Iowa State Sophomore Receives TCF Scholarship

    Iowa State University sophomore Lexi Wagemester is a recipient of a Chicago Farmers’ scholarship. A native of Viroqua, Wisconsin, Lexi is majoring in animal science at Iowa State. In a thank you note to TCF, Lexi said that she grew up on a small farm where her family raised commercial cattle and pigs. Her mother grew up on a dairy farm and her father grew up raising cattle and hogs. Lexi said she grew up working cattle and sorting pigs alongside her father and siblings. “I truly enjoy the work and dedication it takes to care for animals,” Lexi said.

    She noted that her rural community presented some financial challenges to her family, but, at the same time, it also helped her to realize the value of hard work and a college education. Lexi said she began working part-time on a dairy farm to start saving for college when she was 15-years-old. When she was 16, she was able to purchase her own vehicle, “which taught me how to be responsible and conscientious about my money.”

    Throughout high school, Lexi was involved in FFA and her local 4-H Club, which made her realize that she wanted to pursue a career in agriculture. Lexi said she chose to attend Iowa State because it was the perfect place for her to expand her knowledge and experience. At Iowa State Lexi is active in the Dairy Science Club and the Block and Bridle Club. Her plans are to graduate with a Bachelor of Science degree in animal science and possibly to continue her education in graduate school. “With this degree, I either plan to pursue a career in ruminant nutrition or something related to animal reproduction or genetics,” Lexi shared.

    “I am extremely grateful for this scholarship as it helps further my education at Iowa State,” Lexi wrote. “Receiving this scholarship will allow me to achieve my educational goals. I greatly appreciate this scholarship and the financial support from The Chicago Farmers. Thank you for your generosity and believing in me.”

    Written by Chicago Farmers Editor Denise Faris