Congratulations to all of these OSA Scholarship Recipients!

Claira Goracke
2020 OSA Memorial Scholarship
Claira Goracke will be attending Eastern Oregon University this fall as a freshman majoring in Agriculture Science with a minor in business. She grew up in a family that farms and has a seed company and plans to be the next generation to work for the family seed business as a salesperson.

During her high school years, Claira has been very active in Leadership and Future Farmers of America. She was also a member of the National Honor Society for three years. She has been exposed to many aspects of farming and is looking forward to following in her grandfather’s footsteps.

Makenna Setniker
2020 OSA Memorial Scholarship
Makenna Setniker is enrolled at Oregon State University and plans to graduate in the spring of 2021 with a degree in Agriculture Business Management. She plans to pursue a career in the agriculture industry working for a vegetable seed company based in the Willamette Valley.

Growing up on a family farm gave Makenna a passion for agriculture at an early age. Since age 15, she has been able to work in several aspects of the farming operation and has gained valuable experience to fuel her passion and future goals. Currently, she is working as an intern at Universal Seed Company and has greatly appreciated the opportunity to increase her knowledge of the seed industry. Makenna is active in her community and church and enjoys spending time with her family.

Megan Stewart
2020 OSA Memorial Scholarship
Megan Stewart is currently enrolled at George Fox University with a double major in Journalism and Psychology, and is on track to graduate in the spring of 2021. While Megan is not sure if she will end up in journalism or counseling, she is sure that wherever she lands it will be in service to others.

Megan has been involved in several school newspapers and is currently co-editor-in-chief of The Crescent (the school paper at George Fox). She is also starting a summer internship with The New Era, a newspaper in Sweet Home, Oregon. Megan has worked to pay her way through college, and has also participated in walks for the National Eating Disorder Association and the EPIK Project, which helps fight sex-trafficking. She is active in her church and lives her life with passion, hope and a goal to give back to her community.

Nicole Cavill
2020 OSA Memorial Scholarship
Nicole Cavill is attending the University of Montana and is currently enrolled in the radiologic technologist program. Her goal after graduation in December 2020 is to apply to the radiation therapy program at Oregon Health and Science University. Her passion is to give a positive experience to patients battling cancer.

Nicole was active in Leadership & Student Government, National Honor Society and FFA. She has volunteered extensively throughout her school years in a plethora of community and church programs. She enjoys photography and horseback riding in her down time.

Matt Liszewski
2020 & 2019 OSA/OSU Scholarship
Matt is a senior at OSU majoring in Crop and Soil Science. He grew up in Salem and has been working at a grass seed farm in Silverton for over four years. While at OSU, he has been very involved with the Crop Science club, getting to know potential clients, and gaining an even better understanding of the agricultural community. Although he did not grow up in agriculture, it has became his passion and cannot wait to spend his career in the ag industry.

Kevin Madrigal
2020 OSA/OSU Scholarship
Kevin was born and raised in Boardman in Eastern Oregon. He is a first generation college student at Oregon State University and is striving to major in agronomy with a minor in business. He says he loves a challenge and learning something new every day.

Raymond Seal
2020 OSA/OSU Scholarship
Raymond is currently finishing his third year in the Crop & Soil Science program at Oregon State University. He has served for two years as the president of FarmHouse Fraternity as well as being an active participant on many community service, philanthropy and event committees. In addition to FarmHouse, Raymond is a member of the Crop Science Club and Country Western Dance Club at Oregon State. Prior to college Raymond served for one year as a State Officer for the Oregon FFA Association. From connections made in FFA, Raymond spent his last two summers working for Marion Ag Service as an intern. After completing a study abroad in New Zealand and finishing school in fall 2020, he hopes to work as an agronomist in Oregon.

