These outstanding individuals received awards for their involvement in 4-H or FFA dairy programs and commitment to the dairy community. This scholarship program began in 2017 with a goal to recognize graduating seniors who exhibit excellence in academics, leadership, passion for the dairy community and community service.
Name: Samuel Azevedo
Years involved in 4-H and FFA: 7 years
High School: Othello High School
University: Cal Poly San Luis Obispo
Major: BioResource and Agricultural Engineering
Samuel was born and raised on his family’s dairy farm in Eastern Washington.
“Some of my earliest memories are of me and my brothers out in the cow corrals with my dad being his ‘big helpers,’” he said.
Inspired by his father’s story of coming to the United States as an immigrant from the Azores Islands, Portugal to become a dairy farmer, Samuel is looking forward to bringing the skills he learns back to the dairy.
This fall he will begin his undergraduate studies at California Polytechnic State University (Cal Poly) to pursue a bachelor’s degree in BioResource and Agricultural Engineering. “This area of study will be beneficial when I return to Washington State to help you operate our family dairy farm,” he said.
Because of lessons and skills learned in dairy 4-H Samuel is determined to give back to the community in some way when he returns home.
“I not only have a connection to the dairy community, I am in fact a big part of the dairy community,” he said. “This is how I was raised and I love and embrace it every day.”
Name: Bailie Shultz
Years involved in 4-H and FFA: 6 years
High School: Liberty High School
University: Oregon State University
Major: Animal Science and Sustainability
Bailie’s connection to the dairy industry began over 50 years with her grandpa, Bill. “Generation to generation, dairy has been part of our lives,” Bailie said. “Even though my grandparents sold their dairy two months before I was born, I always wanted animals.”
Her wish came true when she leased her first cow from a local dairy farmer. She now owns a Jersey and a Holstein.
Bailie is fully immersed in all things dairy. She has attended National Holstein Conventions, travelled to World Dairy Expo on the Washington State Dairy Judging Team and competed at many shows and state fairs. In 2017 she served as the King and Pierce Counties Dairy Ambassador.