WyFB awards nine college scholarships
Investing in the youth of our great state as they work to accomplish their academic goals is important to the Wyoming Farm Bureau Federation. Each year we award $5,500 in college scholarships to nine Farm Bureau members and/or the children of Farm Bureau members. The Livingston-King Scholarship, valued at $1,500, is given in honor of former presidents of the Wyoming Farm Bureau Federation, Herbert D. Livingston and H.J. King, as well as Buddy and Norma Livingston, the parents of former WyFB President Perry Livingston. Additionally, five Wyoming Farm Bureau Federation Scholarships and three Continuing Education Scholarships are awarded at $500 each. The Continuing Education Scholarship recipients must be an entering college sophomore, junior, senior or graduate student. Wyoming Farm Bureau Federation Scholarship applications are due March 1st each year and are available at local county Farm Bureau offices or online at www.wyfb.org. We are proud to honor these outstanding individuals with college scholarships to play a small part in helping them achieve their goals. Dalton Butler—Livingston Family and H.J. King Memorial Scholarship Dalton Butler, of Hulett, is the recipient of the $1,500 Livingston Family/H.J. King Memorial scholarship. Butler will be a freshman at Casper College this fall studying Aviation/Ag Business. His parents are J.R. and Bobbi Butler. Dalton recalls participating in the WyFB “Ag Books for Kids” program in the coloring and poster contests as an elementary student. During his high school years, Dalton was actively involved in sports, FFA, academics, Student Council and volunteering in the community. His academic success earned him the title of Class Valedictorian. He has been a leader on all levels of the Devils Tower FFA and Hulett Student Council including serving as Chapter FFA President and Senior Class President. He partners with his brothers in a family sheep business and has received multiple livestock show awards at the county and state level. His recommenders describe Dalton as a highly motivated young man who has worked diligently at all of his activities. Hunter Bailey – Wyoming Farm Bureau Federation Scholarship Seeking a degree in Agriculture Business, Hunter Bailey will be attending Northwest College this fall. Hunter, of Moorcroft, is a graduate of Hulett High School and his parents are Justin and Sharon Bailey. Hunter has put his focus on academics and school activities. He has served as an FFA chapter officer and also participated in the National FFA Convention. For sports, he played football, basketball and track. Hunter also served on Student Council as class representative and as Student Body President. As a 4-H member, he has shown livestock at the county, state and national levels. His recommenders describe him as an exceptional young man who is a natural leader and dedicated student. He is committed to attain excellence in everything he does. Malea Christensen – Wyoming Farm Bureau Federation Scholarship Malea Christensen will be a freshman at the University of Wyoming (UW) this fall majoring in Molecular Biology. From Buford, Malea is the daughter of Todd and Colette Christensen. Her family has enjoyed attending the county Farm Bureau picnics in Albany County. Malea looks forward to making her own contribution to the Collegiate Farm Bureau at UW. Malea’s extra-curricular activities include 4-H, Albany County Cattlewomen Beef Ambassador, and Science Fair. She volunteers through her Church to help with the AWANA cubbies (2-5 year olds) and also volunteers at a local nursing home singing and visiting with those who reside in the home and are shut-ins. Through 4-H, she has served in multiple club office positions, competed in many contests and also served as a Jr. Leader. Her recommenders commend her diverse leadership skills and inspiring spirit of service to others. Wyatt Duncan - Wyoming Farm Bureau Federation Scholarship Wyatt Duncan, of Dixon, will be a freshman at Sheridan College seeking a degree in Agriculture Business. He is the son of William and Davi Duncan. During high school, Wyatt was active in FFA, Student Council, Science Club, football and basketball. For sports he achieved all-state and all-conference honors in football as well as being a member of the State Champion 1A 6-man football team. He has been a 4-H member participating in livestock and shooting sports. Rodeo is also a sport Wyatt has participated in since he was six years old. Wyatt volunteers his time for the local rodeo and Mountain Man Rendezvous events. He also served on a humanitarian trip to Uganda Africa before his freshman year. From a ranching family, the Duncans value the membership discounts provided by the Wyoming Farm Bureau. Wyatt’s recommenders describe him as an exceptional leader that is willing to put in the hard work and put others before self. His determination, dedication and willingness to prepare for events and competitions are noted as a few of his attributes. Sydnie Fornstrom – Wyoming Farm Bureau Federation Scholarship Pine Bluffs High School Graduate Sydnie Fornstrom will attend the University of Wyoming this fall seeking a degree in Business. Sydnie is the daughter of Todd and Laura Fornstrom. Sydnie’s list of activities ranges from sports to honor society to Fellowship