Montana Grain Growers and Grains Foundation Scholarship Winners


Great Falls, MT – The Montana Grain Growers Association (MGGA) and the Montana Grains Foundation (MGF) announced the recipients of their college scholarships for the 2020-21 school year.

The MGGA $1,000 scholarship winners are:

Sophia Flikkema, a Belgrade High School senior, plans to attend Mississippi State University and double major in economics and international business with a minor in Mandarin. With an eye on influencing future trade deals, she hopes to work for either a government entity or within the private sector to be a voice for U.S. farmers and ranchers.

Caden Rettig, Rudyard, is a high school senior planning to attend MSU-Bozeman and earn a degree in agriculture. His goal is to one day take over his family’s fourth generation farm.


The MGF awarded four $2,500 scholarships, two for undergraduate students selected by the MSU College of Agriculture, and two for graduate students selected by MGF, including one funded by CoBank. The graduate student winners are:

Laissa Cavallini is an MSU Entomology masters candidate who conducts her research in the Wheat Stem Sawfly (WSS) lab. She believes her studies will contribute to the conservation of natural resources while benefiting the grain industry of Montana, especially Montana wheat and barley producers.

Aishwarya Kothari, an MSU Plant Genetics PhD candidate, received the MGF scholarship funded by CoBank. She is specifically interested in sustainably growing crops with high nutritional quality which can cope with climate change without loss in yields by understanding the molecular mechanisms underlying plant responses to stress.


Congratulations to these students and MGGA and MFG  thank all of this year’s applicants for their interest and efforts.


Montanan Grain Growers Association 

Northern Ag Network

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