NILE awards several youth scholarships |

NILE awards several youth scholarships

Riley Dalke

BILLINGS, MT – Since 1990, the NILE has awarded scholarships to deserving FFA and 4-H students that had been actively involved in their respective programs and communities, excelled in the classroom, and participated in NILE events. The Foundation Board doubled the dollar amount that was awarded in scholarships this year and increased the number of scholarships given out. Fourteen high school and college-aged students from across the region have been awarded scholarships from the NILE Foundation as the class of 2013 scholarship recipients.

Scholarships were awarded on three levels:

First is a one-time scholarship awarded to graduating high school seniors that will be continuing their education at a college or vocational school.

The second level of scholarships offered is also a one-time grant, for students already enrolled in College or a Vo-Tech school.

The third level, which offers the largest scholarshiped amount, is a rolling scholarship. The rolling scholarships will be offered to a select group of High School Seniors who will have the opportunity to renew the scholarship yearly, up to four years of their secondary education.

Recipients were chosen from the pool of applicants that are current seniors in High School.

Eight one-time scholarships have been awarded to the following seniors in high school in the amount of $500:

Riley Dalke of Worden, MT. A senior at Huntley Project High School, Riley is the son of Lenny and Bambi Dalke. Riley plans to attend Montana State University in Bozeman, majoring in Chemical Engineering to become a Chemical Engineer.

Reece Idland of Circle, MT. A soon-to-be graduate of Circle Public High School, Reece is the son of Glen and Connie Idland. Reece plans to attend Northwest College, Powell Wyoming to study Ag Business with the dream of running a family ranch.

Colton Marchwinski of Billings, MT. A senior at Billings West High School, Colton is the son of Daniel and Traci Marchwinski. Colton plans to attend Montana State University to study Electrical Engineering.

Lane Krutzfeldt of Powderville, MT. Currently a senior at Custer County District High School, Lane is the son of Lewis and Tracey Krutzfeldt. Lane will attend Northwest College to study Agriculture Business and Welding with the hopes of owning his family’s ranch one day.

Hailey Farnsworth of Ballantine, MT. Currently attending Huntley Project High School, Hailey is the daughter of Derek and Annette Rohrer. Hailey plans to attend Northwest College in Powell, majoring in Animal Science and wants to become an Embryo Transfer Technician.

Charsi Workman of Grass Range, MT. A senior at Grass Range High School, Charsi is the daughter of David and Cathy Workman. Charsi plans to study Agribusiness Management at Montana State University this fall with a goal of becoming an Agricultural Lawyer.

Tyler Shockley of Wheatland, WY. Currently a senior at Wheatland High School, Tyler is the son of Steve and Missy Shockley. Tyler will be attending the University of Wyoming in Laramie this fall.

Kayla Meine of Dillon, MT. A soon-to-be graduate of Beaverhead County High School, Kayla is the daughter of Cody and Kirsten Meine. Kayla will attend Utah State University and major in Animal Science to become a Cattle Embryo Transfer Specialist.

Three rolling scholarships of $1,000 each year, renewable for four years, totaling $4,000, have been awarded to the following students:

Bobby Dorvall of Fromberg, MT. Bobby is the daughter of Link and Holly Dorvall and will graduate from Bridger High School. Bobby will attend Northwest College to study Agricultural Business with plans of obtaining a career in animal genetics or nutrition after college.

Kensey Mikkelsen of Hobson, MT. Kensey is the daughter of Rod and Traci Mikkelsen and will graduate from Hobson High School. Kensey plans to attend Montana State University to study Animal Science with the goal of becoming a Veterinary Technician.

Tayler Mydland of Joliet, MT. Currently a senior at Joliet High School, Tayler is the daughter of Danny and Corie Mydland. Tayler will attend Montana State University to major in Chemical Engineering and work as an engineer, post-college.

The following students are pursuing higher education at college and each has been awarded a $500 scholarship. These recipients are Anne Indreland, Dana Weatherford, and Whit Weingart.

Anne Indreland is currently studying Animal Science at Clarendon College in Clarendon, TX. The daughter of Roger and Betsy Indreland, Anne calls Big Timber, MT home. Anne plans to practice water law after college.

Whit Weingart is pursuing Agricultural Economics at New Mexico State University. Whit’s hometown is Winnett, MT and his parents are K.C. and Teri Weingart. Upon finishing his higher education, Whit plans to become an Agricultural Lawyer and Cattle Rancher.

Dana Weatherford is attending North Dakota State University in pursuit of an Animal Science degree with a minor in Crop and Weed Science. Dana’s parents are Linda and the late Bryan Weatherford. Originally from Joliet, MT Dana wants to become a Bovine Embryo Specialist/Technician after college.

Each year the NILE touches the lives of nearly 10,000 youth through its many programs, events, “live” animal scholarships, and college scholarships. Every year the NILE provides over $55,000 in cash and live animal scholarships.

The NILE Foundation was established in 2009 as a supporting arm of the NILE organization, which is dedicated to the promotion of livestock, agriculture education and respect for the western culture.