April 21, 2014
Contact: Dr. Miriam Weber Nielsen, 517-432-5443
EAST LANSING, Mich. – Stephanie Roggenbuck of Harbor Beach, Mich., has been chosen as the 2013-2014 recipient of the Harold and Lillian Gremel endowed scholarship through the Michigan Dairy Memorial and Scholarship Foundation Inc., at Michigan State University (MSU). The $3,500 scholarship is named in honor of Harold and in memory of Lillian Gremel of Sebewaing. The scholarship is awarded annually to a student currently in veterinary school at MSU who completed the Production Animal Scholars Program in the Department of Animal Science.
Roggenbuck, the daughter of Henry and Marlene Kozdron, received the award based on her academic achievements, involvement in extracurricular activities and interest in pursuing a career as a large animal (production animal) veterinarian. She graduated from Ferris State University with a bachelor’s of science degree in biology in 2008, from MSU with a bachelor’s of animal science degree in production medicine in 2010, and is on schedule to earn her doctorate of veterinary medicine specializing in production animal medicine in May 2014.
As an MSU student, Roggenbuck has been an active member of the MSU College of Veterinary Medicine (CVM) Club, the CVM Food Animal Club and the CVM Student Chapter of the American Veterinary Medical Association (SCAVMA). She is also a member of the American Association of Bovine Practitioners and the Michigan Veterinary Medical Association. Roggenbuck completed a Food System Fellowship summer internship program with the Michigan Milk Producers Association (MMPA) in 2011 and with Neogen Corporation in 2012. At Neogen, she was involved in developing working protocols to more rapidly detect the presence of Salmonella organisms in dairy animal populations.
The Harold and Lillian Gremel endowed scholarship was established in 2007 by the Gremel family. Together during their 52 years of marriage, the Huron County dairy producers and lifetime industry supporters were past recipients of the West Huron Michigan Milk Producers Association (MMPA) Outstanding Lifetime Achievement Award, honored as the MMPA Outstanding Young Dairy Couple, and chosen as the MSU Dairy Farmer of the Year. Harold also served on the Michigan Dairy Memorial and Scholarship Foundation board of directors. The Gremel endowed scholarship was the first Michigan Dairy Memorial and Scholarship Foundation scholarship designed for veterinary students.
The Michigan Dairy Memorial and Scholarship Foundation awarded more than $92,000 in scholarships to 31 MSU students pursuing dairy industry-related programs of study for the 2013-2014 academic year.
For information on making contributions to honor members of the dairy industry or to support student scholarships, please contact the MSU College of Agriculture and Natural Resources External Relations at 517-355-0284. To learn more about the Michigan Dairy Memorial and Scholarship Foundation, contact Dr. Miriam Weber Nielsen in the MSU Department of Animal Science at 517-432-5443.