Bison Foundation Scholarships Awarded to Nine University Students

Throlson Bison Foundation Awards $9,000 in Financial Support

Westminster, CO (November 8, 2016) – Nine emerging livestock industry leaders received welcomed financial support this month as they were named recipients of the 2017 Throlson American Bison Foundation scholarship.
The Throlson Foundation scholarship review committee received such quality applications this year that the group decided to award each of the students. This year also saw the addition of the Rich Zahringer memorial scholarship fund, which supports those students with a focus on agricultural business and accounting in recognition of the fund’s namesake, who was a longtime bison industry accountant who is among the pioneers of this business. 
Those receiving the scholarship from the Zahringer fund include Taylor Ball from Fresno State University, Thor Burnside from Fort Hays State University and Nadine O’Riordan from Cal Poly. Students in receipt of the Throlson American Bison Foundation scholarship include McKenzie Beals from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln,  Autumn Dunn from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln, Emma Haak from the University of Wisconsin – Platteville, Sarah Letsinger from Purdue University, Amy McBirney from the University of California – Davis, and Toni Rasmussen from the  University of Nebraska – Lincoln.

The primary mission of the foundation is to annually award scholarships in bison related studies. Some previous winning students have pursued degrees in veterinary medicine (production or pathology research), nutrition (livestock or meat), animal science, and behavior science. One common theme they have all possessed is an interest in the advancement of the bison industry.

You can support the Throlson American Bison Scholarship by making a tax-deductible to the Throlson American Bison Foundation by contacting the NBA at (303)292-2833, or by emailing, or by visiting