Marnie Bodine

Scholarship Committee Chair

WCFA Scholarships

The Washington Cattle Feeders Association awards a limited number of $1,000 college scholarships to graduating high school seniors or to college students who are residents of Washington state. The scholarships are awarded to recipients based on beef community background, academic merit, leadership, activities, personal accomplishments and the desire to contribute to the agricultural community. The WCFA places a heavy value on the role of education and is appreciative of the contributions of Executive Club Gold Members who help make the WCFA Scholarship program possible.

Gerd Sievers and John J. Para Memorial Scholarships 

 Additionally, one student will receive the $1,500 Gerd Sievers Memorial Scholarship and one student will receive the $1,500 John J. Para Memorial Scholarship. These two scholarships memorialize two men who were outstanding advocates for cattle feeders and worked tirelessly to enhance opportunities for cattle feeders in Washington state. The Gerd Sievers Memorial was established in 2002 following his passing in 2001 and the John J. Para Memorial began after his passing in August of 2015. Both memorials have been maintained each year by the generosity of members, friends and family.  

2021

Scholarship Recipients

Learn more about this year's awardees and past recipients. We are excited to see how these young people will contribute to and shape cattle feeding and their communities in the future.

Kelby Tostenson

Ellensburg, WA

Oklahoma State University

John J. Para Memorial

Sydney Berquist

LaCrosse, WA

Montana State University

Gerd Sievers Memorial

Joshua Araiza

Moses Lake, WA

Eastern Washington University

Ty Harder

Hooper, WA

Washington State University

Maguire Isaak

Coulee City, WA

Washington State University

Bailey Sherley
Washington State University

2020

  • Travis Lenssen (Lynden/Washington State University) John J. Para Memorial
  • Joshua Araiza (Moses Lake/Eastern Washington University) Gerd Sievers Memorial
  • Payton Lyyski (Ellensburg/Eastern Washington University)
  • Madison Dixon (Pomeroy/ University of Providence - Great Falls)

2019

  • Isabel Gonzales (Othello/University of Idaho) John J. Para Memorial
  • Kay Bobadilla (Tonasket/Harvard College) Gerd Sievers Memorial
  • Morgan Smith (Connell/University of Idaho)
  • Austin Smith (Connell/University of Idaho)
  • Alynn Harder (Hooper/Washington State University)
  • Hally Lindgren (Pomeroy/Washington State University) 
  • Sonora Blair (Union, OR/University of Idaho) 
  • Drew Rose (South Bend/Washington State University)

2018

  • Peyton Curtis (Ritzville/Cal-Poly San Luis Obispo) John J. Para Memorial
  • Hadley Dotts (Deer Park/Spokane Community College) Gerd Sievers Memorial
  • Morgan Smith (Connell/University of Idaho)
  • Kallie Harder (Ritzville/Washington State University)
  • Caleb Berquist (LaCrosse/Montana State University)
  • Hannah Gonzales (Quincy/Eastern Washington University)
2017

  • Kaleigh Driver (Usk/EWU) John J. Para Memorial
  • Gracie Dickerson (Colfax/WSU) Gerd Sievers Memorial
  • Dakota Olberding (Connell/WSU)
  • Katie Emerson (Grand Coulee/EOU)
  • Colby Sooy (Odessa/WSU)
  • Kallie Harder (Ritzville/WSU)
  • Tanner Wallace (Quincy/WSU)
  • Ariel Chapman (Bonney Lake/WSU)


2016

  • Caitlin Queensberry (Puyallup) Gerd Sievers Memorial 
  • Madden Shanks (Friday Harbor)  John J. Para Memorial
  • Emily George (Moxee) 
  • Maxwell Mielke (Davenport)  
  • Natalie Hurst (Pullman)

2015
  • Dakota Olberding (Connell) Gerd Sievers Memorial
  • Jim Townsend (Okanogan)