Nomination Scholarships for Life Science Communications

We are now accepting nominations for CALS departmental scholarships. The deadline for departmental nominations is April 6, 2020. Please convene your department’s scholarship committee as soon as possible to ensure the completion of the nomination process by April 6.

Your department can nominate students for each scholarship listed below. You will also be able to view the scholarship criteria, the total available funds, and number of awards you can make for each scholarship. When you have decided on a student, or students, for a given scholarship, fill out the form on the right with the required information and click submit. Once the name is entered, it will bounce directly back to this page, so you may continue your awarding.

We are aware that some departmental funds have multiple purposes as described in the fund’s Memorandum of Agreement. The spending of these funds for scholarship purposes is left up to the discretion of the department.

Please keep in mind that donors want to know that their gifts are being spent in the way they intended. Proper donor stewardship, which includes spending the money available, leads to continued giving. Please make every effort to spend the amount available unless there are specific reasons within your department not to.

If you are not the scholarship representative for your department, please let us know so we may update our records.

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or see scholarships missing from your list.

Sincerely,

Karen Martin
CALS Scholarship Director

Sue Ryan
Assistant CALS Scholarship Director

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+Dowaine Giraud Dairy Promotion Scholarship

About the Donor
Dowaine Giraud, a lifelong family farmer, believed strongly in dairy promotion. So much was his passion, that he was widely recognized throughout Wisconsin as well as the United States by the work he had done in promoting the dairy industry. At the time of his death, Mr. Giraud was the President of the Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board, Second Vice-President of the United Dairy Industries, and Chairman of DRINK: Dairy Research Incorporated. The scholarship in his name serves to recognize his passion for the dairy industry and dairy promotion.

Eligibility Criteria
Awarded to Senior students in CALS majoring in Dairy Science, Food Science, Agricultural Journalism, Life Sciences Communication or Agricultural Economics. Must be a Wisconsin resident.

Total Awardable Amount: $500

Total Number of Awards: varies depending on amount

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+Frank Lessiter Ag Media Scholarship

About the Donor
This scholarship was established to honor Chairman and Founder of Lessiter Media, Frank Lessiter. This scholarship is designed to support a Life Sciences Communication undergraduate student who is actively pursuing a career in agricultural news media.

Eligibility Criteria
The department of Life Sciences Communication nominates students for this scholarship. Awarded to CALS Undergraduates majoring in Life Sciences Communication.

Total Awardable Amount: $1,000

Total Number of Awards: varies depending on amount

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+Gurine Gulsteen (Gjermundson) Research Fellowship

About the Donor
This CALS scholasrhip is provided in honor of Gurine Gulsteen.

Eligibility Criteria
Awarded to students for research and study who are working to solve practical problems that WI farmers confront in daily lives. All CALS Graduate Programs.

Total Awardable Amount: $1,000

Total Number of Awards: varies depending on amount

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+J.W. Watt Agricultural Journalism Memorial Scholarship

About the Donor
This CALS scholarship is provided in honor of J.W. Watt.

Eligibility Criteria
Awarded to undergraduate students in CALS who are majoring in Agricultural Journalism or Life Sciences Communication.

Total Awardable Amount: $1,000

Total Number of Awards: varies depending on amount

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+Jean W. Fewster Life Sciences Communication Scholarship

About the Donor
Dr. Jean Fewster’s education began at the University of Saskatchewan with an undergraduate degree in home economics. She relished opportunities to learn and this led her to various positions in dietetics and nutrition in Canada. Dr. Fewster came to the UW to complete Master’s and doctoral degrees, both based in the department of agricultural journalism. After earning her PhD, she accepted a position in Rome, Italy, with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. Dr. Fewster served the United Nations for 15 years and continued to be engaged in home economics issues in the United States and Canada.

Eligibility Criteria
Awarded to CALS graduate students majoring in Life Sciences Communication.

