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Academic and Student Programs|College of Agriculture and Natural Resources

For Scholarship questions, please contact:

Kerry Casper
Scholarship Coordinator
Agriculture Academic & Student Programs
Department #3354
1000 E. University
Laramie, WY  82071
Phone: (307) 766-4135

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Agriculture Academic & Student Programs
University of Wyoming
Department #3354
1000 E. University Ave.
Laramie, WY 82071
Phone: (307) 766-4135

Scholarship Award Recipients by Year


College of Agriculture and Natural Resources Brand of Excellence Scholarships

All College of Agriculture and Natural Resources students are eligible to apply for our Brand of Excellence scholarships; this includes students majoring in the Agricultural Education and Bachelor of Applied Science degree programs.

Application and Selection Process - undergraduate students only

To be considered for a College of Agriculture and Natural Resources Brand of Excellence scholarship, current and incoming students are required to complete the online scholarship application through Academic Works.

To Apply:
  1. Visit to find the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources Brand of Excellence Scholarship opportunities.
  2. Deadline for submission is February 15, 2016

By completing a scholarship application, you will be considered for ALL Brand of Excellence Scholarships you are eligible to receive. You must have a declared major in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources to receive a Brand of Excellence Scholarship. Recipients are selected by the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources Scholarship Committee and department committees. Scholarship awards will be announced throughout the spring and summer.

Application and Selection Process - graduate students only

The scholarship application process for College of Agriculture and Natural Resources graduate students will not be an online application but will instead require applicants to submit several documents to the college’s scholarship coordinator early in the Spring 2016 semester.  Please check back to this webpage for updates regarding the process and deadlines. 

If you have questions or concerns, please contact Kerry Casper, the scholarship coordinator in the Office of Academic and Student Programs at 307-766-4135 or e-mail

Other Scholarships

We do not administer every scholarship offered at the University of Wyoming, so if you live in Wyoming please refer to the statewide scholarship book for other opportunities.  You can also check out the scholarship search options.  If you live outside of Wyoming, you can search our non-resident scholarship publication available online.  There is also a graduate scholarship publication available online.  Scholarship awards are announced throughout the spring and summer.

If you have questions or concerns, please contact Kerry Casper, the scholarship coordinator in the Office of Academic and Student Programs at 307-766-4135 or e-mail


Future Scholarships

New Scholarships

Gilda and Dennis Hagerty were very surprised when their son Kyle, a third generation Californi-an, selected the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources at the University of Wyoming. Gilda and Dennis Hagerty were so pleased with their son's experience that they established this scholarship. However, it is now Kyle Hagerty that keeps it going. Kyle is "rooted" in the west and is committed to assisting students here at the University of Wyoming College of Ag-riculture and Natural Resources. This scholarship is for a deserving student seeking a major in either Rangeland Ecology or Agroecology.
Richard (Dick) was reared on a ranch in Laramie County and graduated from Albin High School in 1958. Joyce lived in Rawlins and Cheyenne and graduated from Cheyenne Central in 1957. Both obtained undergraduate degrees from UW in 1962, she in Education and he in Agricultural Business. Dick finished an MS in Agricultural Economics in 1964 at UW and was a faculty member in the Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics at UW from 1965 until 1975. He obtained a PhD in Agricultural and Resource Economics from Oregon State University in 1985, when he was hired as an Agricultural Economist, at the University of Nebraska's (UNL) West Central Research and Extension Center in North Platte, NE. There he embarked on an interdisciplinary career of research and outreach education centered on crop irrigation and range beef cattle. They returned to Lincoln in 2003 when Dick became interim Department Head in Agricultural Economics at UNL. He retired in 2005 as Professor Emeritus of Agricul-tural Economics. They continue to reside in Lincoln.
Sam and Margaret Kelly were both born and raised in Wyoming. They both graduated from the University of Wyoming and resided in Rawlins for their entire married life. Sam, especially, has always had a soft spot for our beautiful country and the animals that inhabit it. He served for several years as a Commissioner on the Wyoming Game and Fish Commission, which was one of the highlights of his public service career. Margie was always very active on the statewide political landscape. They owned and operated a Texaco bulk distributorship in Rawlins along with several area service stations. They have always appreciated the tourism industry in Wyoming, and credit it and Interstate 80 with their business successes. This Scholarship was created in 2014 with the hope of advancing wildlife research and wildlife health within this Great State of Wyoming.

Brand of Excellence Scholarships

Brand of Excellence Scholarships



AG Day BBQThe UW College of Agriculture, in conjunction with the Cowboy Joe Club, hosts an Annual Ag Day BBQ to kick off the pre-game festivities during the football season. This event is staffed by UW College of Agriculture student clubs and organizations, and the scholarship will go to fund one of the student helpers. Special thanks to the following donors for their continued support of the Ag Day BBQ:

American National Bank, Bank of Commerce (Rawlins), The Brown & Gold Outlet, College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Tom & Ann Davidson, Richard and Dorothy Jean Davis, Davis Land and Livestock Co., Farm Credit Services of America, First Interstate Bank, First National Bank, Foursome, Inc., G & G Enterprises, Taylor & Beth Haynes, John Hines, Lerwick Farms, John & Norma Morris - Polo Ranch, National Bank of Pinedale, Northridge Discount Liquors, Rock Springs National Bank, Rocky Mountain Farmers Union, Sundance State Bank, Wells Fargo Bank, Winger's - An American Diner, Wyoming Livestock Roundup, and Wyoming Pork Producers.