of Christian Athletes. During high school, she participated in volleyball, basketball and track and field. She was also a member of the National Honor Society, FBLA, Student Council, Drama, Chess Club and Pep-Band. Sydnie’s family has been involved with Farm Bureau for three generations beginning with her grandmother’s involvement at county and state meetings. Her parents have been involved for the past 28 years; both serving in a variety of leadership positions at the county, state and national levels. Her dad, Todd, is serving his fourth term as president of the Wyoming Farm Bureau Federation. Through this involvement, Sydnie has attended many Farm Bureau meetings and helped with many Federation activities including the Laramie County Farm Bureau booth at county fair. Sydnie’s recommenders describe her as a great leader who is kind to all. They describe her as one who always volunteers to get things done and does it with great passion and maturity. Regan Schmeltzer – Wyoming Farm Bureau Federation Scholarship Agriculture Business is the degree Regan Schmeltzer will be seeking this fall as a freshman at Casper College. Schmeltzer is a graduate of Worland High School and is the son of Chris and Lauree Schmeltzer. Regan has been an active member of 4-H, FFA, National Honors Society and sports. He also volunteers as a little league football camp coach and for highway cleanup projects. Farm Bureau involvement runs deep in Schmeltzer’s family. His mother Lauree has served as the Washakie County Farm Bureau membership secretary for 18 years. His father Chris serves on the Washakie County Farm Bureau board of directors; a position he has volunteered for 22 years. His recommenders describe Regan as a responsible, hardworking and well-rounded young man. Jenni Ebersberger - Wyoming Farm Bureau Federation Continuing Education Scholarship Jenni Ebersberger, of Powell, is a graduate student working towards a Masters in Health Administration through the University of Wyoming. She is the daughter of Gary Rick Ebersberger and Lori Lee Ebersberger. She is a full-time graduate student and works as a CNA at an assisted living facility. Jenni is a 2019 Magna cum laude graduate of the University of Wyoming with a Bachelor of Science in Physiology. As an undergraduate student at Northwest College and UW, Jenni was active in the Honors Society and Student Senate. Volunteerism is high on the list of Jenni’s activities. She has a long list of volunteer events/organizations to which she gives her time. The list includes, but is not limited to, Big Brothers Big Sisters, She’s a Runner Girl Coach, Royal Family Kids Camp and GIVE Volunteer Abroad. She has served on many mission trips for her church including Malawai, South Africa and Thailand. The mission work has varied from bible studies and crafts to volunteering in slum clinics to teaching English education. Her recommenders say no challenge is too demanding for her. They also note how hard working she is academically and with related work experience. Emma Jay - Wyoming Farm Bureau Federation Continuing Education Scholarship Emma Jay, of Hulett, will be a college sophomore at Casper College. She is double majoring in Elementary Education and General Agriculture. She is the daughter of William and Jennifer Jay. In high school, Emma was involved in several clubs including FFA, FBLA and Student Council. She participated in band and choir and was a varsity basketball player and track runner. During her first year of college, she focused on academics finishing the first semester with a 4.0 GPA and being inducted into the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. She is looking forward to being involved with the community service projects through this organization. The Jays have enjoyed attending Wyoming Farm Bureau Federation Young Farmer & Rancher Conferences in past years. According to Emma, her family appreciates the Federation’s mission and the ways the organization works to help young ranchers create successful operations. Her recommenders appreciate the hard work and dedication she displays in all she does. She is described as an excellent role model who is determined and someone who is always around to help others. Aletta Ziehl - Wyoming Farm Bureau Federation Continuing Education Scholarship A Casper College sophomore, Aletta Ziehl is pursuing a degree in Elementary Education and Early Childhood Education. Her parents are Chad and Nicole Ziehl. Aletta has been involved in the FFA organization and the 4-H organization on the local, state and national levels. She has advocated for beef as the Natrona County Cow-Belles Royal Court Member and Leader. Aletta also serves in different volunteer positions through her church. Farm Bureau volunteer work runs in the family. Her father is the vice president of the Natrona County Farm & Ranch Bureau and her mother is the membership chair. Aletta plans and coordinates the county Farm Bureau’s annual meeting and organizes the “Ag Books for Kids” program for the local schools. Aletta has been described as a caring individual who is responsible and reliable when it comes to her commitments. She is determined and goal oriented when working on projects either for school or employment. It has been said that when Aletta is around the task at hand is sure to get done right.