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EAST LANSING, MI -- Kelly Raterink of Zeeland, MI, was chosen as the 2016-2017 recipient of the Glenn and Anne Lake Scholarship. The scholarship is named after Michigan dairy farmers Glenn and Anne Lake and provides $7,500 in scholarship money divided over two semesters. Glenn Lake served as president of the National Milk Producers Federation and provided leadership in creating the Great Lakes Milk Marketing Federation, which helped dairy farmers secure bargaining rights to market their milk.

Raterink, the daughter of Dennis and Brenda Raterink, is currently a senior at Michigan State University (MSU) and will graduate in May 2017 with a major in Animal Science. She was selected to receive this award based on her academic achievements, involvement in extracurricular activities, and interests in one day pursuing a career in the dairy industry.

Throughout high school and college, Raterink has served as the President and Treasurer of the MSU Dairy Club, Vice President of the Sigma Alpha Professional Agricultural Sorority, Co-chair for the Spartan Spectacular Calf Sale, Treasurer of the Michigan Junior Holstein Association, and was a Michigan Junior Dairy Ambassador. Raterink competed in the MSU Dairy Challenge and on the MSU collegiate and 4-H dairy cattle judging teams.

After graduating in May, she will seek a career in the dairy industry and remain active in her family’s dairy operation.

For more 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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