Previous Scholarship Recipients

2004

Tanya Schulte
Tanya Schulte is the only one in her family who's had any interest in horses, but she didn't let that deter her. She started taking lessons at age 7 and participated in 4-H. Her Knowledge Bowl and Hippology Teams advanced to national level competion for the past two years and she has served in many leadership roles, including being president of her club.

Tanya became a post-secondary student at St. Cloud State University in her junior year of high school and has already completed 35 credits of college work. Her dream of becoming an equine vet has never wavered and she's the first in all of her family to attend college. She's currently in her first year at UW-River Falls.

Tanya's letters of recommendation mention her willingness to help younger 4-H members, her sense of teamwork, and her incredible knowledge of horses.

Kate Wagner
Kate Wagner is a second year vet student and a previous winner of a MHC scholarship. She's shown both English and western and then got interested in rodeo in high school. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from Dickinson State University and competed on the rodeo team there. She and her husband still rodeo as much as they can. Last August, she won the 2003 Breakaway Roping Trophy Saddle at the MN Rodeo Assn. Finals.

She worked as a vet tech for an equine vet in order to gain more experience. She believes that knowledge is power and looks forward to starting surgeries this spring.

Kate's letters of recommendation mention her strong focus on becoming an equine practitioner, the time she spends on her own clinics, willingness to volunteer, the extra elective course in Limb Anatomy that she had to apply for and was accepted into, and her outstanding work as an employee in the gross anatomy lab last summer.

Megan Klein
Megan Klein graduated form UW-River Falls. She completed additional coursework in farrier science and equine reproduction and is currently a second year vet tech student at Ridgewater State College. For the past year, she was president of the Ridgewater chapter of the Vet Tech Assn. and worked on a new program in which members got to local grade school classrooms to teach students how to act around animals and what are appropriate reactions to typical animal behaviors.

Megan also works at a research facility that is currently researching and producing vaccines The current focus is on E.coli and salmonella.

Originally, her primary interest was in equine reproduction, but now she's leaning towards the field of research.

Her letters of recommendation mention her professionalism at work, her excellant technical skills, and her willingness to help first year students.

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