Total Awardable Amount: $1,500

Total Number of Awards: varies depending on amount

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+John E. & Elizabeth B. Ross Science Writing Scholarship

About the Donor
Dr. John Ross completed his MS degree in 1949 in Agricultural Journalism and his PhD in Mass Communications in 1954 at UW-Madison. John was one of the first students to receive a PhD in mass communication from the university.
He was hired as a faculty member following his studies and taught as a faculty member in Agricultural Journalism and Environmental Studies at UW-Madison from 1954-1993. His research focused on the role of information in controversial environmental issues, the process of decision-making in developing environmental policies, and attitudes on resource exploitation. Elizabeth “Beth” Basler Ross was born in Oregon where she attended the University of Oregon in Eugene. She graduated with an English degree in 1949 and became a school teacher before marrying John and moving to Madison. She co-authored with John, the book, “Prairies Time, the Leopold Reserve Revisited.”

Eligibility Criteria
Awarded to CALS undergraduate students majoring in Life Sciences Communication. Recipients must have a minimum GPA of 3.0.

Total Awardable Amount: $6,500

Total Number of Awards: varies depending on amount

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+Lloyd & Genevieve Bostian Scholarship

About the Donor
Dr. Lloyd Bostian is originally from North Carolina where he received his BS from North Carolina State University at Raleigh. He and his wife, Genevieve, moved to Madison with the plan to be here a year so Lloyd could attend graduate school at UW-Madison. He received his MS in Agricultural Journalism in 1955 and then was asked to stay on and complete his PhD Mass Communications which he did in 1959. He was hired by the Department of Agricultural Journalism in 1959 as a professor and taught his entire career with what is now the Life Sciences Communication department until he retired in 1994. His research focused on the effectiveness of print media, the impact of technical and scientific writing styles, readership, and the use of technical information. He also examined the communication habits of Wisconsin women employed outside the home. Genevieve joined the Daughters of Demeter organization in 1955 and has remained involved with the service organization for over 50 years, including filling leadership roles like President and Vice President, leads the sewing worship, and is the historian.

Eligibility Criteria
Awarded to freshman, sophomore, junior or senior students in CALS who are majoring in Life Sciences Communication. Underrepresented students preferred. The Department of Life Sciences Communication nominates students for this award.

Total Awardable Amount: $4,000

Total Number of Awards: varies depending on amount

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+Maurice & Grace White Life Sciences Communication Scholarship

About the Donor
Maurice “Maury” White was born on Dec. 14, 1918, on his family farm near Clam Falls, WI. He attended UW-Madison and majored in Agricultural Journalism earning a BS in 1946 and a MS in 1947. He married Grace Witter in 1947. She graduated in 1947 from UW-Madison with a BS in Home Economics Journalism. After serving in the U.S. Army, Maury’s career included: radio farm director and professor at UW-Madison, earning a Ph.D. at Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y., and Director of the Farm and Industry Short Course.

Eligibility Criteria
Awarded to Life Sciences Communication undergraduate or graduate students.

Total Awardable Amount: $1,000

Total Number of Awards: varies depending on amount

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+Nellie McCannon Life Sciences Communication Scholarship

About the Donor
Nellie attended Iowa State College, where, in 1939, she earned a BS in Home Economics with a major in household equipment. After working for several utility companies, she became a home agent in Milwaukee County from 1943 to 1952. During these years, she was the first extension agent to use television as an educational tool. Her first program, a monthly half-hour show about foods, proved to be extremely popular with audiences. She decided to return to school in order to learn about the teaching potential of television. After earning her MS in Agricultural Journalism at UW in 1953, Nellie joined the department. In 1967, her appointment became joint between Agricultural Journalism and the School of Family Resources and Consumer Sciences. Part of her work involved teaching undergraduate and graduate classes in home economics journalism and advising students. As the home economics editor of the Wisconsin Cooperative Extension Programs, she and farm broadcaster Maurice White made five WHA-TV television programs every week.

Eligibility Criteria
Awarded to undergraduate or graduate students majoring in Life Science Communications.

