Download 2020 Scholarship Application Form
**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) consecutive years including the year of application.
  • Must be a high school senior graduating in 2020 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 2020.
  • 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, 2020.

Late applications will not be considered.

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Wisconsin Sheep Breeders Cooperative
5621 Cty Road F
Janesville, WI 53545


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Wisconsin Sheep Breeders Cooperative
5621 Cty Road F
Janesville, WI 53545
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Wisconsin Sheep Breeders Co-op 
Names Scholarship Winners for 2019

Nathan Thompson

Nathan Thompson is the son of Scott and Kirstin Thompson of Woodville, WI. The Thompson family is entering the fifth year of raising sheep. They began with three wethers purchased as projects for the county fair and since that time the sheep operation has blossomed to include well over a hundred sheep, including four registered breeds.
Nathan’s daily obligations include feeding and watering the 120+ sheep in the flock. He helps determine rations for each sheep and deworms, gives vaccinations, processes lambs, deals with prolapses of all kinds, keeps detailed records, fills out registration papers, uses CIDR devices for out of season breeding, trims feet, shears fleece, and many other skills needed on the flock throughout the year.

Nathan exhibits sheep at the Wisconsin Sheep and Wool Festival and participates in its many activities, like the poster contest, photo contest, lead line, and the skillathon,
He has won many plaques and ribbons with his sheep, but the greatest personal reward has been seeing the continued improvement in the animals. Raising sheep has taught Nathan compassion, a strong work ethic, time management skills, and a positive outlook for the future.
One of the highlights of the year for his family is attending the Wisconsin Sheep and Wool
Festival in Jefferson. He has enjoyed participating in the photo contest, the poster contest, showmanship, the judging contest, and the skillathon each year.
The family are members of the Minnesota Hampshire Breeders Association, American Shropshire Registry Association, the American Border Leicester Association, the American Southdown Breeders’ Association, and the American Hampshire Sheep Association.

Nathan has had a busy and successful high school career and highlights include:
Class of 2019 Salutatorian of Baldwin-Woodville High School, 
Forensics, Choir, School Musical cast member, National Honor Society,
Baldwin-Woodville High School Student Council,Baldwin-Woodville FFA, Science Olympiad
and Spanish Club member

In addition to school and sheep activities, Nathan is a member of the Wisconsin Junior Poultry Association and has served as Historian and President.  He is active in his church and has been a Sunday School Teacher, Christmas Program volunteer, service reader, and acolyte,  He volunteers within his community on service learning projects and is a summer drama volunteer

Nathan is enrolled at the University of Wisconsin-Stout and his intentions at this point are to graduate with an Applied Science/Agricultural Engineering degree.
My hope for the future is to earn a degree in math, science, or engineering, specifically agricultural engineering. By using my academic talents to obtain a good job, I’ll be able to afford to continue breeding and showing sheep for decades and pass on my enthusiasm to the next generation

Kevin Kitchen
Kevin is the son of Keith & Debbie Kitchen and is from Augusta, WI.
Kevin’s family has raised sheep for over 30 years. Kevin and his parents took over his grandpa's flock. When he was eight-years-old, he bought his first crossbred ewe. The following year, he purchased two registered Suffolk ewes from Marlin Subra. Marlin encouraged him to go to Central Wisconsin State Fair in Marshfield that year. This started his love of showing sheep. When he was showing at the Marshfield Fair, he purchased a registered Border Leicester sheep ewe lamb and started raising Registered Border Leicester sheep. His flock consists of 7 Border Leicester ewes, 2 Hampshire ewes, 4 crossbred ewes, and 2 Border Leicester Rams.Kevin cleans barns, shears his sheep and does the record keeping. He record births, logs shots, when tails are banded and when the lambs are castrated. In April, he shears the Border Leicester lambs as well as any ewes that will be shown.Summer months are busy with fitting and training for shows.
Kevin also operates the Wooly Rose Mentoring Program where 4-H and FFA students sign-up for a mentoring program. These are kids who might not otherwise have the opportunity to learn about animals. They also show their animals at the county fair.
Kevin shows his flock at local and national shows.

Kevin has shown at the Wisconsin Sheep and Wool Festival for the past six years and is looking forward to this year's show. He enjoys participating the different events offered during the Festival, such as Skill-a-thon, Lead Line, Judging Contest, and all of the demonstrations.

Kevin received the Wisconsin FFA State Farmer Degree and received a gold medal in the Sheep Proficiency Award, placing 10th. He was a finalist for the Wisconsin Star Farmer and placed fourth in the state.  He has held many offices and taken part in trips and activities.

