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EAST LANSING, MI -- Matthew Kuhn of Schoolcraft, Mich., has been chosen as the 2016-2017 recipient of the Redmond (“Red”) and Edna Cotter endowed scholarship through the Michigan Dairy Memorial and Scholarship Foundation Inc. (MDMSF), at Michigan State University (MSU).

The $4,000 scholarship is named in honor of Red Cotter, an inspirational dairy industry leader and respected motivator of sales and marketing executives, and his wife Edna.

Kuhn, the son of Ronald and Brenda Kuhn, received the award based on his academic achievements, involvement in extracurricular activities and interest in pursuing a career in dairy cattle research.

In addition to his enrollment at MSU, he has been involved with the MSU College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (CANR), where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in animal science in May 2013.

Kuhn is currently a third year veterinary student and expecting to graduate in May with a Doctoral degree in Veterinary Medicine, and in May 2020 with a Doctoral degree in Large Animal Clinical Sciences.

Kuhn has worked as a graduate student in the Matilda R. Wilson Meadowbrook Laboratory, a student lab assistant in the MSU Molecular Pathology Laboratory, a Quality Assurance Intern with Cargill Regional Beef in California, and a Livestock Discovery Intern with Pfizer Pharmaceuticals.

He has also completed a study abroad experience on Biology of the Galapagos Islands during summer 2011.

The Redmond (“Red”) and Edna Cotter endowed scholarship honors the Cotter couple and their many contributions to the dairy industry.

A 1937 graduate of MSU, Mr. Cotter was employed for 43 years as a sales manager for Ralston-Purina, covering Michigan, Ohio, and Indiana.  Upon his retirement, he served as a guest lecturer in the CANR. Edna Cotter’s MSU roots stem back to the beginning: she was born on a farm on what is now the MSU Hancock Turfgrass Research Center and graduated from Michigan State College (MSC) in the 1930’s.

She was a generous supporter of the Redmond and Edna Cotter Agribusiness Scholarship Fund, the MSU Intercollegiate Athletics Fund, and the Carrigan Chair for Feline Health in the MSU College of Veterinary Medicine.

The Michigan Dairy Memorial and Scholarship Foundation awarded more than $100,000 in scholarships to 34 MSU students pursuing dairy industry-related programs of study for the 2016-2017 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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