Five area students earn Md. & Va. co-op scholarships

May 17, 2006

Five Tri-State area students are among the 11 who are pursuing careers in the dairy industry and who have won scholarships from the Maryland & Virginia Milk Producers Cooperative Association.

"We are compelled to help future dairy leaders achieve their education goals," said co-op President Steve Graybeal of Peach Bottom, Pa.

"Education opens doors and we're thrilled to help these 11 talented students on their way to successful careers within the industry."

This year, the cooperative awarded five $1,000 scholarships. In addition, donations from industry partners and other people enabled the co-op to present three $750 and three $500 scholarships.


Area scholarship winners include:

Laura Gaver, of New Market, Md., won a $1,000 scholarship.

Gaver has just finished her freshman year as a dairy science and accounting dual major at Virginia Tech.

Her parents, Michael and Lisa Gaver, operate a dairy and Christmas tree farm. Laura spends school breaks milking, tending trees and keeping records. The former Maryland Alternate Dairy Princess is active in local dairy promotion and is a member of Virginia Tech's Dairy Club.

Scott Mosemann, of Warfordsburg, Pa., won a $1,000 scholarship.

A senior at Penn State, Mosemann is pursuing a degree in animal bioscience and plans to partner with his brother and sister-in-law in the family's dairy farm after becoming a large animal veterinarian.

Scott, the son of Richard and Linda Mosemann, is president of Penn State's Dairy Science Club and member of EARTH House and Campus Crusade for Christ.

Hannah Smith, a senior at Clear Spring High School, won a $1,000 scholarship.

Hannah going to attend Virginia Tech. Active in 4-H, FFA, Maryland Junior Holstein and Brown Swiss Associations, and National Honor Society, Hannah also volunteers at the Star Equestrian Center.

The daughter of John and Paula Smith, Hannah works several mornings each week on Maryland & Virginia member Brian Brake's dairy farm.

Brian Forsythe, of Hagerstown, won a $750 scholarship.

This fall, Brian will be a senior at Delaware Valley College, where he is active in the Dairy Society and lettered in cross country.

Brian works with his parents Michael and Christine Forsythe on their dairy and orchard, where he plans to return after graduation. Brian's studies in dairy science and lifelong work with dairy cattle helped him earn high individual placing in Holstein dairy judging at the 2005 North American International Livestock Expo.

Shaina Martin, of Mercersburg, Pa., won a $500 scholarship.

When not coaching elementary basketball or earning a place on the Dean's List, Shaina is working toward an animal science degree at Penn State University.

The daughter of Chester and Jane Martin, Shaina hopes to pursue a career as the dairy herd manager of her family's 230-head Holstein herd.

To contribute to Maryland & Virginia's scholarship fund, contact Amber DuMont at 1-800-552-1976 or mail a donation to the cooperative in care of 1985 Isaac Newton Square West, Reston, VA, 20170.

The application for the 2007-2008 scholarship program will be available online at by Dec. 1

Owned and operated by 1,500 dairy farm families from Pennsylvania to Georgia, Maryland & Virginia is a milk marketing and processing cooperative providing consumers throughout the Mid-Atlantic and Southeastern U.S. with milk and dairy products.

The co-op owns and operates three fluid processing plants; Marva Maid of Newport News, Va., Marva Maid of Landover, Md., and Maola Milk and Ice Cream Company in New Bern, N.C.; a manufacturing plant in Laurel, Md.; and an equipment warehouse business in Frederick, Md. The cooperative is also majority owner of a second manufacturing plant, Valley Milk LLC in Strasburg, Va.

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