Seth Barnhart
2020 OSA/OSU Scholarship & Oregon Seed Cleaning Scholarship
Seth is a junior at OSU majoring in Agricultural Business Management. He was raised at Roaring Spring Ranch where his dad worked, until his family moved back to Hoskins to take over the family farm. His family has been raising cattle for Country Natural Beef on the farm, that has been in the family since the early 1900’s. He started working for a grass seed farm when he was 16 and has been working on the harvest crew for the last four summers. Those positions sparked an interest in seed production, and this fall he planted his first crop of Italian ryegrass. His plan is to expand the seed side of the farm in the coming years and move back to Hoskins to farm with his father.

Nicole Anderson
2020 William Kent Wiley, Jr. Memorial Fellowship
Nicole is a current PhD student in the Crop and Soil Science Department at OSU. Her doctoral studies are focused on evaluating best agronomic practices in fine fescue seed crops that are grown in the absence of field burning. Her research is being conducted both at OSU’s Hyslop Research Farm and at four commercial farm locations in the Silverton Hills. For the past 11 years Nicole has also served as a field crops extension agent at OSU focusing on grass and legume seed production in the Willamette Valley. During this time, she has conducted over 100 field trials and regularly works with growers and crop consultants to solve practical problems on the farm. After graduation, Nicole looks forward to continuing her career helping Oregon’s seed growers.

Ashley Ragan
2019 OSA Memorial Scholarship
Ms. Ragan is a current student at Dallas High School in Dallas. Her father, Jason Ragan, currently works for Barenbrug USA. Ashley is an exceptional student, thespian and active member of her community. Ashley has gone above and beyond in her current studies from taking college classes to creating a tutoring program to teach elementary school age children Spanish. She is currently set to attend Western Oregon University in the fall to pursue a bachelor in Spanish with the ultimate goal of becoming a teacher in the local community. It was clear to the scholarship committee that Ashley’s dedication to her academics and extracurricular involvement proved to be a step ahead of her peers.

Cole Setniker 
2019 OSA Memorial Scholarship
Mr. Setniker is a current student at Santiam Christian School. His father, Erik Setniker, currently works for Universal Seed Company. Cole plans to attend California Polytechnic University in San Luis Obispo, California, to obtain a degree in Agriculture Business Management. Cole is a dynamic member of his community and an outstanding student. He is also an active member in 4H, FFA, and is the owner of KMC Cattle Company. His career goals are to become a managing partner of a vegetable seed company. The committee was extremely impressed with Cole’s ability to represent himself and his achievements in a professional but enthusiastic way.

Jamie Evers
2019 OSA Memorial Scholarship
Ms. Evers is currently attending the Oregon Institute of Technology (OIT) pursuing a major in Biology-Health Sciences with two minors in Literature and Technical Communication. After graduating from OIT, Jamie plans to continue her education with a Master’s degree in Science Writing or Doctorate of Chiropractic. Jamie will complete her DC with a training program in animal chiropractic medicine. With her diverse education, she will be able to thrive in her chosen career path. In addition to her academics, Jamie is very involved in community service and volunteers at the Klamath Animal Shelter. She is a member of several clubs and has a passion to make a difference in the world.

Emma Hedgpeth
2019 OSA Memorial Scholarship
Ms. Hedgpeth is a junior at Washington State University Pullman and plans to graduate in the spring of 2020 with a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration, certified for major in Accounting. Although this was not her original goal, she made the transition after realizing her strengths and interests were much better suited to business and accounting. Emma has been involved in agriculture from an early age and has volunteered at previous OSA conventions and worked one summer at Columbia River Seed. She is very active in her church and community working with Women’s Ministry, childcare and Sunday School. After graduation, Emma hopes to pursue a finance career in Agriculture.

Grant Roth
2019 OSA/OSU Scholarship
Grant is a junior at OSU majoring in Turf Management. He grew up on a diversified family farm outside of Silverton. His interest in turf management came from watching sports on television and his curiosity in how they made the fields look so good. To pursue his goal of being a major league grounds keeper, Grant interned last summer with a minor league baseball team in South Carolina, where he learned how to manage Bermudagrass turf. Next summer, Grant will be interning again, this time with the Washington Nationals Major League Baseball team in Washington D.C.