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A New Jersey native, Alan "Doc" Beetle received a bachelor's degree from Dartmouth College, a master's degree from the University of Wyoming, and a doctorate from the University of California-Berkeley. Alan returned to the University of Wyoming in 1946 and over the next 32 years had many accomplishments. Among those, he was an organizer and charter member of the Society for Range Management and established the Wyoming association. He helped develop one of the country's best grass collections comprised of more than 10,000 specimens from around the world. In fact, the Beetle Herbarium houses a collection of grasses from Mexico that are second only to the Smithsonian's. In 1985, the Society for Range Management honored Alan with the Frederic G. Renner Award, their highest award.
Alvin Gale is a native of Cheyenne, Wyoming. After graduating from high school and completing his military service, he came to Laramie to begin an affiliation with the University of Wyoming that would last a lifetime. He received his bachelor's degree in general agriculture in 1957, earned his master's degree in agronomy a year later, and in 1972, obtained his doctorate, also in agronomy. In 1958, he served as superintendent of the Wyoming Agricultural Substation in Sheridan. He began his professional on-campus career at the University of Wyoming in 1965 as an extension pesticide specialist and professor of plant science. He later became extension agricultural program leader with the Cooperative Extension Service, assistant director and then associate director of the Agricultural Experiment Station, associate dean in 1990, and director of the Agricultural Experiment Station in 1993. Gale retired from the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources in January 1994.
After spending her early life in Yakima, Washington, Amanda Schmale moved to Wyoming where she met and wed Oscar Schmale in 1951.  Together with Oscar's brother Emil, they owned the Bow River Black Angus Ranch near Medicine Bow and the G Half Circle Ranch near Bosler, Wyoming.  Amanda created this scholarship in memory of her husband and to honor their lifelong involvement with agriculture.
Andy Vanvig served University of Wyoming students as head of the Department of Agricultural Economics for 25 years. During his tenure, he saw the number of students, the size of the faculty, and the scope of the department's work increase several-fold. Whether teaching his agricultural finance class, working with agricultural leaders, or helping a group of ranchers, Andy was a leader in Wyoming agriculture for the nearly 34 years he served as a UW faculty member. Andy is now retired from the university. He and his wife Connie live in Arizona during the winter but move to their farm in Beach, North Dakota, during the spring, summer, and fall. Andy and Connie have taken on second careers producing durum, lentils, peas, flax, and alfalfa under a no-till operation. The Vanvig Scholarships honor outstanding students and salute Andy and his achievements.
The American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers (ASFMRA) Agriculture Scholarship was established in 1988 and later placed in memory of Thomas M. Tisdale, a 1961 University of Wyoming graduate. The ASFMRA is a professional organization that provides management and consulting services pertaining to agriculture and rural assets. This organization was founded on January 14, 1929, and has since been providing professional services across the nation. This scholarship has been designated for junior and senior students in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources at the University of Wyoming. Recipients must be residents of the state of Wyoming. Thomas M. Tisdale was a longtime member of the Wyoming Chapter of the American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers.
Drs. Ty Battershell and Lauri Palmer, both graduates of the College of Agriculture, are pleased to help support current students. After receiving their undergraduate degrees in biochemistry and microbiology respectively, Drs. Battershell and Palmer attended the University of Utah School of Medicine. After completing their training, they returned to Wyoming where Dr. Battershell was an emergency medicine physician, and Dr. Palmer was a family practice physician.
C. O. Schoonover served as an extension animal scientist at the University of Wyoming from 1954 until he retired in 1980. His connection to both the university and the state was a long and distinguished one. Schoony was a native of Buffalo, Wyoming. He obtained his bachelor's, master's, and doctorate degrees from the University of Wyoming. Under his leadership, a beef cattle performance-testing program was developed that was acceptable to both commercial producers as well as registered purebred breeders. He was innovative, being one of the first researchers to use computers in the management of performance data. Schoony was a member of numerous technical advisory committees, and in 1983 the Beef Improvement Federation presented Schoony with its Pioneer Award. Schoonover's wife Mayme, appreciative friends, and the Department of Animal Science established this scholarship in his memory.
The CHS Foundation awards scholarships to students who have completed or are enrolled in cooperative principles course work. These scholarships are established at the land-grant universities in their 13-state trade area to promote cooperative education at the university level and to create awareness of career possibilities in cooperatives.
Daisy M. Walters, a South Dakota native, graduated from the University of South Dakota, and later taught home economics in high schools in South Dakota and Iowa. She and her husband George moved to Laramie in 1953 where they owned and operated the Walters Men's Clothing Store until 1967. Daisy served as organist for the First Methodist Church and was active in P.E.O., American Association of University Women, and Pi Beta Phi sorority. Upon her death in 1988, the Daisy M. Walters Scholarship was established as set forth in her will.
After graduating from the University of Wyoming in 1953, Mr. Eddington worked for Holly Sugar in California, Wyoming, and Colorado. While at Holly, Mr. Eddington remained interested in agricultural research and worked with the University of Wyoming animal science faculty on new markets for beet pulp including using beet pulp for feeding cattle. This scholarship was established by David Eddington in 1996 as a memorial to his wife Ruth.
This scholarship honors former veterinary pathologist, Dr. Rue Jensen. After serving at Colorado State University as a pathologist, dean of the college of veterinary medicine, vice-president of research, and director of the Agricultural Experiment Station, Rue came to Wyoming and served for many years as a veterinary pathologist at the Wyoming State Veterinary Laboratory. In a lifetime of dedicated service to the veterinary profession, Rue authored hundreds of research articles and first described many of the diseases faced in agriculture. Rue passed away November 28, 2001, at the age of 89.
A Wyoming native, Don Lobdell grew up in Casper and later attended the UW preparatory school in Laramie. June grew up in Midwest, Wyoming, and after graduating from Southwest Teachers College in Springfield, Missouri, she taught physical education at Natrona High School in Casper, Wyoming for several years. After a successful business career, Don and June returned to Sheridan, Wyoming. They started this scholarship to help deserving youth from agricultural backgrounds who otherwise might not be able to attend college.
Earl and Minnie Lynch homesteaded in Wyoming in 1936 on a ranch in Weston County 50 miles from Newcastle.  For over 50 years Earl was a National weather observer and received an award for his service. The Lynch’s were one of the last people to homestead in the state of Wyoming. The Lynch’s son-in-law and daughter Jim and Jill Anderson have established this scholarship to honor the Lynch’s life-long involvement in and commitment to the ranching business in Wyoming. Jill’s brother Patt Lynch and his son Troy Lynch and his wife Janeice and their sons Tyler and Travis continue on the ranch today where they raise black angus cattle.
When Josephine Keefe was a young girl in Minnesota, little did she know where her life would take her. In the late 1930s she came to visit family in Wyoming, where she met Eldon Johnston, a native Wyomingite. They were married in 1939 and shortly thereafter started a trucking company in Riverton that would become Johnston Fuel Liners, later headquartered in Newcastle.  Over the next fifty years, the Johnstons continued to expand their businesses and built ranches near Wheatland and in Arizona. While neither Josephine nor Eldon were able to attend college due to the depression, they felt strongly about the importance of education.  All four of their children, and many of their grandchildren, are UW graduates. To honor their joint commitment to education and Wyoming agriculture, Josephine created the Johnston Family Graduate Fellowship in memory of her husband, who died in 1997. Josephine passed away in December 2005.


