Midwest Dairy Association Awards Scholarships to Kansas Students

Midwest Dairy Association Awards Scholarships to Kansas Students

Midwest Dairy Association has awarded scholarships to eight Kansas students with dairy backgrounds.

”MDAAshley Haverkamp of Seneca, Julie Kohake of Centralia, Weston Ohlde of Linn, Stacy Rottinghaus of Topeka, Austin Schmitz of Axtell, Andrea Steenbock of Longford, Joshua Steinlage of Goff and Roxanne Wallace of Tipton each received a $500 scholarship. Scholarships are awarded to students based on leadership, work experience, participation in activities, academic performance, involvement in dairy and financial need. Scholarships are funded by dairy checkoff programs.

Ashley Haverkamp
Ashley Haverkamp, Seneca, is the daughter of Brian and Kristina Haverkamp. She attends the Baker University School of Nursing where she is studying to become a registered nurse. Haverkamp said, “I believe my work ethic in school reflects back to growing up on a dairy.”

Julie Kohake
Julie Kohake, Centralia, is the daughter of John and Mary Beth Kohake. She graduated from Nemaha Valley High School and will attend Kansas State University to study athletic training. Kohake said, “Living on a dairy has taught me to be able to prioritize, be responsible and the importance to pay attention to detail in order to have a successful career.”

Weston Ohlde
Weston Ohlde, Linn, is the son of Steve and Cindi Ohlde. He attends Hutchinson Community College and will be transferring to Kansas State University to study agricultural economics and accounting. Ohlde said, “Living on a dairy, I see the importance of financials in this economy because we are doing our best in maximizing production while keeping cost at the lowest it can be.”

Stacy Rottinghaus
Stacy Rottinghaus, Topeka, is the daughter of David and Jan Rottinghaus. She attends Washburn University studying secondary math education with a minor in psychology. Rottinghaus said, “My goal is to teach math in a rural school and show students that if they work hard, they too can achieve their dreams.”

Austin Schmitz
Austin Schmitz, Axtell, is the son of Joe and Amy Schmitz. He graduated from Axtell Public School and will attend Kansas State University to study biological and agricultural engineering. Schmitz said, “Living on my family’s dairy farm, south of Axtell, with my parents and five siblings, I have found a passion for caring for animals and growing food to feed others.”

Andrea Steenbock
Andrea Steenbock, Longford, is the daughter of Curtis and Kristine Steenbock. She attends Kansas State University where she is majoring in agribusiness. Steenbock said, “I have gained many skills from working on my family dairy farm such as responsibility, work ethic, determination, leadership and working with others.”

Joshua Steinlage
Joshua Steinlage, Goff, is the son of Steven and Tamera Steinlage. He graduated from Centralia High School and will attend Southeast Community College in Beatrice, Nebraska, to study agriculture business and management technology. Steinlage said, “I enjoy each and every responsibility of the day-to-day farm life.”

Roxanne Wallace
Roxanne Wallace, Tipton, is the daughter of Brad and Karen Wallace. She graduated from Pittsburg State University with a degree in biology. She attends Oklahoma State University Center for Veterinary Health Sciences studying veterinary medicine. Wallace said, “Being in charge of all of the animals’ health and well-being was the first influence that caused me to look into veterinary medicine as my career goal."