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EAST LANSING, MI -- Meggan Freeland of Allegan, MI, has been chosen as the 2015-16 recipient of the Harold and Lillian Gremel 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 Harold and in memory of Lillian Gremel of Sebewaing. The scholarship is awarded annually to a student currently in veterinary school at MSU who completed the Production Animal Scholars Program in the Department of Animal Science.

Freeland, the daughter of Ron and Cindy Freeland, received the award based on her academic achievements, involvement in extracurricular activities and interest in pursuing a career as a large animal (food production animal) veterinarian. She graduated from MSU with a bachelor’s of animal science degree in production medicine in May 2015, and plans to earn her doctorate of veterinary medicine specializing in production animal medicine in May 2019.

As an MSU student, Freeland was a varsity letter winner and member of the Big Ten Cross Country championship team from 2010 to 2013. She also earned Academic All-Big Ten honors from 2009 to 2013. Freeland has gained practical experience working for Alta Genetics, Schaendorf Dairy Farm, Rich-Ro Dairy Farm, the Oakdale Large Animal Clinic, Fleming Dairy Farm and the MSU Swine Farm. She was a member of 4-H for 10 years.

The Harold and Lillian Gremel endowed scholarship was established in 2007 by the Gremel family. Together during their 52 years of marriage, the Huron County dairy producers and lifetime industry supporters were past recipients of the West Huron Michigan Milk Producers Association (MMPA) Outstanding Lifetime Achievement Award, honored as theMMPA Outstanding Young Dairy Couple, and chosen as the MSU Dairy Farmer of the Year. Harold also served on the Michigan Dairy Memorial and Scholarship Foundation board of directors. The Gremel endowed scholarship was the first Michigan Dairy Memorial and Scholarship Foundation scholarship designed for veterinary students.

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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