The unique relationship between Dean John A. Hill and Fred Warren was an excellent example of university/industry cooperation. Hill, an expert in wool, worked with Fred Warren of Warren Livestock of Cheyenne to start a sheep selection program. The selection was based on density of fleece, and, as a result of many years of work, the "Warhill" breed of heavy-fleeced sheep was developed. In appreciation of this long and successful cooperative effort, Fred Warren endowed this scholarship.
Gary and Gloria Parker owned and operated Shamrock Angus Ranch north of Laramie, Wyoming for 12 years.  During this time they participated in the Wyoming Stock Growers Association, Albany County 4-H organization, Wyoming Angus Association, the Wyoming Beef Cattle Improvement Association, and invited University of Wyoming judging teams to their ranch to practice their judging skills.  This scholarship is established in memory of the late Gary E. Parker, for his commitment to agriculture and the future of youth in the ranching industry.  
Geneva Bird taught home economics at Laramie High School and worked with Verna Hitchcock to coordinate programs for high school home economics. She participated in numerous home economics activities at the University of Wyoming and throughout the state. Her hard work and contribution to the field of home economics and the University of Wyoming are greatly appreciated.
Glenn P. Roehrkasse started his career at the University of Wyoming in 1953 in the College of Agriculture and earned his Professorship in both Agricultural Economics and Statistics. He was responsible for setting up the Statistical Department with the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources under Dean Hilston. One of this graduate students called him a “perfectionist, a great scholar, and a role model for many students who were better because they had the opportunity to interact with Dr. Roehrkasse.” He retired from the University after 33 years of service in the Ag College. Glenn received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Agronomy in 1951 and his Master’s Degree in Agriculture Economics in 1953, both from the University of Wyoming. In 1962, he received his PhD in Production Economics from Iowa State University. He was proud of his profession and his family was proud of him. His family wishes to honor him with a scholarship to help graduate students in his field of expertise.
Gordon and Reta Mae Tate both attended the University of Wyoming. Gordon graduated cum laude in 1933 after majoring in agronomy and agricultural economics, with minors in ag husbandry, English, public speaking, debate and journalism. According to Gordon, his greatest accomplishment was getting his roommate (Cliff Hansen) to return to school. Reta Mae earned a normal diploma from the University of Wyoming in 1928. She taught school until 1932 when she returned to college, receiving a bachelor's degree in 1934. She retired after 28 years of teaching to spend more time with her hobbies and her volunteer work at the hospital, church, and Grange. Together, Gordon and Reta Mae raised four children who participated in various 4-H projects.
Harold P. Alley was a nationally recognized expert in the field of weed science. A Wyoming native, Harold received his bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Wyoming and his doctorate in botanical sciences from Colorado State University. Harold began working for the University of Wyoming as a student and eventually worked his way through the ranks to the title of professor of weed science and extension weed specialist. He was a member of distinguished organizations such as Alpha Zeta, Sigma Xi, American Science, Society of Agronomists, American Legion, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Upon his retirement in 1984, Harold received the designation of professor emeritus. Harold passed away in 1991.
Harry LaToush received his bachelor's degree in range management in 1961. After graduation, Mr. LaToush went on to obtain a master's degree and is currently the owner of Sunburst, Inc., a livestock feeding service and consulting company in Scott City, Kansas. While at UW, Mr. LaToush was a member of the rodeo club and still provides scholarship support for UW's rodeo club and also sponsors rodeo events in Kansas. He is pleased to sponsor College of Agriculture and Natural Resources students whose career goals focus on range management or ruminant nutrition.
The Laramie County Extension Homemakers established this scholarship in Helen Miller's honor when she retired in 1977, after 36 years with the University of Wyoming Cooperative Extension Service. She served 12 years as a home demonstration agent and 24 years as state home management specialist. The scholarship fund is comprised of contributions from extension club members, friends, and organizations throughout the state and was matched by Helen. She was noted for her outstanding leadership and creative programs in family economics, management, and consumer education for adults and 4-H members. Helen received a bachelor's degree in home economics from the University of Wyoming and a master's degree in economics and home management from Cornell University.
Henry Petz was born in Nebraska in 1876, the eldest child of German immigrants. When he was 10, his family moved to Wyoming where they homesteaded north of Lusk. During the famous Johnson County War, young Henry worked as a ranch hand for John B. Kendrick of Sheridan. His years with Kendrick were personally rewarding, but at the age of 21 Henry returned to Lusk to record his "H" brand and start his own herd of Herefords. He and his wife Edna had two daughters and ran the home ranch until his death in 1958. His daughter, Greta Alexander, gave this scholarship in his memory. 
Herb Fisser taught University of Wyoming students about the ecology of rangelands for more than 30 years. He shared information with his students about his travels abroad, including his global view about the response of shrubs to livestock and wildlife grazing. In particular, Herb realized that students needed to know plants and their ecological story to be successful land and water managers. To encourage them in this endeavor, he instituted and spent his career coaching the Rangeland Plant Judging Team. Dedicated to research and teaching, Herb also held a deep love for family values. For this reason, his wife and children join others who were touched by this outstanding scholar to support a scholarship for a member of the Rangeland Plant Judging Team.
The Hines family has operated and lived on the Hines family ranch in Campbell County since 1900. A Gillette, Wyoming native, John graduated from Campbell County High School and later attended the University of Wyoming College of Agriculture and Natural Resources. After his discharge from the army in 1960, John Hines returned to Wyoming and took over the operation of the family ranch. John has been, and continues to be, actively involved in Campbell County and Wyoming's agriculture industry. He is a past President of the Wyoming Wool Growers Association and has served as a member of the Wyoming State Legislature since 1984. A long-time supporter of education, the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, and the University of Wyoming, John has supported the Wheel of Brands scholarship program, helps sponsor the annual Ag Weekend BBQ, is an active member of the Cowboy Joe Club, and in 2005, established the Hines Family Scholarship to honor his family's long-standing involvement with agriculture.
