WCMA Announces New Eggebrecht Scholarship, Names Two Recipients

Posted By: Ellie Herman (deleted) WCMA News ,

The Wisconsin Cheese Makers Association (WCMA) announced today the establishment of the Brian Eggebrecht Student Scholarship Supporting Skilled Trades for the Dairy Industry, as well as the two inaugural recipients.

Longtime WCMA Contest Committee Chairman and “B-Team” Contest volunteer group founder Brian Eggebrecht of Welcome Dairy has donated funds to support scholarships for technical college students in Wisconsin learning a variety of skills applicable to careers in dairy manufacturing.

Brian Eggebrecht’s generosity is exemplative of his decades-long involvement with WCMA, and of his immense support of the dairy processing industry as a whole,” said John Umhoefer, WCMA Executive Director. “WCMA will be honored to assist these vitally-needed skilled personnel through this scholarship, in Brian’s name.”

In the program’s first year, WCMA is awarding two students with $2,000 each to further their studies:

  • Blake Hill, a sub-lead in packaging at WCMA member Ellsworth Cooperative Creamery, will pursue an associate degree in Applied Sciences-Business Management at Chippewa Valley Technical College beginning in August 2021.
  • Tarran Janz, a maintenance technician at WCMA member Sartori Company, is pursuing an associate degree in Electro-Mechanical Automation Technology at Lakeshore Technical College.

The Brian Eggebrecht Student Scholarship Supporting Skilled Trades for the Dairy Industry will be offered annually along with WCMA’s other scholarship programs, the Myron P. "Mike" Dean Cheese Industry Scholarship and Supplier Member Scholarship.  For more information, visit WisCheeseMakers.org.