Dayne Iverson
2018 OSA Memorial Scholarship
Dayne will be graduating as Valedictorian of Chiawana High School with a 4.0 unweighted GPA and a 4.82 weighted GPA. He has been accepted, and will be attending Randolph-Macon College in the fall of 2018 with a major in chemistry and a minor in biology and Spanish. In addition, Dayne has earned a spot in the college honors program, NCAA Men’s Volleyball team and has been named their president’s scholar. All this will work towards Dayne’s goal to become a cardiothoracic surgeon. He is driven by a desire to help others, and after reaching his goal, wants to give back to others by volunteering time each year to Doctors without Borders.

At a young age, Dayne learned the value of hard work and determination. As a freshman, he founded Chiawana’s first Pre-Med Club and is the first student to complete 1,200 volunteer hours at his local hospital. Throughout his high school career, Dayne has shown versatility in his extracurricular activities, community service and scholastic achievements. He will also earn his EMT certification this summer.

Dayne is a very driven and goal oriented individual. He has a plan mapped out for his higher education and recognizes the dedication and hard work it will take to achieve the title of doctor.

Rocio Ruiz Lopez
2018 OSA Memorial Scholarship
Rocio will graduate from Harrisburg High School and is enrolled at Portland State University in the pre-nursing program. Upon completion of her prerequisites, she will transfer to the University of Portland where she will complete her education with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Rocio is driven by a passion to help others. Her compassionate nature and personal drive ensures she will be successful in her chosen career path.

Early in life, Rocio faced diversity head on when she was mocked for being enrolled in speech class. Through the support of her parents and teachers, she was able to overcome her speech impediment and also learn the value of hard work and perseverance.

Rocio has been very active in the community volunteering at homeless shelters and food banks. She was the 2017-2018 youth advisor on the Harrisburg Planning Commission, is involved in Community Theater, and has been a member of St. Helen’s Church choir for over four years. With a desire for knowledge, Rocio is excited to start this new chapter in her life.

Ryan Dunn
2018 OSA Memorial Scholarship
Ryan is finishing his last year at Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo, California. His father is Bill Dunn at DLF/Pickseed/Seed Research. His major is Mechanical Engineering with a concentration in Mechatronics. He has excelled in his studies making the Dean’s list every quarter and the President’s List for the last two years.

His passion is robotics and the development of robotic technologies. Ryan has been involved with various high school robotics teams as a way to get younger students interested in the field. His high school robotics club really peaked his interest and he wants to reach other students in that way.
He would like to pursue a career in the robotics industry and someday start a successful robotics company.

Sequoia Rysdam
2018 OSA Memorial Scholarship
Sequoia is a junior at Pacific Lutheran University. She plans on graduating in May of 2019 with a degree in Kinesiology. She is in the pre-physical therapy program and her minor is Exercise and Sports Psychology. She will begin applying to physical therapy schools this summer. Her mother is Velvet Rysdam at Pure Seed Testing.

In talking with Sequoia, it is evident she has a passion for sports and working with athletes who are recovering from injuries. In addition to playing on several sports teams at Silverton High School, she has been involved in coaching with the Special Olympics and the paralympic sports club at Pacific Lutheran University. She would like to own a physical therapy clinic in her home town of Silverton in the future.

James Tyler “Ty” Seely
2018 OSA/OSU Scholarship
Ty grew up in Hillsboro and is a senior studying Horticulture and International Studies. He did not grow up in the agriculture industry, but his interest was piqued while working at the North Willamette Research and Extension Center after his junior year of high school. Since then, he has worked summers at OSU on various research projects. He was our first interview done via a satellite as he spent the 2017 fall term in Guatemala establishing an oyster mushroom growing project/small business development. These hands-on experiences have helped him to choose his graduate program of combating food insecurity in the world. He will be graduating in June of 2018.