This scholarship recognizes three generations of a pioneer family in southeastern Wyoming. W.A. (Will) Hovey, wife Ethel, and son Arthur proved up on a homestead in Goshen county in 1911. Arthur and his wife, Ruth, added their own holdings to the family operation. They raised Hereford cattle, were active in community affairs, and encouraged their children in 4-H, sports, and educational pursuits. Son Bill (W.W.), Ag '57, and his wife Bev (Dawson), College of Business Secretarial Science '54, lived in Cheyenne, where Bill devoted over 30 years to the Wyoming Department of Agriculture. Daughter Donna Beth, Home Economics '51, and her husband Howard Downer, Ag '50, spent their professional lives as professors and administrators in secondary and higher education.
This scholarship was established in memory of Howard I. Downer, who passed away in 1998. The scholarship was established by his wife Donna Beth Downer as a way of acknowledging Howard's contributions and accomplishments in the field of vocational agriculture, and to recognize the importance of Future Farmers of America.
Ira P. Trotter was a graduate of Cheyenne High School. He received further education at Blackstone Military Academy in Virginia, West Point Military Academy, Rice Institute in Houston, and the University of Colorado - Boulder. He received a law degree in 1926, but opted for a career as a Wyoming cattle rancher. He operated two ranches north of Cheyenne until his death in 1970.
Jim Davidson contributed 36 years of his life, experience, and expertise to the University of Wyoming. He provided hands-on training for the University of Wyoming's agricultural students, many of whom are still involved in the sheep industry. Jim began his career in 1922 as a shepherd in his native Canada. He began at the University of Wyoming in 1936 and was ranked as one of the top five shepherds in the United States during his time here. A career highlight came in 1948 when his Hampshire wether won the Grand Champion of Show at the International Livestock Show. Jim also served as a sheep judge in Chicago, Kansas City, Denver, and at many state fairs. He advised and helped Wyoming breeders improve and develop quality flocks throughout the state.
Jean Harris worked for the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources from 1974 until her retirement in 1989. She began at the University of Wyoming in the animal science department, and later became the administrative assistant to the associate dean of the Agricultural Experiment Station. She worked for the Union Pacific Railroad during World War II and met and married her husband, Wilbur A. Harris, in 1946. Jean was an avid fan of the University of Wyoming athletics and a strong supporter of the College of Agriculture and the university. Her family established this scholarship fund in her memory and her son Scott Harris continues this support.
Jerry Meyer and the Meyer family resided in Ranchester and Sheridan, Wyoming, for many years. Jerry's sister Cherrill Meyer Whitlow described him as "just a cowboy" who encouraged his daughter to attend the University of Wyoming. His daughter, Jonalee Meyer, graduated from the University of Wyoming in 1997 with a degree in agricultural education. Jerry has since passed away, but his sister, Cherrill, and mother, Wilma Meyer, established this scholarship in his memory.
The Berger family of Saratoga, Wyoming, has been active in Wyoming's agricultural industry for many years.  Jim and Marian Berger, together with their son Jack and his family, run the Berger Ranch in Carbon County.  This ranch has been in the Berger family almost continuously since 1909.  A past president of the Wyoming Stock Growers Association, Jim Berger is also active in the Wyoming Stock Growers Agricultural Land Trust and the Carbon County Land Trust.  In 2002, Jim and Marian created this scholarship to help students interested in pursuing an advanced degree in production agriculture as it relates to natural resource management, utilization of open spaces, and ranch habitat management.
Long-time UW supporters Joe and Arlene Watt established this scholarship for deserving College of Agriculture and Natural Resources students. Joe Watt and Arlene Bundy were both born to Wyoming homesteading families in the Moorcroft and Gillette areas. Following their marriage in 1928, they built the Triangle T Ranch into one of the most efficient cattle operations in the industry. They retired from ranching in 1984. Joe was a member of the University of Wyoming Trustees and a director emeritus of the UW Foundation Board of Directors. Arlene served as president of the Wyoming and the National Cowbelles, which honored her as a lifetime member in recognition of her contributions to the cattle industry. 
Initiated in 2004, the Joe and Kathy Gloyd Scholarship helps future veterinarians attain their undergraduate degree. Originally from Wyoming, Dr. Joe Gloyd served 10 years on the Wyoming Board of Veterinary Medicine and 21 years on staff with the American Veterinary Medical Association. Together with his wife Kathy, also a veterinarian, they own a veterinary medicine marketing and consulting company in Delaware.
John A. Hill served the University of Wyoming from 1907 until his death in 1951. He was dean of the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources and director of the Agricultural Experiment Station from 1923 to 1950. "During his years of service with the university, his profound learning, philosophical outlook, and extreme modesty found expression in his daily tasks and in his writing on the agriculture of the state and nation. His influence in his chosen field will continue as a living memorial to his sterling qualities of leadership." (Quote from the original trust agreement.)
John Clay was raised on a ranch in Albany County and attended the University of Wyoming both before and after World War II. A very active alum, he has served on numerous University of Wyoming boards and was instrumental in helping the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources raise funds for the Cliff and Martha Hansen Livestock Teaching Arena. Esther Clay, a noted artist, is equally active in the fine arts community in Cheyenne. In addition to their support of the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, John and Esther support other University of Wyoming programs including the honors program and the arts. Both John and Esther have made a lifetime practice of giving to the community and are pleased to help deserving students attain their degrees.
John was born on the family homestead in Colorado, where he attended grade school and high school. After attending the University of Colorado - Boulder, he entered the ranching profession in Wyoming. Beginning in 1932, the key to Simpson's operation was a keen interest in livestock grazing. This interest was duly noted when the Simpsons received the Grazing Management Award. John served on the boards of many organizations such as ASCD, SCS, and the Gillette Co-op. John and Hilda contributed greatly to the University of Wyoming as did their five children, all of whom attended the University of Wyoming.


