EAST LANSING, MI -- Timothy Frahm of Frankenmuth, MI, was chosen as the 2015-16 recipient of the Nick Bellows Scholarship from the Michigan Dairy Memorial and Scholarship Foundation Inc., at Michigan State University (MSU). The $3,500 scholarship is named in honor of Nick Bellows, the former chief executive officer of the United Dairy Industry of Michigan (UDIM). The award is presented to an MSU student with a career interest in dairy promotions.
Frahm is the son of Eric Frahm and Teresa Crook. He received the award based on his academic achievements, involvement in extracurricular activities and interest in one day attaining a career in agricultural marketing or communications or dairy-related sales. Timothy is a senior majoring in agribusiness management and expects to graduate in Dec. 2016.
At MSU, Frahm has been an active member of the MSU Dairy Club and competed on the Michigan 4-H and MSU dairy cattle judging team. He was a member of the 2014 Michigan 4-H dairy cattle judging team that finished as the No. 1 team overall and high team in oral reasons at the national contest in Madison, Wis. As a result of the team’s success, Frahm and his teammates traveled to Europe in June 2015 and competed in the International Livestock and Dairy Judging Contest in Scotland. In 2014, Frahm won the All-American 4-H Dairy Management Contest in Harrisburg, Pa.
Prior to attending MSU, Frahm was active in 4-H and was selected to attend the National 4-H Dairy Conference. He was the Michigan Sugar Company West District Sugarbeet Project Prestige Winner in 2011 and 2012, and was awarded first place in the Health Occupations Students of America 2012 Michigan and 2012 Regional Clinical Specialty competitions. Frahm competed in the varsity science Olympiad and in varsity wresting and soccer, and volunteered as an American Youth Soccer Organization referee for three years.
Frahm has been employed as a relief artificial insemination technician for ABS Global, Inc. since 2012. After graduation, he plans to continue working for ABS Global, Inc., as well as on his family’s Golden Elm Dairy farm.
The Nick Bellows Scholarship was established in 2011 by the UDIM board of directors and staff members to recognize Bellows for his two and a half decades of commitment and dedication as the organization’s CEO. His record of service included directing the formation of many programs widely lauded as being among the nation’s most effective in terms of increasing dairy consumption. Bellows accomplished this by building a solid network of partners from the Michigan business and scientific communities who invested their credibility and financial resources in local dairy promotion programs. Additionally, in order to advance programming at the national level, he shared his time and expertise by serving as chair and committee member of several Dairy Management, Inc. program planning committees.
Bellows was born and raised on a 320-acre centennial dairy farm in Eaton Rapids where his family milked 40 Holsteins. After serving as an Army paratrooper in the 101st Airborne Division, he earned a bachelor’s degree in telecommunications from MSU and a law degree from the Thomas M. Cooley Law School.
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.