Cattlemen’s Scholarship awards for 2016

Because of the support that the Cattlemen receive from their donors and excellent annual meeting participation, the Cattlemen were able to award three $750.00 scholarships this year.

The Cattlemen’s Scholarship is based on academic performance, involvement in Agriculture – especially beef production, membership in Agricultural production associations, school and community activities, and future plans that include staying in Agriculture.

There were 14 applicants this year. The competition was at a very high level.

One of the winners this year is Jessica Blaser, daughter of Jon and Gina Blaser.  She attends Twin River High School.  She carries a 4.0 Grade Point Average and has been very active in FFA, FBLA and 4-H.  She has been an active exhibitor at the Platte County Fair.

Jessica owns 17 of her own commercial and registered Simmental Cows.  She plans to attend the Nebraska College of Technical Ag at Curtis, or UNL in Lincoln. Her major will be in Animal Science with an emphasis in Cow/Calf production.

Maeghan Pieper, daughter of Pam and Adam Pieper is another scholarship winner.  She is a senior at Scotus Central High School in Columbus.  She is also a Platte County 4-H’er who started by showing bucket calves, then graduated her way in to the show ring for breeding heifers and market animals.  She also exhibits Pen of Three beef every year.

Being a standout athlete at Scotus, it is commendable that Maeghan has completed hundreds of community service hours with a variety of experiences.  She plans to study Agriculture, especially beef.  Her first stop for post-secondary education will be at Central Community College where she will also play volleyball.

David Svoboda, son of Richard and Linda Svoboda is the third scholarship winner for 2016.  He is a senior at Schuyler Central High School.  David has lettered in Football and Wrestling.  He is also very active in FFA holding several offices during high school, including Chapter President.  This student is also in the top 20 percent of his class academically.

The college path for this winner is to attend Charon State majoring in Rangeland Management along with Livestock Management.

For more information or assistance, please contact Allan Vyhnalek, Extension Educator, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Extension in Platte County.  Phone: 402-563-4901 or e-mail