The family of Kaz and Toshie Uriu, long-time agricultural producers and leaders from Washakie County, established this scholarship in their honor. It is presented to a sophomore, junior, or senior in Family and Consumer Sciences.
Remembering the struggle to complete their education, the Kercher family is pleased to support an international graduate student. Lydia and Connie were raised in Montana near Bridger. Connie received his bachelor's degree from Montana State University. After receiving his master's and doctorate from Cornell University, Connie joined the faculty in Animal Production in 1954, and retired 42 years later. Lydia received her bachelor's, master's, and doctorate from the University of Wyoming. From 1972 until 1994, Lydia Kercher also served the University of Wyoming as a faculty member in the College of Education. Connie and Lydia, together with their daughters Kathryn, Nina, Jane, and Kise, and their families, were honored as the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources's 2004 Outstanding Donors for their support of the Wheel of Brands scholarship program, the Cliff and Martha Hansen Livestock Teaching Arena, and the International Graduate Student Scholarship. The family is pleased to support the university that has provided them a happy and comfortable life.
Lee Painter, a Colorado native, earned his bachelor's degree in soil science at Colorado State University. After graduation, he and his wife Betty moved to New Brunswick, New Jersey, where he earned his doctorate. Lee joined the University of Wyoming in 1955 to teach and conduct research in the area of soil science. Over the next 34 years, he was promoted to head of the plant sciences department and helped establish the range management department when it separated from the plant sciences department. Lee retired from the University of Wyoming in 1989, and he and Betty moved to Fort Collins, Colorado, where he passed away later that year.
A Saratoga, Wyoming native, Lee Wiegand remembers how difficult it was for him to attend UW. "I didn't have any help; I had to work my way through college.  Jobs were scarce in those days. I remember when I wouldn't have a nickel for a Coke."  While a student at UW, Mr. Wiegand was a member of two livestock judging teams, and played varsity basketball for the Cowboys. Upon graduating from the College of Agriculture in 1938, he became the extension agent in Converse County.  After spending time in the military, Mr. Wiegand joined Western Life Insurance Company of Helena, Montana as a farm and ranch insurance appraiser and retired in 1979 as Vice-Chairman of the company. Lee established this fund to help worthy students succeed in their careers and support UW's livestock judging teams.
Leroy Maki and his wife Martha moved to Laramie in 1955 when he joined the University of Wyoming faculty as an assistant professor of microbiology. During his tenure at the university, Leroy was honored with numerous awards, including the Ellbogen Meritorious Teaching Award, the Amoco Foundation Teaching Award, and the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources's Outstanding Teacher Award. An active member of the Methodist Church, Martha cataloged and organized more than 5,000 volumes in the church library. The church honored her efforts by naming the library the Martha Maki Memorial Library. Her death saddened all who knew her. This scholarship was established in 1991 upon Dr. Maki's retirement. He remains in Laramie, spending time with his children and grandchildren. Dr. Maki was named the 2009 College of Agriculture Legacy Award recipient for his many contributions to the college.
Margaret S. Boyd, a native of Colorado, came to neighboring "enemy" territory in 1956. She was not concerned about this move, but her relatives and acquaintances were. For her, it turned out to be the right move. She joined Verna J. Hitchcock's team in the Home Economics Department and married geology faculty member Don Boyd. During the next 39 years, Margaret taught courses in food and nutrition and served as coordinator of the Dietetics Program. Ten of those years were spent as department head. During this time, she observed the significance of scholarship aid in enabling many worthy students to achieve their career goals. Margaret and Don continue to support the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences, the College of Agriculture, and the University of Wyoming.
In 1997, the Mark Carson Family Trust established two permanent scholarships - one for students studying agriculture and the second for students in the College of Education. This scholarship helps students from Wyoming and Nebraska attending the University of Wyoming.
Established by her children, Matt, Brad, and Muffy, this scholarship honors Mary Mead's life-long involvement with the Wyoming livestock industry. The scholarship benefits women undergraduate and graduate students within the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources. 
After emigrating from Germany in 1873, Jake Mill made his way west and in 1891 founded the Mill Ranch near Lusk, Wyoming. Jake and his wife Philaphena continued to develop their ranch until it became one of the largest ranches in the area. Later they added the U-L Ranch, which was homesteaded by Philaphena's father, and the Taylorville Ranch. In the early 1930s Jake passed the ranch to his youngest son George. During their tenure George and his wife Inice worked hard to maintain the Mill Ranch and its reputation for quality livestock. It was the fondest dream of George and Inice that their family continue to raise quality livestock on the family ranch. Their dreams have been realized. Today, Jake Reed, grandson of George and Inice Mill, manages the Mill Ranch on Hat Creek. His mother Carla Mill Reed established the Mill Family Scholarship as a tribute to the two pioneers who founded the ranch and to her parents who helped make it prosper.
After graduating from Princeton University in 1924, Courtenay C. Davis continued his education by receiving his law degree from Northwestern Law School. He then went on to practice law in Chicago and purchased the Y Cross Ranch in Horse Creek, Wyoming, in 1941. After a few more years of working in Chicago, Courtenay moved to the ranch, where he actively ranched and lived the rest of his life. The Davis family donated the ranch to the University of Wyoming and Colorado State University in 1998. Clifford P. Hansen, former Wyoming governor and U.S. senator, and Courtenay became close friends and worked together in the Wyoming Stock Growers Association. They were able to maintain this friendship based on mutual respect for many years.
This scholarship is designed to encourage young men and women with an interest in the field of agricultural sciences to pursue and complete their education at the university level. Proceeds from the National Western Stock Show junior livestock sale, the Citizen of the West Banquet, and the Coors Western Art Exhibit and Sale help fund both undergraduate and graduate scholarships at the University of Wyoming.
Each year one student, whose career goal is to work in the livestock industry, is awarded the NWSS Livestock Leadership Internship. In addition to scholarship assistance, the recipient spends two weeks in Denver helping with the stock show management and participates in regional and national livestock industry meetings. The internship provides these students with valuable leadership experience and industry contacts which National Western hopes will help them in their chosen field.
Neil’s service as the farm manager of the Laramie Research and Extension Center livestock farm was truly exemplary. He touched many faculty and student’s lives. This scholarship preference shall be given to undergraduate students who travel to professional conferences and meetings, or other educational travel and networking opportunities with professionals in the animal science industry .This scholarship will continue to benefit those students in the Department of Animal Science.
This scholarship was established in memory of Noreen Ring, an Irish nurse who had a deep affection for open spaces and animals of all kinds, particularly wildlife. Both of her children work in North America, one of them in Wyoming. The intention of this scholarship is to commemorate her by making it available to undergraduates and graduate students who may share those values.
Neil DeLapp, a Wyoming native, graduated from the University of Wyoming with a degree in range management. Norma, also a Wyoming native, earned her degree at Carroll College in Montana and she is a registered nurse. Norma and Neil run the Hat Ranch northwest of Kaycee, Wyoming.
Born in Warren, Ohio, "Dutch" Hilston received a bachelor's degree from West Virginia University and master's and doctoral degrees from Pennsylvania State University. He joined the University of Wyoming faculty as an associate professor of animal production in 1945. Dutch became head of the Animal Science Department in 1949 and served in that capacity until appointed dean of the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources and director of the Agricultural Experiment Station in 1958. During his 20-year tenure as dean and director, he guided many young people who subsequently went on to become leaders in agriculture.

