Stockmen’s Foundation names 8 scholarship recipients |

Stockmen’s Foundation names 8 scholarship recipients

The North Dakota Stockmen’s Foundation (NDSF) named eight young leaders in North Dakota agriculture as 2016 Stockmen’s Foundation scholarship winners.

NDSF President Jason Zahn presented the scholarships to this year’s winners during the North Dakota Stockmen’s Association’s (NDSA) 87th Annual Convention & Trade Show, “Rooted in Tradition, Growing for the Future,” Sept. 24 in Minot, N.D.

The NDSF awarded four $500 Legacy scholarships to Kacey Koester of Steele, N.D., Jacob Lardy of West Fargo, N.D., Jerrod MacDonald of Bismarck, N.D., and Paige Schmidt of Medina, N.D.; a $500 Junior Scholarship to Aaron Subart of Robinson, N.D.; a $500 Endowment Scholarship to Renae Tokach of St. Anthony, N.D.; a $500 Tokach Angus Ranch Memorial Scholarship to Haley Goodall of Stanley, N.D.; and a $750 Jack and Vander Reich Memorial Endowment Scholarship to Tate Abrahamson of Velva, N.D.

Koester is the daughter of Steve and Tracey Koester. She served as president of the Kidder County FFA chapter, senior class president and as an active member of Student Council. Koester is majoring in animal science/pre-vet at North Dakota State University (NDSU). Koester is a junior director for the National Junior Red Angus Association and was named the outstanding National Junior Member earlier this month. After graduation, she plans to pursue a career in large-animal veterinary medicine.

Lardy is the son of Greg and Lynae Lardy. He is an active member of the Saddle and Sirloin Club and Natural Resource Management Club at NDSU. Lardy is majoring in range science and minoring in animal science. After graduation, he plans to pursue a career in range management, researching ways to better reclaim rangelands after oil development.

MacDonald is the son of Will and Jerilyn MacDonald. He is serving as the state FFA Reporter and received the 2015 Agricultural Student of the Year award from Bismarck Public Schools. After graduation, MacDonald is attending NDSU, where he is pursuing a degree in animal science or agricultural economics.

Schmidt is the daughter of Jason and Serena Schmidt. The all-conference and all-district basketball and volleyball player served as Student Council president and Kidder County FFA president, among other offices. She is attending the University of Jamestown and is pursuing a degree in biology and business and playing on the Jimmies basketball team.

Subart is the son of Robert and Margaret Subart. He serves as a North Dakota 4-H Ambassador and is an active member of the Saddle and Sirloin Club and Collegiate 4-H at NDSU. He is pursuing a degree in animal science. Subart plans to return to his family ranch after graduation.

Tokach is the daughter of Richard and Kathy Tokach. In her time at Kansas State University, she was involved in the Block and Bridle club, the Collegiate CattleWomen, Sigma Alpha Professional Agriculture Sorority, Agricultural Communicators of Tomorrow and the College of Agriculture Student Council. Tokach is majoring in agricultural education at NDSU. After graduation, she intends to teach ag and maintain her herd of registered angus cattle.

Goodall is the daughter of Brooks Goodall. She is currently attending Oklahoma State University. In high school, Goodall was an active member of FFA and 4-H. She is pursuing a degree in animal science with minors in agricultural economics and crop science.

Abrahamson is the son of Kacey and Kristie Abrahamson. He is pursuing a degree in farm and ranch management at Bismarck State College. In high school, he played a large role on his football and basketball teams and competed in science fairs at the regional level. He plans to return home to grow his 25-head cowherd and continue his role in his family’s rodeo stock contracting company.

The NDSF is offering scholarships again in 2017. For more information, visit The scholarship application deadline is March 1.

The NDSF was established in 2008 to support beef-related research, education, promotion, building and leadership objectives in North Dakota. F

–North Dakota Stockmen’s Association

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