He has participated in sports and music at Augusta High School

His 4-H career has been busy. He’s held offices in his club and attended the 4-H National Conference Delegate 4-H National Congress, 4-H Citizen Washington Focus Trip Delegate and the 4-H Interstate Exchange Trip Delegate to Yuba County, California 

Kevin’s future plans are to obtain a degree in Agricultural Business at the University of Wisconsin - River Falls. He enjoys working with youth, and is excited to be able to give back. He looks forward to grow and learn in the agriculture industry for many years to come. 
Nicole Dittbrenner

Nicole Dittbrenner is the daughter of Ed and Pam Dittbrenner as in from Cumberland, WI. She was born and raised on the family's 500 acre dairy, sheep and beef farm. Nicole was involved in a skid steer accident several years ago. She sustained injuries to her head, neck, shoulder, and back. She also suffered a severe concussion, which had lasting effects. Her counselor suggested she get involved with animal therapy and music therapy. She’s had a successful experience working in these programs. Nicole has learned how to cope and manage her time to milk 80 cows twice a day, care for her sheep, school and activities. 

Nicole’s Southdown and Suffolk sheep have influenced her life since the day she was born.She has 130 adult Suffolk and Southdown ewes and rams combined.  She keeps detailed records on her flock including 60 and 120 day weight and scan data (LEA & BF) and is enrolling in NSIP. She supports and advocates for the sheep industry through shows, sales, and organizations across the nation. She strives to give back to others what she has learned in the projects by teaching youth to care for live animals while learning about animal health, nutrition, breeding, selection and marketing.. 

She has assisted with the Interstate Livestock Show, worked at Wisconsin State Fair for the Junior Sheep Show, involved with UWRF Block and Bridle Club, and helped with community activities

Nicole is a member of the Wisconsin Sheep Breeders Cooperative, United Junior Suffolk Sheep Association United Suffolk Sheep Association, Wisconsin Southdown Sheep Association, American Southdown Association, and  Indianhead Sheep and Goat Breeder Association. 

Nicole has been busy with FFA Activities and Leadership Experiences: 
Chapter President, Historian, Reporter and Treasurer, FFA Quiz Bowl and Ag on the Lawn.  She received The Star Greenhand Award, Chapter Degree, Sheep Proficiency Award, Star Farmer Placement top 10.  Her 4-H activities center around sheep, and judging teams.
Nicole will be a Senior at UWRF this fall, majoring in Animal Science.  Her career goals include working with youth and educating the next generation of shepherds.  Her motto is “Pay it Forward” and she hopes to share her experiences, knowledge and talents to help others find success.

Blake Johnson

Blake Johnson is the son of Craig and Jill Johnson and is from Blair, WI Blake Johnson has been involved in the state’s sheep industry for 17 years.  The Johnson flock consists of 15 Cormo and Bluefaced Leicester ewes and 15 Wether type ewes. The flock of Cormo sheep that the family runs has been prominent for years as one of the top fiber producing flocks in the midwest with fleeces produced having won shows in multiple states at some of the largest fiber festivals in the region including the Wisconsin Sheep and Wool Festival. Blake is heavily involved in all areas of the care and management of the flock.

Blake has been attending the Wisconsin Sheep and Wool Festival since he was a young child. He has been involved in all aspects of the festival as he assists in operation of his family’s Riverwinds Farm booth where they market raw and processed wool from the Cormo flock as well as fiber art created by his mother. In addition, he has shown in the Junior and Open sheep shows exhibiting both Bluefaced Leicesters and Wether Type sheep, as well as in the Skillathon and the judging and poster and photo contests.

Aside from the WSBC, he is involved in the Indianhead Sheep and Goat Breeders Association.

Blake has been active in 4-H and FFA and has held numerous leadership positions and offices.

A few of Blake’s 4-H and FFA awards and honors received include: State champion team and national qualifying team in livestock quizbowl and skillathon contests, 2nd place communications contest individual at WI state fair, state qualifying team in livestock judging contest, 8th place individual at state in livestock judging, top reasons individual at area animal science day livestock judging contest for two years in a row, top overall individual at area animal science day contest, Prepared speaking district contest winner, State CDE contest 12th place individual in livestock judging, Platteville CDE contest 3rd place individual in livestock judging, Creed speaking contest state finalist (3rd place), Creed speaking sectional winner, Creed speaking district winner, and Star Greenhand winner

School and community leadership roles and honors earned: Varsity cross country letter winner (4 years), State cross country meet qualifier, Varsity track letter winner (4 years), State track meet qualifier, Academic letter winner, National Honor Society inductee, Forensics state qualifier in prepared speaking, YSY (teaching assistant) for Galesville elementary to work with struggling 3rd grade boys during writing class

Blake’s educational goals consist of completing the undergraduate degree in animal science and will begin this fall at UW-Madison. He intends to attempt to become involved in research while on campus. After completing this degree, he hopes to attend either graduate or veterinary school. Future plans include gaining placement in a job with the ability to impact the agriculture industry whether that be as a veterinarian, a researcher, or in another profession.