Professor Emeritus O.A. Beath was a member of the College of Agriculture Experiment Station Faculty from 1914 until his retirement in 1955. Nearly 50 years of his life were involved in selenium research and its effects on soils, plants and livestock. At the time of his death in 1965, Professor Beath authored or coauthored over 30 publications on selenium. His interest and dedication to agricultural research are echoed in his words, inscribed at the main entrance to the College of Agriculture...."The foundation of agriculture is not rooted in the soil but rather in the vision and attainment of men." His daughter, Mary E. Beath established this scholarship in his memory.

A native of Missouri, Loren Likins and his brother homesteaded in Goshen Hole, Wyoming, in 1917. In 1936, Loren married Oletha Coombs, a second grade teacher in Hawk Springs. For more than 50 years they managed their successful wheat farm near Torrington while still finding the time to travel the world. Their commitment to the future of Wyoming's youth is evidenced by the Likins' generous contributions to this scholarship.


Paul Stratton was born and raised on a sheep ranch near Rawlins. After receiving his bachelor's degree in animal science from the University of Wyoming, Paul managed the ranch (Divide Sheep Company) from 1947 to 1949. After the great blizzard of 1949, Paul decided his future lay in academics. A master's degree from the University of Wyoming and a doctorate from Minnesota prepared him to serve as a University of Wyoming animal science faculty member from 1952 until 1958, after which he was promoted to department head. He faithfully led the department for 20 years and was named assistant director of programs for the Cooperative Extension Service in 1978. His June 1983 retirement ended 30 years of outstanding service to the university and state. Paul resided in Laramie until his death in 1986.
One of the truly great foundations in Wyoming, the Paul Stock Foundation is an avid supporter of higher education at the University of Wyoming. Organized by Cody resident Paul Stock, the foundation supports scholarships in addition to special work-study research projects for outstanding students. In 1992 the Paul Stock Foundation was recognized as an Outstanding Donor to the University of Wyoming College of Agriculture.
In memory of their son, G .W. and Lillie Goodrich provided the Philo Ayers Goodrich Memorial Scholarship and made it available to the College of Agriculture in 1968. This scholarship is furnished for students in an agricultural field and is funded by income from the trust fund.
R.J. and Alice McColloch came to the University of Wyoming in 1956, and this marked the beginning of their many contributions to the campus and Laramie community. R.J. served as head of the biochemistry department and with Glenn Miller, a food scientist, helped to transform it from a research unit into a teaching and research department. He went on to become the dean of the graduate school before retiring as professor emeritus in 1982. His beloved wife Alice was known for her hard work and contributions to the University of Wyoming and the city of Laramie. She volunteered with the Gem City Players, KUWR Public Radio, Albany County Library, and taught English as a Second Language. Her tragic death several years ago was felt by all who knew her. This scholarship is established in memory of Alice.
Originally from Wheatland, Wyoming, Bob Swan received his bachelor's degree in agricultural mechanics in 1961, and in 1968 received a master's degree in animal husbandry. In 1958 he married Pat Dunn. Bob and Pat's children, Wayne, Dan, Ann, Nat, Laura, and Jason, are all UW supporters. This scholarship, established by his family in 2000, honors his drive to attain higher education and lifelong involvement with agriculture and the meat and food science industry. 
The Robert Taylor Memorial Scholarship provides aid for students enrolled in a course of study that will result in a positive contribution to the continuing development and understanding of the sheep industry.
Ron Delaney's long association with agriculture began on the family farm in St. Ignatius, Montana. He received his undergraduate and master's degrees at Montana State University. Upon completion of a doctorate in agronomy at the University of Arizona in 1972, Ron came to the University of Wyoming. He worked as a professor in Plant Sciences for 33 years and served as department head for seven years. He has been honored as a fellow by the American Society of Agronomy. Ron's greatest satisfaction came from working with students and agricultural producers in the state, and time spent with students was a source of joy for both Brenda and Ron.
Ross Richardson, a Wyoming-native born in Sheridan, was dedicated to the state's agriculture. He obtained a bachelor's degree in crop science in 1961 and a master's degree in agronomy in 1965 from the University of Wyoming. He served Wyoming agriculture as a crop science instructor, superintendent of the Sheridan Research and Extension Center, UW research scientist, and Wyoming Seed Certification Center director. Through 4-H and FFA activities, Ross guided many Wyoming youth to successful careers in agriculture. The scholarship was endowed by contributions from Ross's family and friends and the Wyoming Certified Seed Growers.
Sam and Margaret Kelly were both born and raised in Wyoming.  They both graduated from the University of Wyoming and resided in Rawlins for their entire married life.  Sam, especially, has always had a soft spot for our beautiful country and the animals that inhabit it.  He served for several years as a Commissioner on the Wyoming Game and Fish Commission, which was one of the highlights of his public service career.  Margie was always very active on the statewide political landscape.  They owned and operated a Texaco bulk distributorship in Rawlins along with several area service stations.  They have always appreciated the tourism industry in Wyoming, and credit it and Interstate 80 with their business successes.  This Scholarship was created in 2014 with the hope of advancing wildlife research and wildlife health within this Great State of Wyoming.
Brothers Emil C. and Oscar W. Schmale migrated to Medicine Bow, Wyoming, in the 1920s where they worked on the Ellis Ranch before filing on homesteads in the Shirley Basin. It was on Emil's homestead on Difficulty Creek that ranch headquarters were established in 1924. The Schmale brothers expanded their cattle operations during the 1940s by purchasing the Bow River Ranch near Medicine Bow and the G Half Circle Ranch on the Big Laramie River. Oscar began breeding Black Angus cattle, and the Medicine Bow ranches were soon combined into the Bow River Black Angus Ranch. Emil H. Schmale, their nephew, managed the G Half Circle Ranch, which concentrated on crossbreeding Herefords with Black Angus to produce "White Face Blacks." Emil's wife Amanda Schmale established this scholarship in memory of Oscar and Emil Schmale and in honor of her nephew Emil to recognize their lifelong dedication to Wyoming's cattle industry.
T.J. Dunnewald was a soil scientist with the University of Wyoming from 1925 to 1951. During this period he conducted soil survey investigations throughout the state, delineating problem areas for irrigation, reclamation, and soil improvement. T.J. Dunnewald retired to limited service in 1951, but he continued his interest in soil survey by maintaining office hours at the university until his death in 1974. In 1981, his wife, Helen Bishop Dunnewald, established this scholarship in his memory.
Although a resident of Texas, Todd Eustace had a great love for Wyoming. He earned both his bachelor's and master's degrees in animal science at the University of Wyoming. As a student, he was an active member of the UW Livestock Judging Team and the Wool Judging Team.  After his death in 1987, friends and family gave this scholarship in his memory. 
Tom Whitson spent 22 years in Cooperative Extension Service work with the University of Wyoming. As a weed specialist, Tom's research focused on controlling noxious weeds such as Russian knapweed, leafy spurge, and musk thistle. He also serves as editor of Weeds of the West. Profits from Weeds of the West, an immensely successful publication serving a wide audience in agriculture and elsewhere, were used to fund this scholarship. The Whitson Undergraduate Scholarship was established in 2001 to help young people achieve their educational goals. "Other people helped me when I was going to school and I wanted to give something back," says Tom.           