Adan Avila
2018 OSA/OSU Scholarship
Adan is a senior studying Ag Business Management and grew up in Canby. He has spent his life in agriculture working on a local fresh market vegetable farm while in high school and college, rising to crew supervisor. Adan has done two internships while in school at OSU, one with Pure Seed Testing in 2016, and the summer of 2017 at Northwest Farm Credit Services. From both internships, he has decided that he would like to pursue a career in either our seed industry or in Ag credit. He will be graduating in June of 2018.

Aaron Zielinski
2018 OSA/OSU Scholarship
Aaron is a senior from Gervais majoring in Crop and Soil Science, and wants to be an agronomist or extension agent. After high school, not fully knowing what he wanted to do for a career, Aaron worked for a few years in everything—from washing cars to retail. He also worked on his uncles’ farms and with his dad, Gordon, on their family’s hazelnut farm, before figuring out that he wanted to be involved in the ag industry.

Garrett Hightower
2018 OSA/OSU Scholarship
2018 Oregon Seed Cleaning Scholarship

Garrett is currently a junior majoring in Ag Business Management. He grew up on a diversified farm in Junction City and considers himself a lifetime ag person. As his father, Rodney, is part owner of Strome Farms, he has done everything from moving irrigation to equipment maintenance. His goals are to be “the next generation of the farm” by someday taking it over, and learning the tools to succeed while learning at OSU. He is on track to finish school in December 2018.

Colette Richter
2018 William Kent Wiley Jr. Memorial Fellowship
Colette is a first-year masters student in the Crop and Soil Sciences department at Oregon State University. Her co-advisers are Dr. Bob Zemetra (wheat breeding) and Dr. Sabry Elias (seed science and technology). Her thesis topic is “The Development of Screening Methods for the Transfer of a New Herbicide Resistance into Winter Wheat Adapted to the Pacific Northwest.” Colette is excited to be working on a project that gives her exposure to both plant breeding and seed technology, and could see herself working in both fields in the future. She plans to pursue a PhD after completing her master’s degree, but has not decided on a specific area of focus.

Colette transferred from the University of Wisconsin with one year of eligibility remaining, and is a member of the Oregon State University cross country and track teams. Her drive to succeed is evident and has helped her achieve at a high level in both academics and athletics throughout her career.

Brenda Birrueta
2017 OSA Memorial Scholarship
Brenda is from Lebanon, Oregon, and the daughter of Celestino and Carmen Birrueta who are both long time employees of Barenbrug USA. Brenda is the first of her family to attend college and her family is proud of her achievement. Brenda just finished her sophomore year of studies at Oregon State University, majoring in Business Administration with a minor in Spanish. She spent her freshmen year at Grand Canyon University in Phoenix, Arizona.

While attending school, Brenda also holds down a job. Her current employer states that she walks in the door with a smile on her face and is a pure joy to have in their office. Brenda never complains about her heavy work load, she always remains positive and stays on task. In school, her advisor writes that Brenda demonstrates an ability to work within a team, also exhibits leadership skills, and is a valuable contributor to the community around her.

Brenda’s current career plans are in Human Resources. She is hoping to find an internship this summer working for a local company in a similar aspect of Business Management.

Nicole Cavill
2017 OSA Memorial Scholarship
Nicole just finished her four years at Central Linn High School in Halsey, Oregon. Nicole plans to become a physical therapist, and will be attending the University of Montana to study exercise science and sports medicine this fall.

While at Central Linn, she was very active with FFA, holding offices in her school’s chapter. Her advisors write that she displays a high degree of integrity, responsibility and ambition, in addition to her excellent scholastic accomplishments. She is a dependable team player and exhibits enthusiasm, reliability, and is most trustworthy. She also has a love of horses and is a part of the equestrian team, taking on the responsibility of being Team Captain this past year. She leads by example. She has a passion for helping others and likes to keep busy.

Nicole is the daughter of John and Laura Cavill. Laura is employed by DLF Pickseed USA.

Mitchell (Mitch) Evers
2017 OSA Memorial Scholarship and
2017 Oregon Seed Cleaning Scholarship
Mitchell (Mitch) Evers, a senior at Oregon State University (OSU) and local Corvallis resident, received both the Oregon Seed Association/Oregon State University (OSA/OSU) and Oregon Seed Cleaning scholarship awards.