Total Awardable Amount: $10,000

Total Number of Awards: varies depending on amount

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+Robert Bjorklund LSC Scholarship

About the Donor
Jane Bjorklund established the scholarship in memory of her brother, Robert Bjorklund. Bob was a 1949 graduate of the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences and his career focused on writing about agriculture and farm life. He was farm editor of the Wisconsin State Journal for almost 40 years. In 1988 Bob was named Agriculturist of the Year. In 1989 he received Honorary Recognition from the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, the highest award bestowed by the College.

Eligibility Criteria
Awarded to undergraduate students in the Department of Life Sciences Communication. Recipients must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 in LSC courses, not overall GPA.

Total Awardable Amount: $10,000

Total Number of Awards: varies depending on amount

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+The Farm Journal/Andy Weber Discover Ag Media Scholarship

About the Donor
This scholarship is named in honor of Andy Weber ‘14, President and CEO of Farm Journal Media. Andy majored in Life Sciences Communication and is a seasoned executive with 30+ years of senior management experience in business-to-business media. In 2000, he became CEO of Farm Journal Media, the country’s leading agricultural media company, with print, television, radio, newsletter, database, Internet and live event properties and services. Under Weber’s leadership, Farm Journal has transformed from a leading publisher to a fully integrated multimedia company that has nearly doubled in size in the past five years. Known for its editorial integrity and commitment to service journalism, Farm Journal has also received numerous industry awards, including two prestigious Jesse H. Neal “Grand Neal” awards, within the last six years.

Eligibility Criteria
The Farm Journal Media/Andy Weber Discover Ag Media Scholarship will be established as a 10 (ten) year program. This scholarship will provide a $3,000 award to a student within the Department of Life Sciences Communication each academic year; and will be payable at the rate of $1,500.00 per academic semester. This scholarship is non-renewable; students may only receive this award once. Students eligible for the scholarship will be an incoming LSC sophomore; nominated by the faculty and academic staff of the Department of Life Sciences Communication.

Total Awardable Amount: $3,000

Total Number of Awards: varies depending on amount

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+The Farm Journal/Andy Weber Explore Ag Media Scholarship

About the Donor
This scholarship is named in honor of Andy Weber ‘14, President and CEO of Farm Journal Media. Andy majored in Life Sciences Communication and is a seasoned executive with 30+ years of senior management experience in business-to-business media. In 2000, he became CEO of Farm Journal Media, the country’s leading agricultural media company, with print, television, radio, newsletter, database, Internet and live event properties and services. Under Weber’s leadership, Farm Journal has transformed from a leading publisher to a fully integrated multimedia company that has nearly doubled in size in the past five years. Known for its editorial integrity and commitment to service journalism, Farm Journal has also received numerous industry awards, including two prestigious Jesse H. Neal “Grand Neal” awards, within the last six years.

Eligibility Criteria
The Farm Journal Media/Andy Weber Discover Ag Media Scholarship will be established as a 10 (ten) year program. This scholarship will provide a $3,000 award to a student within the Department of Life Sciences Communication each academic year; and will be payable at the rate of $1,500.00 per academic semester. This scholarship is non-renewable; students may only receive this award once. Students eligible for the scholarship will be an incoming LSC sophomore; nominated by the faculty and academic staff of the Department of Life Sciences Communication.

Total Awardable Amount: $3,000

Total Number of Awards: varies depending on amount

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+W.D. Hoard Memorial Graduate Scholarship

About the Donor
Widely considered the father of the Wisconsin dairy industry, William Dempster Hoard played a prominent role in the development of the School of Agriculture at the University of Wisconsin. Hoard crusaded for a prosperous, soil-building agriculture prompted the founding of Hoard’s Dairyman, the national dairy farm magazine. As Governor of Wisconsin, he championed the fight against food adulteration and the spread of misbranding of human food. His acomplishments in the dairy and farming industry are honored with this scholarship.

Eligibility Criteria
Awarded to graduates student with a degree from a college in the United States, showing unusual proficiency in some phase of dairying, dairy production, dairy manufacturing or marketing, or dairy journalism. The recipients are chosen by the Scholarship and Loans Committee upon recommendation by the departments of Dairy Science, Food Science, and Life Science Communications.

Total Awardable Amount: $1,500

Total Number of Awards: varies depending on amount

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