In 2003, the college received a bequest from Mrs. Ardis Radichal to establish the UW "Jack" Radichal scholarship fund. Mr. and Mrs. Radichal ranched for many years in the Wheatland canyon and were well known in both Albany and Platte counties. Jack Radichal graduated from the University of Wyoming College of Agriculture and Natural Resources in 1943. His scholarships will help Wyoming high school graduates who wish to attend the College of Agriculture. Mrs. Radichal said it was her desire to "help a person attend college who might otherwise be financially unable to do so."
A.F. Vass was a member of the UW agriculture faculty from 1917 until his retirement in 1957. He served as head of the Department of Agricultural Economics for nearly 40 years. His contributions to Wyoming agriculture are numerous and include research, teaching, and extension. The Wyoming Stock Growers Association awarded him an honorary life membership. This scholarship evolves from a trust set up by Vass's colleagues upon his death in 1960.
Raised in Idaho, Verna J. Hitchcock received a bachelor's degree from the University of Idaho and a master's degree from the University of Wyoming. She is well known by several generations of Wyoming families for her home economics extension work. Verna served as state leader, professor, and head of the University of Wyoming Department of Home Economics. She was named professor emeritus upon her retirement, and continued her involvement with home economics in Laramie and at the national level through the American Home Economics Association and Phi Upsilon Omicron honor society. Funds for this scholarship are made available through donations from the University of Wyoming alumni, student organizations, and Verna's friends.
William "Bill" Riedl was one of Wyoming's leading agronomists for many years. He specialized in alfalfa and potatoes and developed several varieties of each. Bill received his bachelor's degree in 1929 and his master's degree in 1936, both from the University of Wyoming. In 1948 he completed his doctorate from the University of Minnesota in plant breeding. Bill returned to Wyoming and managed the seed certification program. He also taught courses in statistics, plant breeding, and genetics until his retirement in 1968. In honor of his outstanding service to agriculture, the Wyoming Crop Improvement Association and Bill's friends throughout the state established this scholarship. Dr. Riedl resided in Laramie until his death in 1989.
The Watt Brothers Scholarship was established in 1962 with one of the most unusual gifts ever presented to the university: 238 head of yearling Hereford cattle given by Joe and Robert Watt. The resulting profit from the sale of these cattle established this scholarship. Contributions over the years have continued to enhance the endowment, providing assistance for College of Agriculture and Natural Resources students.
The Western Ag Credit Scholarship is awarded to students focusing on Production Agriculture or Agricultural Business. Western AgCredit is part of the nationwide Farm Credit System and is the leader within the agricultural finance industry throughout the entire state of Utah and in parts of Wyoming, Nevada and Arizona. The Wyoming branch is located in Evanston.
W. Gordon Kearl retired with the title of professor emeritus in 1990, after serving the University of Wyoming for 30 years. As a professor of agricultural economics, Kearl specialized in the areas of range economics and ranch management. His studies of range livestock systems and the economics of range improvement practices are widely used. Gordon earned his bachelor's and master's degrees from Utah State University and his doctorate from the University of California-Berkeley. Gordon established this scholarship for students majoring in agricultural economics. Dr. Kearl passed away in 2007.
The Wheel of Brands Scholarship Fund was established to provide undergraduate scholarships for the University of Wyoming animal science students. Contributors to the fund have been recognized by having their brands placed on leather hides between the spokes of a wagon wheel that adorns the foyer of the Animal Science/Molecular Biology Building.  Generous donors include Orville and Edna Myers Duncan, Kim and Laural Krueger, friends, family, and colleagues of Dr. William Russell, LeRoy and Inez Johnson, and Mel and Isa Riley.
Both Bill and Charlotte Laycock are descendents of early homesteaders and pioneers in Wyoming. Bill spent his childhood on ranches near Cheyenne and in the Sybille area. Charlotte's family ranched east of Laramie until moving to Ft. Collins, Colorado, in the 1940's. After graduating from the University of Wyoming in 1952 with his bachelor's and master's degrees in Range Management, Bill joined the army. While home on leave he met Charlotte, an elementary school teacher, while she was attending UW summer school. Upon receiving his doctorate from Rutgers University, the Laycock's returned to the west where Bill conducted range management research for the USDA before returning to Laramie to become Head of the Department of Range Management. He retired in 1996. Dr. Alan Beetle, Bill's former academic advisor, started the William and Charlotte Laycock scholarship in their honor.
Longtime Cooperative Extension Service agent William "Bill" Duncan worked his way through college and graduated with a degree in animal husbandry in 1930. While at the University of Wyoming, Bill took part in the livestock judging team and after graduation served as the county extension agent for 33 years in Sweetwater and Fremont Counties. Upon establishing this scholarship, his wife, Mrs. Theresa Duncan, said "UW, agriculture, and education were always important to Bill."
Woodrow and Glyda May were married in 1942 and started a farming operation by feeding sheep. From this nucleus, started the expansion and integration of the May ranch, farm, and feedlot. They also raised corn for silage, alfalfa and native ha. In addition they helped develop a Marble Quarry west of Wheatland. Woodrow was a member of the Wyoming Stock Growers, Wyoming Farm Bureau, Wheatland Co-op, director of the Beet Growers Association, member of the Advisory Board State Experimental Farm, a member of the Wyoming Agriculture Board, a director of the First National Bank of Wheatland. Glyda was on the Wyoming Community Foundation Board, Plate Co. Museum Board and a charter member of the Platte Co. Cattlewomen. Woody’s premature passing in 1976 was the end of the Quarter Circle Ranch, but Glyda continued to be involved in community and state organizations. Their initiative to breed and raise a better beef product and involvement in organizations to create a better community and state are the legacy the leave the next generations.
Established by a gift from the Wyoming Pork Producers, this scholarship supports students who have a background in the pork production or the pork industry or those with career goals involving the pork industry.
The 50,000 acre Y Cross Ranch is located in Horse Creek, Wyoming. This working ranch was donated in 1997 to the University of Wyoming and Colorado State University by the Courtenay C. Davis Foundation. It was the foundation's wish that the ranch gift be dedicated to helping address problems and questions inherent to western cattle-ranching operations and, in doing so, help sustain family ranching in the West, and to act as a working laboratory for faculty and students at both universities. Two scholarships are given, one to a student at the University of Wyoming and one to a student enrolled at Colorado State University.

