Paterson & Fessenden Awarded Scholarship

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Congratulations to Molly Paterson, Johnston, Iowa, and Sam Fessenden, King Ferry, N.Y., the winners of the 2012 John Brandt Memorial Foundation given by the Land O’Lakes Foundation. Paterson is attending Iowa State University and Fessenden is attending the University of Minnesota.

The John Brandt Memorial Foundation scholarship program supports graduate students pursuing work in dairy animal, food science or agribusiness at one of four eligible institutions: Iowa State University, South Dakota State University, University of Minnesota and University of Wisconsin-Madison.

The scholarships are awarded in memory of John Brandt, an industry organizer who formed and remained president of Land O’Lakes until his death in 1953. The Land O’Lakes Foundation awards one or two scholarships each year to students who have demonstrated exceptional commitment and aptitude toward their field of study.

Paterson earned her bachelor’s degree in dairy manufacturing with a minor in food safety from South Dakota State University. Her research focuses on consumer perceptions, preferences and behaviors with fluid milk and will examine consumers’ perceptions and preferences regarding how milk is processed and how it tastes. The information, she said, will provide information about what affects consumers’ milk purchases.

Fessenden received his Bachelor’s with Honors Distinction in Research in Animal Science from Cornell University in Ithaca, NY. His research focuses on the use of hops acids—the compounds responsible for providing flavor and aroma to brewed products— in animal feeds.

Those interested in applying for the 2013-2014 school year can can find more information and download an application form online. Applications for the 2013-2014 school year will be accepted after March 1, 2013.

Source: Land O’Lakes, Inc.

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