The Nebraska Cattlemen Foundation has announced the winners of its scholarships for the 2000-2001 school year.

Six young people, who have excelled at industry involvement and academics, will also receive $1,000 each.

New this year, a seventh student, David Schroeder, West Point, has been chosen to receive a $3,700 integrated scholarship, internship and leadership conference award. A $3,200 scholarship is jointly underwritten by Merial's Generations of Excellence program and Agriculture Future of America. Merial also will provide $500 to send Schroeder to the AFA Leaders Conference this November, in Kansas City. Finally, AFA will work with the Schroeders to secure an internship for the summer of 2001 with a leading agricultural company or organization.

Schroeder plans to attend the University of Nebraska and to seek a major in food science, specializing in product development.

"Nothing is more important than providing a sound education for tomorrow's producers," according to Bill Rishel, NC Foundation president. "Those planning to work in the changing cattle and beef industries into the next century will need to be proficient in animal and crop sciences, business economics and communications. That is why the NC Foundation is providing these scholarships."

The NC Foundation has received nearly $70,000 during the last five years from Merial's IVOMEC Generations of Excellence program. "Because of this partnership, the NC Foundation is able to raise its support for young producers to a new level. We have a goal of being able to provide more of this level of support," Rishel said.

The NC Foundation will award $1,000 scholarships to the following six students: Brandon Polhmann, Plymouth, will receive a scholarship sponsored by Merial's Generation of Excellence program. Genna Frenzen, Fullerton, will receive a scholarship sponsored by Ft. Dodge Animal Health. Darbie McMahon, Blue Hill, will receive a scholarship sponsored by Ft. Dodge Animal Health. John Hilgenkamp, Arlington, will receive a scholarship sponsored by the Bill Heller Memorial Fund. Brenda Graff, Ogallala, will receive a scholarship sponsored by the Bob F. Lute II Memorial Fund. Craig Fix, Cortland, will receive a scholarship sponsored by Frank and Shirley Sibert, Valentine.

Rishel said competition among the applicants was stiff. The selection committee members were encouraged by the academic, leadership and industry involvement records of the applicants. The confidence the foundation and all producers have in the future of the beef cattle industry in Nebraska is bolstered when it is able to invest in the future of young cattlemen and cattlewomen of such high caliber, Rishel said.

This year's scholarships raise the NC Foundation's total to 136 and nearly $83,000. The first two scholarships were given in 1969.

The mission of the Nebraska Cattlemen Foundation is to raise and provide funds for educational and scientific activities that benefit the beef cattle producers in Nebraska and advance the purposes of the Nebraska Cattlemen.

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