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EAST LANSING, MI -- Alyssa Gehring of Harbor Beach, MI, was chosen as the 2015-16 recipient of the John and Barbara Dilland endowed scholarship through the Michigan Dairy Memorial and Scholarship Foundation Inc., at Michigan State University (MSU). The $3,500 scholarship is named in honor of John Dilland, former controller, director of finance and general manager for the Michigan Milk Producers Association (MMPA), and his wife Barbara. The award is presented to an MSU sophomore, junior or senior student majoring in the field of agribusiness management.

Gehring, the daughter of William and Lenai Gehring, received the award based on her academic achievements and involvement in extracurricular activities. She is a junior at Michigan State University (MSU) pursuing a degree in agribusiness management with specializations in animal science and crop and soil science and expects to graduate in spring 2017.

At MSU, Gehring is a member of the MSU Block and Bridle Club and the MSU Dairy Club. She was active in 4-H, FFA and the National Honor Society in high school.

The John and Barbara Dilland endowed scholarship was established in 2010 by the MMPA upon John’s retirement. He held the positions of controller, director of finance and general manager over the course of his 35 years of service to the organization.  Besides his involvement in MMPA, he has served in leadership capacities on several national organizations including the National Council of Farmer Cooperatives, the National Milk Producers Federation and the Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy. In Michigan, he served on the board of directors for the Michigan FFA Foundation and the Michigan Dairy Memorial and Scholarship Foundation.

The Michigan Dairy Memorial and Scholarship Foundation awarded $95,000 in scholarships to 33 MSU students pursuing dairy industry-related programs of study for the 2015-16 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.

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