Mitch grew up on a dairy farm and has been around agriculture his entire life. His goal is to become an agronomist in forage production, either domestically or internationally. Mitch has been involved in the OSU Dairy Club and as a technician in the USDA Horticultural Crops research unit. He enjoys participating with Ag Fest and Farm Bureau, and the opportunities he has had to speak with legislators about the agriculture industry.

Tanner Holland
2017, 2016 & 2015 OSA/OSU Scholarship
Tanner is a junior at Oregon State University, majoring in Ag Science with a career goal of working in the seed industry. Tanner spent this past summer in the OSA internship program getting exposed to different aspects of the seed industry such as warehousing, cleaning, plant breeding research and harvesting.Tanner is a senior Ag Sciences major. Upon graduating, he hopes to work in the grass seed industry as an agronomist or get involved in seed or agricultural sales in the Willamette Valley.

Tanner completed an OSA internship and worked for several different member companies during the summer of 2015. This experience really solidified his desire to be involved in the Oregon seed industry. Tanner has an innate ability to build strong and positive relationships with the people he is around.

Samantha Roof
2017 & 2016 OSA/OSU Scholarship
Samantha is a senior at Oregon State University. After an internship as a freshman in Hermiston at the OSU Ag Research and Extension Center, Samantha became interested in the industry practice of spraying pesticides and protecting the environment and the animals living in it. Her goal became to mitigate and find a balance that can produce a high yield in production for the growers without having a negative impact to the environment. Samantha is majoring in Bioresource Research with an option in Sustainable Ecosystems.

Samantha Brentano
2017 OSA/OSU Scholarship
Samantha is a senior at Oregon State University majoring in soil sciences,
Samantha would like to better agriculture through research and development, possibly as a research agronomist. Her goal is to pursue a Master’s degree in order to have more available resources and freedom to develop or enhance current or future tools and technology being used in agriculture. Her motivation is to help farmers maximize their inputs and minimize ecological impact.

Nick Carleson
2017 OSA/OSU Scholarship
Nick is in the BioResource Research program at the Honors College at Oregon State University (OSU). His thesis focus is on plant-parasitic microbiomes. He has worked on the seed gall nematode, a pest seen in orchard grass and bent grass. In his free time, he loves to cycle and is the OSU cycling club race director.

Brenda Villanueva
2017 OSA/OSU Scholarship
Brenda is majoring in Bio Resource Research with the objective of working in the seed industry with a focus on pathogens. Her goal is to find ways to control pathogens that are less expensive and have a greater efficacy. Brenda was also a presenter at the undergraduate summer research symposium at OSU where she received high marks. Brenda is a Sophmore at Oregon State University.

Angel Torres
2017 OSA/OSU Scholarship
Angel has been around farming in Oregon his entire life. He is majoring in Crop and Soil Science and plans to attend graduate school and become a crop consultant working in the seed industry. Angel is involved in many extracurricular activities at OSU. He has made it a goal to give back and help others with his similar background and wants to make an impact in the Oregon seed industry.

Lucas Bobadilla
2017  William Kent Wiley Jr. Memorial Fellowship 
Lucas grew up in Brazil around his grandfather’s farm, which birthed his love of agriculture and his desire to improve practices. He is currently a first year graduate student studying the frequency and distribution of Glyphosate resistant populations of annual ryegrass. In 2015, he spent a year as a research assistant in the weed science lab at U.C. Davis, and previously worked as an intern studying the control of the weed Elesine indica in sugar cane in Brazil. Lucas is a twice-published co-author of research papers. Lucas has a strong desire to impact agriculture and is working on issues that directly affect the seed industry.

Tara Bergland
2017  William Kent Wiley Jr. Memorial Fellowship
Tara Bergland is a first year graduate student researching the efficacy of plant growth regulator mixtures on seed yield and yield components in tall fescue. She has volunteered in the OSU Dairy Barn as well as doing trail maintenance for Corvallis parks. In 2013, while traveling in Tanzania, she was able to see different sides of agriculture, including coffee and sugar cane farms. That experience helped her realize that she cares about agriculture and working to improve processes which will in turn impact people throughout the world.

