by Julie Sweney
FarmFirst Dairy Cooperative congratulates Matthew Fischer of Owen, Wis. as a 2021 FarmFirst Dairy Cooperative scholarship recipient. The cooperative recently awarded over $14,000 in scholarships to 13 high school and collegiate students pursuing postsecondary education.
Over the past nine years, FarmFirst has generously provided scholarships to 205 individuals, awarding more than $180,000.
“Our scholarship program is one of many ways FarmFirst gives back to our members and their families,” says Jeff Lyon, General Manager of FarmFirst Dairy Cooperative. “FarmFirst has always held a strong belief that its important to invest and support the education of future generations. Through education, the next generation will become not only the leaders in their industry, but their communities.”
Matthew Fischer, son of Paul H and Sara L Fischer from Owen, Wis. will be a sophomore this fall while pursuing a degree in Dairy Science at UW-River Falls.
“Matthew immerses himself in his family's dairy farm. He participates in the daily operation and also in farm decision making. His active engagement makes him a partner in the family's dairy business. When I have worked with Matthew, he is always the first to volunteer and accept responsibility. He listens intently and consistently incorporates what he's learned into action. I have found him to be very responsible and diligent,” says Pam Selz-Pralle, Fischer’s County 4-H dairy leader and Jr. Holstein Club advisor. “Matthew has worked very hard to become a better leader and public speaker. Like a sponge, he studies agriculture and soaks up knowledge which gives him a good grasp of issues. I have no doubt he’ll be just as focused in his agricultural career as he has been as a dairy youth.”
“Education has always been a cornerstone piece in the foundation of our cooperative. Made possible by the commitment of members and board leaders throughout the years, this support proves to be invaluable to the students the program serves,” says Julie Sweney, Director of Communications & Marketing for FarmFirst Dairy Cooperative. “It is important to support these students and to encourage them to succeed. Their success also leads to our success.”
Scholarship recipients were selected based on leadership, scholastic achievement, extracurricular activities, essay responses and their future plans and career goals. All members of FarmFirst Dairy Cooperative and their children attending four-year universities, two-year technical programs or short courses and high school seniors planning for postsecondary education were eligible to apply for the scholarships.
FarmFirst Dairy Cooperative, established in 2013 and based in Madison, Wis., represents farmers in Wisconsin, Minnesota, South Dakota, Michigan, Iowa, Illinois, and Indiana by providing legislative and regulatory advocacy, dairy marketing services, disaster protection, laboratory testing opportunities and industry promotion. Learn more about FarmFirst Dairy Cooperative by visiting: www.FarmFirstDairyCooperative.com.
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