WALSAA announces 2022 Farm and Industry Short Course student awards

The Wisconsin Agricultural and Life Sciences Alumni Association (WALSAA) is pleased to announce the Farm and Industry Short Course (FISC) Award recipients for the 2021-22 school year.

FISC focuses on production agriculture and is the longest-standing program in the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences (CALS) at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. Courses are held during the winter months of the school year to accommodate students with obligations on their family farms. The FISC program has more than 6,000 alumni and is led by UW-Madison’s premier agriculture and life sciences researchers and instructors.

WALSAA offers three groups of awards to FISC students – Outstanding FISC Student, Activities and Leadership, and Academic Excellence. All awards were presented on March 12, 2022 at the FISC graduation celebration. Students will also be recognized during the WALSAA Awards Ceremony on April 1, 2022.

Outstanding FISC Student – Five scholarships were presented to students who displayed excellence in leadership, service, academics and work experience. This year’s winners are: $1,000 to Halei Heinzel, Oconomowoc, Wis.; $500 to Madalyn Miller-Nielsen, Lake Mills, Wis.; $500 to Jacob Roden, Cedarburg, Wis.; $250 to Leo Ehlen, Elkhorn, Wis.; and $250 to Heidi Juedes, Marshall, Wis.

Activities and Leadership Award – Four awards were presented to students actively involved in campus organizations and leadership opportunities. This year’s winners are: Tyler Bramstedt, Howards Grove, Wis.; Leo Ehlen, Elkhorn, Wis.; Halei Heinzel, Oconomowoc, Wis.; and Madalyn Miller-Nielsen, Lake Mills, Wis.

Academic Excellence – Seven awards were given to students with the highest grade point averages in the FISC program. This year’s winners are: Tyler Bramstedt, Howards Grove, Wis.; Carly Epping, Monticello, Wis.; Halei Heinzel, Oconomowoc, Wis.; Hannah Hensel, Pittsville, Wis.; Jacob Roden, Cedarburg, Wis.; Rachel Schumann, Barneveld, Wis.; and Riley Thomson, Sheboygan, Wis.

WALSAA is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization that supports the connection of students, faculty and alumni to the University of Wisconsin’s College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, known as CALS. Established in 1972, WALSAA has embarked on a remarkable journey of service and fellowship with alumni and friends of CALS. For more information on WALSAA visit