“I hope to pursue a career as a dairy geneticist or research the human genome,” says Bethany Dado, 17, of Amery, who plans to double major in dairy science and genetics. And at the Wisconsin Junior State Fair in August, the high school senior won a statewide award to help her achieve those goals.
While 15 young people received the James W. Crowley State 4-H Dairy Leadership Award for their outstanding dairy projects, Dado was one of only two top winners—along with Morgan Behnke, of New Glarus—to also receive a $500 scholarship toward her dairy education.
“It’s really a privilege to interview these young people who all wear their passion for the dairy industry on their sleeves,” says award judge Ted Halbach, director of CALS’ Farm and Industry Short Course. “Doc Crowley would be pleased with the leadership skills these young people have demonstrated both in school and with their 4-H project.”
The award program is offered in memory of James W. Crowley, a longtime UW–Extension dairy specialist and a strong supporter of youth in dairy. In addition to the awards, the James W. Crowley Dairy Management and Extension Fund supports a robust summer internship program offering outstanding UW–Madison students a chance to work under the supervision of UW–Extension agents. Nearly two dozen students have benefited from this experience over the past 11 years.
Recipients of Crowley awards or internships often go on to become leaders in the dairy industry. Dado describes her award experience as highly motivating.
“Although I always try to do my best during my dairy activities, the Crowley award did motivate me to take it to the next level,” she says. “It was always in the back of my mind as I served as a leader in 4-H activities.”
The UW Foundation maintains more than 6,000 gift funds that provide critical resources for the educational and research activities of CALS. To help support the James W. Crowley Dairy Management and Extension Fund, visit: http://www.supportuw.org/giving?seq=13137