Checking in with Land O’Lakes Scholar Brett Pfarr

Wednesday, March 9, 2016 - 10:15am

In 2013, Land O’Lakes generously created a scholarship to support high-achieving juniors or transfer students studying in the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences. Each of these scholars has demonstrated a commitment to food or agriculture.

Brett Pfarr is a Land O’Lakes Scholar and wrestles for the Golden Gophers, where he also volunteers through athletic department community outreach programs.The Big Ten Conference recently recognized Brett as an Academic All-Big Ten honoree for his academic success. We checked in with him between his classes and wrestling meets.

Q: What are you studying?  My major is agricultural and food business management, with an emphasis in entrepreneurship. I’m a management minor in the Carlson School of Management. I’m forever going between all three Twin Cities campuses.

Q: What does this scholarship mean to you and your family?  I’m very thankful. It takes a financial burden off of my family, and is helping me live my dream of being a Golden Gopher student-athlete.

Q: What was the Land O’Lakes Scholar team project like?  It was a great experience! Last year, with other Land O’Lakes Scholars, I was on a team project under the direction of K.C. Graner. We learned about Land O’Lakes and Winfield, and also met people throughout all divisions of the company.

Q: As a Golden Gopher wrestler, what has been your proudest moment?  My proudest personal accomplishments are being a Big Ten finalist and national qualifier, both this year and last year. I was once the little boy who came to watch the Gophers wrestle. Now I’m part of this legendary program, so proud to represent the U of M! I especially love wrestling in front of the home fans. All of this is a dream come true. I try to never take it for granted.

Q: After you graduate in 2017, what’s next?  I'd like to travel and experience new things. After that, working in an ag- or food-related company appeals to me, or I might start my own business. My future is undecided and that's alright for now.