Wisconsin Sheep Breeders Cooperative Scholarships

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Wisconsin Sheep Breeders Co-op Names Scholarship Winners for 2017

Auretta Wittkopf – Pewaukee, WI

Auretta is the daughter of Jon and Wynn Wittkopf. She has been involved with sheep throughout her thirteen years of 4-H and currently maintains her flock of 25 Border Leicester ewes at the family farm in Pewaukee. Her sheep related activities and accomplishments include membership in the American Border Leicester Association, the Continental Dorset Club and the American Hampshire Association. Through her work in breed associations and other sheep events, and by creating and sewing wool clothing, she has been able to help educate others about sheep and the wool industry. She had the opportunity to model and promote wool clothing made in the USA at the American Sheep Industry Convention in San Antonio, Texas.

In addition to her sheep related activities, she is active in her church and school activities. Through her church she has been the adult caretaker for the nursery, she has taught kindergarten music, and has contributed her time for setup and cleanup of many events that are held. During her high school career she was a part of a club called PAWS, and was the captain of the varsity white girls lacrosse team. She was also apart of German club, and participated in a health practicum class that ultimately helped lead her to her choice of Iowa State University as her new home and school. At ISU she will major in Animal Science - Pre-veterinary Medicine. After she graduates with her bachelor’s degree she plans to pursue a career where she can work in a veterinary clinic, or go back to school for her doctorate degree in veterinary medicine. Although her career path is undecided, she is sure about working with and helping animals in the future.

Hannah Taylor – Arlington, WI

Hannah is the daughter of Todd and Lynnette Taylor and grew up helping her dad on the UW-Madison Arlington Sheep Research Farm. She started her own flock of Southdowns when she was in third grade and to increase the quality of her flock, she enrolled her flock in the National Sheep Improvement Program. She has been very involved in the Wisconsin Junior Southdown Association and was a founding member in 2008. She has served in several offices within the organization and is an American Southdown Ambassador. She has been very active in 4-H and FFA and served as a Wisconsin State FFA Officer, receiving the Wisconsin State FFA Degree and the American FFA Degree. She is attending Kansas State University and working toward a degree in Agricultural Communications and Journalism with a minor in Spanish. Her goals are to find a career in agricultural advocacy, helping teach the public about agriculture and building trust between producers and consumers.

Jillian Bingen – Allenton, WI

Jillian is the daughter of Stephen and Michelle Bingen. Her family has been a member of the Wisconsin Sheep Breeders Co-op for 41 years. She has helped with events at the Arlington Sheep Day and the Wisconsin Sheep & Wool Festival. She maintains a flock of Oxfords and a flock of Natural Coloreds and has served as a member of the American Junior Oxford Sheep Association Leadership Team for the past five years. In addition to her local county fair and the Wisconsin State Fair, she has shown annually at the All American Junior Sheep Show and the North American International Livestock Exposition. She has been an active member of 4-H and FFA and held many offices and received honors and awards for her work with livestock and in leadership. She served as Reporter and Vice President of the Slinger FFA and as Vice Chairman and Chairman of the Washington County Animal Science Association. She developed an interest in being a leader of younger children through her experiences in 4-H, and says that helping other people to succeed is a measure of her own success. She is attending UW-Washington County and pursuing a major in Early Childhood Education.

Mariah Richardson – Dousman, WI

Mariah is the daughter of Mike and Wanda Richardson. She has been very active and involved in the day to day work and showing of her flock at local, regional and national shows. She is an active member of the Suffolk Sheep Breeders Association and has participated in a promotional video of the Oxford Sheep Breed. Mariah traveled to San Antonio, Texas and modeled an American made wool outfit in the National Make It With Wool Competition, and was the 2014 and 2016 Make It With Wool Junior Wisconsin Representative. She is very active in her school, church, 4-H and community. Among her activities at school, she was the captain of the school dance team and won awards for her skill and leadership. She is attending the University of Valparaiso as a Science of Nursing major where she will also be part of the University Dance Team and dancing for home football and basketball games.


**Scholarships: Up to $4000.00 in scholarships will be awarded annually based on qualified applications submitted. Scholarships to be divided at the Scholarship Committee member’s discretion.


  • Parents or applicant must have been members of the Wisconsin Sheep Breeders Coop for a minimum of (2) years including the year of application.
  • Must be a high school senior graduating in 2018 or college student age 25 or younger.
  • Applicant must be enrolled in UW-Madison Agriculture Short Course, technical school, community college or an accredited 4-year college in the fall of 2018.
  • Previous WSBC scholarship winners are not eligible to re-apply.
  • Applicant must have carried sheep as a 4-H or FFA project for a minimum of 2 years.

DEADLINE: Postmarked by June 15, 2018.
Late applications will not be considered.

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Wisconsin Sheep Breeders Cooperative
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7811 Consolidated School Road
Edgerton, WI 53534

For questions, call Jill Alf – 608-868-2505



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