EAST LANSING, Mich. – Bradley Cole of Bancroft, Mich., was chosen as the 2014-15 recipient of the Velmar Green Scholarship from the Michigan Dairy Memorial and Scholarship Foundation Inc., at Michigan State University (MSU). The $3,500 scholarship is named in honor of innovative dairy leader C. Velmar Green of Elsie, Mich. The award is presented to a second-year student in the MSU Institute of Agricultural Technology dairy management certificate program. Cole is the third scholarship recipient.
Cole is the son of Jeff and Cheryl Cole. He received the award based on his academic achievements, involvement in extracurricular activities and interest in returning to his family’s 3,500-acre cash crop and 650-cow dairy operation after graduation.
While at MSU, Cole completed an internship on a large-scale Texas dairy in 2014. He was an 11-year 4-H member and past president of his 4-H club. Cole was Chapter President with Durand FFA, the Vice President for Region IV FFA, and earned both his State and American FFA degrees. He is a member of the Farmhouse Fraternity at MSU.
The Velmar Green Scholarship was established in 2009 by the Michigan Milk Producers Association (MMPA) to recognize Green for his 40 years of service to the MMPA board of directors. Green is the owner of Green Meadow Farms, Inc., one of the largest herds of registered Holsteins in North America and home to an on-site teaching laboratory for MSU College of Veterinary Medicine students. He has held leadership positions with milk marketing groups, breed associations, the Dairy Herd Improvement Association (DHIA), the Michigan Cattlemen’s Association, university advisory groups and agriculture lending organizations. Green was the 2012-13 chairperson of the Michigan Commission of Agriculture and recognized by the World Dairy Expo as the Dairyman of the Year in 2013.
The Michigan Dairy Memorial and Scholarship Foundation has awarded more than $90,000 in scholarships to 31 MSU students pursuing dairy industry-related programs of study for the 2014-15 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.