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Plant geneticists Ken Bohnenblust and Bernie Kolp have a combined 48 years of service as faculty members in the Department of Plant Sciences. They value the importance of student's receiving applied research experience to support Wyoming agriculture. For this reason they established an endowed fund to provide applied research experiences in crop science, horticulture, plant pathology, and weed science.
As a plant pathologist in the Department of Plant Sciences, Professor Bridgmon devoted his professional career to the improvement of plant health through the study of plant disease. To provide continued support to this area of science, an endowed fund was established to reward outstanding graduate and undergraduate students conducting applied research in plant pathology.
Farm Credit Services of America is headquartered in Omaha, Nebraska. It serves the financial needs of agricultural producers in Iowa, Nebraska, South Dakota and Wyoming. There are 42 offices in the four states, including one in Casper, Wyoming.
The Harold F. Eppson Memorial Scholarship is to provide financial assistance to a student of the University of Wyoming with junior or senior standing enrolled in a program leading to a degree in Molecular Biology.
Theodor Hanekamp, a native of Germany, came to the University of Wyoming in 1988, where he received a master's degree in Molecular Biology. Laramie became his hometown, where he married and had two children. Theo obtained a doctorate in Molecular Biology, followed by postdoctoral work in the same department. In the 1990's, the new exciting area of bioinformatics emerged. Realizing the unprecedented potential of this discipline, Theo pursued an advanced degree in Computer Science, did postdoctoral research at Stanford University, and soon joined the Molecular Biology department as an Assistant Professor of Bioinformatics. His tenure ended abruptly with his untimely death at a young age. The Theodor Hanekamp Memorial Scholarship was established by the Molecular Biology department to honor Theo's contributions to the department, his devotion to science, his encouragement of students, and friendship with colleagues. This scholarship honors outstanding students who pursue the difficult, but exciting, path at the intersection of Molecular and Computational Biology.
Karyl Kohrs Rickard and her husband Eugene established the Ben and Allene Kohrs Memorial Dietetics Scholarship in 1995 for Department of Family and Consumer Sciences nutrition and dietetics students. Rickard, the daughter of Campbell County agent Ben C. Kohrs and home economics teacher Allene Loomis Kohrs (B.S. 1933, UW), grew up on a ranch near Douglas, Wyoming. Her parents instilled in her a deep interest in food and nutrition. By the time she arrived at the University of Wyoming, she knew she wanted to be a dietitian. After graduating with a bachelor's degree in dietetics in 1966, Rickard went on to receive her master's degree in nutritional sciences from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and her doctorate in food and nutrition from Purdue. Currently she is a professor of nutrition and dietetics at Indiana University School of Allied Health and Medicine. She has been involved in pediatric nutrition research for more than 25 years at James Whitcomb Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis.

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