Jessie Stone
2016 OSA Memorial Scholarship
Jessie is pursuing dual degrees at Arizona State University. She is majoring in Journalism at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at ASU’s downtown campus. In addition, she also attends the WP Carey School of Business. She plans to graduate with a B.A. in Journalism and Mass Communication and a B.S. in Business Marketing.
Jessie is the daughter of Kyle and Cindy Stone.

Morgan Aerni
2016 OSA Memorial Scholarship
Morgan, a 2013 West Albany graduate, now attends Oregon State University and plans to complete her BSc in Animal Sciences. She plans to become a veterinarian with hopes that she will one day have her own practice. Morgan is the daughter of Steve and Nancy Aerni.

Karina Lopez-Ruiz
2016 OSA Memorial Scholarship
Karina will be pursuing a career as a pediatrician at Oregon State University in the fall of 2016. She plans to complete her pre-med studies at OSU before applying to medical schools. She also hopes to pursue her longtime dream of being a Peace Corp volunteer. “Ensuring children a healthy life from the beginning strongly impacts both their future lives and our entire society,” said Karina. She is the daughter of Jorge Ruiz Vasques and Eloisa Lopez De Ruiz

Elizabeth Hayes
2016 OSA/OSU Scholarship
2016 ASTA Scholarship
Elizabeth, a post-baccalaureate student at Oregon State University received a OSA/OSU scholarship and a ASTA scholarship. Elizabeth is currently employed by Sure Crop Farm Service in Junction City as a crop scout and agronomist in training. Her major interests are in crop advising and consulting with local growers in the south valley. She plans to pursue a career as a certified crop adviser. Elizabeth works part-time for the Crop Science department at OSU with the forage research project focusing on the importance and diversity of forage production in Oregon. She is currently working on a project for the Oregon Clover Commission to develop marketing materials for clover seed.

Simon Fraher
2016, 2015 & 2013 OSA/OSU Scholarship
Simon is a senior in the Honors College at Oregon State University. Simon is a BioResource Research major, with an emphasis in sustainable ecology. His career goal is to ease the burden of agriculture on the world. He plans to travel next year around the nation networking with farmers, professors and industry professionals to refine his agricultural interest before starting the Master’s Program at OSU. He enjoys lab work and critical thinking.

Levi Graffenberger
2016 & 2015 OSA/OSU Scholarship

Levi is a senior at Oregon State University. Levi’s goal is to become an active business partner in the ownership of the family business, Chambers Farm (est. 1907), and to live a good life and feed people. “If you can’t feed 100 people, just feed one” is his motto. He plans to make some major changes at his family’s farm that would lead to a more environmentally conscious operation. His role model is his hard working grandfather. In addition to working on his family farm, Levi also travels to countries less fortunate to help with construction of buildings, introduce modern agricultural techniques to farming communities, and forward osmosis water filtration systems.

Cesar Juarez
2016 OSA/OSU Scholarship
Cesar, a senior at Oregon State University, has always had an interest in agriculture. His advisor at OSU says “he has been fully successful balancing work, community service and difficult course work.” He most recently has received the 2015 Outstanding Development and Outreach Role Model Award for an abstract he presented at a national conference in Washington D.C. Cesar sees his future within the field of Botany, Plant Pathology and Bioenergy. He is interested in an internship this summer.

Pete Berry
2016 William Kent Wiley Jr. Memorial Fellowship
Pete is pursuing his doctorate at Oregon State University. After earning his Bachelor of Science degree in Plant Science at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, he came to Oregon State University to pursue his doctorate in Crop Sciences. He is currently working on his thesis on brassica residue under varied cultural practices. After receiving his doctorate, Pete hopes to keep doing research in the field of Crop Science with a focus on International Agriculture Development.

Blake Kerbs
2016 William Kent Wiley Jr. Memorial Fellowship