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Animal science students receive scholarships from Southwest Meat Association


Three students from Tarleton State University were selected as recipients for the Bob Ondrusek Memorial Scholarship. The scholarship is given by the Southwest Meat Association's foundation.

The chosen students include Katarina Weinberg, a junior animal science major from Tomball; Leslie Garcia, an animal science graduate student from La Vernia; and Mark Frenzel, an animal science graduate student from Rosebud-Lott.

"The scholarship was started in honor of Bob Ondrusek," said Dr. Randy Harp, associate professor of animal science. "Bob was a big supporter of education and kids."

Ondrusek was the third generation in his family to operate Columbia Packing Company, which is a meat company based in Dallas. He served as SMA president for two terms. SMA established a scholarship fund in Ondrusek's name in 2000, which helps students pursuing degrees in meat science.

"It is unique to have this many Tarleton students receive the scholarship in the same year," Harp said. "We've gotten one or two in the past, but the is the first time we've ever had three."

SMA awards five to seven scholarships each year, depending upon available funds.

"The majority of the scholarships go to Texas A," Harp said. "However the schools that compete the hardest for the scholarships are Texas A, Texas Tech, Angelo State and Tarleton."

The scholarships range in value. A $2,500 scholarship went to Weinberg, Garcia received $2,000 and Frenzel received one worth $1,500, respectively.

The actual award presentation will take place July 24 during the SMA's convention in San Antonio.

SMA is an organization created to make a difference for its members by initiating opportunities, resolving problems and helping member companies earn a reasonable return on investment. The primary focus of member companies is to produce products that meet or exceed consumer expectations in product safety, nutrition and value.

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