Gunderson Memorial Scholarship

Wisconsin Pork Association, in cooperation with the family of Buell Gunderson, established a scholarship program in 2007 to recognize the many contributions that Buell Gunderson made to the Wisconsin pork industry. As a swine herdsman for the University of Wisconsin-Madison for more than 30 years, Buell Gunderson was instrumental in helping shape not only the swine industry, but also hundreds of 4-H and FFA youth and university students through his teaching, judging, coaching, and commitment. In addition, Gunderson, together with his wife, Bernice, served as Secretary/Treasurer of the Wisconsin Pork Association for 20 plus years and assisted in growing the organization from its initial roots to the successful organization that it is today – sponsoring scholarships, developing youth programs, and helping to support the pork producers of the state.


2023 Recipients

Anna Schoenike was selected to receive a $1,000 scholarship, Talena Sprecher received a $750
scholarship, and Claire Esselman was awarded a $500 scholarship.

Anna is studying Animal Science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is involved in many
agricultural organizations and has experience in both the show pig and commercial swine industries. She
plans to pursue a career in the swine industry and continue to be an ambassador and advocate for the
agriculture community.

Talena plans to attend Illinois Central Community College to participate in the livestock judging
team, and after obtaining her associates degree, she plans to transfer to a senior college to obtain her
Agricultural Education degree. Talena is passionate about educating youth and wants to give her
students the opportunity to have many of the same experiences she was able to enjoy in the swine

Claire plans to attend Iowa State University to pursue a degree in Agricultural and Rural Policy
with an emphasis in International Business. Her goal is to be an agricultural lobbyist so she can advocate
and protect the rights of pork producers on a state or national level

Eligibility Requirements

  1. Applicants must demonstrate considerable dedication and involvement to the pork industry.
  2. Consideration will be given to individuals who have established their own production herd, been involved on their family operation, or shown specific interest in pork production or livestock judging.
  3. Priority will be given to applicants who are beginning pork producers or pursuing an Animal Science, agricultural production, or closely related major. Students who are attending college out of state but were originally or remain a Wisconsin resident may also apply.
  4. Criteria may include, but not limited to:
    • Industry Activities
    • Career Orientation
    • Financial Need