Supporting the next generation of food and ag leaders

Monday, January 25, 2021 - 9:00am

Since 2014, Land O’Lakes-funded scholarships at the University of Minnesota have helped support an important population: our future food and ag workforce.

Land O’Lakes is an important partner in helping the U of M recruit and retain the next generation of food and ag professionals. The Land O’Lakes Scholarship and the Land O’Lakes Multifunctional Ag and Food Systems Scholarship benefit students who are working toward an undergraduate degree at the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences (CFANS).

These generous scholarships help talented students interested in the agricultural industry do more to maximize their U of M experience and prepare themselves as professionals and leaders.


With gratitude: 2020-2021 recipients of the Land O'Lakes Scholarship


Picture of student, Quinn Johnson"This scholarship has taken a huge stressor out of my life. I would not be able to go to school and finish my degree without people like you, and it gives me encouragement to keep going toward my career goals. Thank you for being part of my journey!"

—Quinn Johnson, '21 B.S., plant science


"I would like to thank you for all the support that I've received, which has helped Picture of student, Hayden Pesteradvance not only my educational life but also my career in agriculture. Because of your support, I will be able to focus on my studies, and continue to be active on campus without the stress of finances. It has really put a smile on my face that my hard work during my educational career hasn't gone unnoticed."

—Hayden Pester, '22 B.S., agricultural and food business management


"I'm from Hayward, Minnesota, right next to Albert Lea. My father is a farmer who Picture of student, Levi Kermesraises pigs and grows corn and soybeans. One day, after my college graduation, I hope to return to the family farm and be the 6th generation Kermes farmer. Without the generous support of scholarship sponsors like you, it would be very difficult to further my learning and attend the University of Minnesota."

—Levi Kermes, '21 B.S., agricultural and food business management


Picture of student, Emelia Melson"I grew up on a swine and row crop production farm in Southwest Minnesota, near the town of Trimont. In the future, I plan on working in the row crop industry; but no matter where I end up, I hope that I can use my education from the University of Minnesota to be an advocate for the agriculture industry as a whole. Thank you for your dedication to the future of students like me."

—Emelia Melson, '21 B.S., agricultural communication and marketing


Picture of student, Amelia Hayden"Growing up participating in FFA and 4-H helped me find a love for educating others about agriculture and working with youth. I'm so thankful for your support because I know it will give me the resources to become a more skilled teacher by the time I have my own classroom. You have not only helped me, but also my future students."

—Amelia Hayden, '22 B.S., agricultural education


Picture of student, Eva Doornink"The University of Minnesota has given me so many opportunities that I didn't know were possible. I'm thrilled to be chasing my dream profession and connecting with many people within the agriculture industry, and am truly honored to be a recipient of the Land O'Lakes Multifunctional Agricultural and Food Systems Scholarship."

—Eva Doornink, '21 B.S., agricultural communication and marketing


Picture of student, Nathan Goldade"With my two passions, agriculture and education, I want to teach youth about sustainable farming, the origins of food, and how they can participate in agriculture. This scholarship will help me achieve my dreams by supporting my college career. Thank you."

—Nathan Goldade, '21 B.S., agricultural education


Picture of student, Catherine Li"Here at the University of Minnesota, I have loved learning about sustainability, global food challenges, and so much more. By lightening my financial burden, you have helped me reduce stress and focus on my studies. Furthermore, as an international student, CFANS has become my second home; being acknowledged really helps me feel like I belong here. One day, I would love to help students in agriculture thrive just as you have helped me!"

—Catherine Li, '21 B.S., plant science