo. 

“These national scholarships have applicants from around the country. It clearly shows that our recipients are among the best in the country for their leadership abilities in the dairy industry, as well as knowledge of the industry,” said Vikram Mistry, who leads the Department of Dairy and Food Science. “These recipients will be the leaders of the dairy industry in the future.

Sanne de Bruijn, a senior dairy production and dairy manufacturing major from Vicksburg, Michigan; Theodore Jacoby, a junior dairy manufacturing major from Ballwin, Missouri; Ashley Maus, a senior dairy production and dairy manufacturing major from Freeport, Minnesota; and Margaret Socha, a junior dairy production major from Rogers, Minn.; each received a $2,500 scholarship from the NDPRB through Dairy Management Inc., which manages the national dairy checkoff.

The NDPRB scholarships are awarded annually to undergraduate students enrolled in college or university programs that emphasize dairy and have shown potential to become future industry leaders. Twelve students at various universities throughout the United States were chosen as scholarship recipients.            

Additionally, de Bruijn, Erika Franzen-Ackerman, a senior dairy manufacturing major from Fredricksburg, Iowa; and Lukas Pierson, a dairy production major from Butterfield, Minn.; were recognized as recipients of National Dairy Shrine scholarships during an Oct. 3 banquet at the 2019 World Dairy Expo held in Madison, Wisconsin.

Franzen-Ackerman received the top National Dairy Shrine/Dairy Management Inc. Education and Communication Scholarship for $1,500. This scholarship is awarded to students pursuing careers in education or communication in the dairy product industry or related food industries.           

De Bruijn was awarded the Merton Sowerby Junior Merit Scholarship for $1,000. This scholarship is designed to encourage qualified undergraduate students to pursue careers in the dairy industry or related occupations.

Pierson was a recipient of the Klussendorf Scholarship, which honors those who most nearly exemplify the character and ethics of the late, legendary showman and dairy cattle fitter Arthur B. Klussendorf. The scholarship is supported by the Arthur B. Klussendorf Memorial Association. 

About the National Dairy Promotion and Research Board

The 37-member National Dairy Promotion and Research Board, formed in May 1984 under the authority of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, carries out coordinated promotion and research programs to help build demand and expand domestic and international markets for dairy products.

About the National Dairy Shrine

The National Dairy Shrine brings together dairy producers, scientists, students, educators, technical consultants, marketers and others who share a desire to preserve the dairy heritage and keep the dairy industry strong. Founded in 1949 by a small group of visionary dairy leaders, National Dairy Shrine now has nearly 20,000 lifetime members that encompass virtually every facet of the dairy industry.