BRATTLEBORO, Vt. — The National Judi Collinsworth Outstanding Junior Exhibitor Memorial Scholarship award recognizes National Junior Holstein Exhibitors who have shown committed involvement and interest in the Holstein industry. Holstein Association USA is pleased to announce the 2022 scholarship winners and support two outstanding Junior Holstein Members as they pursue higher education.
Receiving the top $1,000 scholarship is Kylie Konyn from California. Kylie is currently attending the University of Wisconsin – Madison, where she is involved in the Badger Dairy Club, Collegiate Farm Bureau, Association of Women in Agriculture, and is an undergraduate research assistant. In the future, she plans to pursue a doctorate in dairy cattle genetics or nutrition.
Kylie has been working with Registered Holsteins® for 12 years and found success at both the International Junior Holstein Show and Grand National Junior Holstein Show this year. In addition to her showring success over the years, Kylie has been a Young Distinguished Junior Member (YDJM) finalist, competed in the Dairy Bowl, Dairy Jeopardy, and Speech competitions, and served three terms as California Junior Holstein president.
“From various Junior Holstein competitions, leadership positions, on farm internship and learning opportunities, show string teams, and in my daily life at school, I have learned the value and impact that network and teamwork can have on a person’s Junior Holstein career,” Kylie wrote in her scholarship application. “As I look forward to further involvement in the Holstein breed, I aspire to use the skills and relationships I have developed to further impact the lives and industry around me.”
Receiving the $500 scholarship is Delana Erbsen from Illinois. Delana is majoring in Dairy Science at Iowa State University where she is active in the Iowa State Dairy Science Club. She also remains involved in her family’s farm, Erbacres Holsteins, where she is responsible for helping care for youngstock, milking cows, and cow comfort. After completing her undergraduate degree, Delana hopes to attend veterinary school or pursue a doctorate in animal breeding and genetics.
Delana’s National Junior Holstein Association experiences include participating in Dairy Bowl and Dairy Jeopardy and being selected as a YDJM finalist. She also enjoys working with her family at local, state, and national Holstein shows, and plans to continue breeding, raising, and showing Registered Holsteins with her family.
About the Award
Judi Collinsworth worked at Holstein Association USA in Brattleboro, Vermont as the Executive Director of Member and Industry Relations. She spent a great deal of time working to improve and expand the programs available to Holstein youth and was responsible for telemarketing, member-related programs, State Association communications, member services and Association external affairs.
Scholarship recipients must be a National Junior Holstein member and enrolled in a 2- or 4-year college or university. Youth must also have exhibited their animal at a National Junior Holstein Show during the current show season. Applicants are judged on their leadership profile, Holstein involvement and interest, and participation in other activities. More information can be found at www.holsteinusa.com/pdf/forms_apps/collinsworth_award.pdf.
–Holstein Association USA, Inc.