2018 MSHS Scholarship Recipients

Patrick Abeli (Michigan State University)

Patrick will be completing his master’s degree in Horticulture in May of 2019.  He has participated in studies trying to extend the postharvest life of fruits and vegetables.  He is currently researching blueberry biology.  Patrick recognizes the need for clear communication in agriculture and hopes is future career helps bring together growers, researchers and consumers.

Tye Wittenbach (Michigan State University)

Tye plans to graduate with a master’s degree in Horticulture in the spring of 2020.  In addition to working on his family’s farm, he has spent time the last few years working as a research assistant and an orchard scout.  Tye hopes his research will lead to ways to prevent bitterpit in apples.  He is looking toward a career as an extension agent and on the family farm.

Ben Savage (Michigan State University)

Ben is planning to graduate with a master’s degree in Entomology in the spring of 2020.  He has performed research on several different fruit commodities including apples, grapes and raspberries while trying to find improved methods of pest control.  In the future, he hopes to have a career where he is able to learn new information and pass on his findings.

Taylor Hawks (Michigan State University)

Taylor is working toward her bachelor’s degree in Horticulture with a planned graduation of May 2020.  She has worked at Dow Gardens helping to manage their apple orchard.  She has enjoyed creating an IPM plan for them and hopes to have her own apple orchard and farm market one day.

Amanda Hagyard (Michigan State University)

Amanda plans to graduate in May of 2019 with a degree in Agribusiness Management.  She has spent the past summer as a crop scout working in many different fruit commodities.  Her passion is to help farmers do their best and hopes to start a career as a sales representative or crop consultant upon graduation.

Sara Trattles (Kansas State University – Online)

Sara is looking to complete her master’s degree in Agribusiness Management in the spring of 2019.  She currently works for GreenStone Farm Credit Services and hopes that this education will help her continue to serve her specialty crop clients better.   In addition to her work at GreenStone, she also farms with her husband in St. Joseph County.

Jessika Maas (Michigan State University)

Jessika plans to complete her bachelor’s degree in Entomology at the end of next year.  She has worked with brown marmorated stink bug and spotted wing drosophila in the Gut lab.  She hopes to continue her education with a master’s degree and pursue a career in Integrated Pest Management.

More Information



7087 East Napier Ave.
Benton Harbor, Michigan 49022

Phone (269) 252-5461