The Wisconsin Bankers Foundation, the non-profit arm of the Wisconsin Bankers Association, has awarded Chad Achenbach and Taylor Lindsay with the 2023 Agricultural Banking Scholarship. Demonstrating the Foundation’s commitment to cultivating the next generation of agricultural bankers in Wisconsin, the Agricultural Banking Scholarship is offered annually in the fall. Two $1,500 scholarships are awarded to students attending an accredited public or private, non-profit college, university, or technical college who demonstrate in their application a strong understanding of the importance of financial literacy and are actively pursuing a career in agricultural finance.
Chad Achenbach is a declared double major in agribusiness and animal science expected to graduate from UW–Platteville in May 2025. Active throughout the agricultural community, Achenbach grew up on a hobby farm in Eastman, Wis. and was involved with 4-H and FFA through high school. In 2020, Achenbach became an inaugural member of Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection’s (DATCP) Wisconsin Agriculture Youth Council, where he gained insight on state agricultural policy development and tools available to support Wisconsin farmers. At UW–Platteville, Achenbach is involved in Alpha Gamma Rho (Beta Gamma chapter), Block & Bridle, and the Pioneer Dairy Club. He also serves as an ambassador for the UW–Platteville School of Agriculture. During the summer of 2023, Achenbach interned at Peoples State Bank in Prairie du Chien, Wis. as an ag loan officer.
Taylor Lindsay is a declared agricultural business major and animal science minor expected to graduate from UW–River Falls in May 2025. Growing up on her family’s beef farm in Boyd, Wis., Lindsay has been around agriculture her entire life. Involved in 4-H and FFA throughout high school, Lindsay is pursuing an agribusiness career to not only remain active in the agricultural industry but also to help make a difference in her community. At UW–River Falls, Lindsay is a member of the Agricultural Business and Marketing Society, Agribusiness Leadership Team, Block and Bridle, Collegiate Farm Bureau, and Collegiate Livestock Judging Team. During the summer of 2023, Lindsay interned as an agriculture credit analyst at Nicolet National Bank in Eau Claire, Wis.
“In awarding the Agricultural Banking Scholarship to two deserving individuals, the Foundation aims to support and encourage the growth of talent in the agricultural finance sector,” said Foundation Chair Rose Oswald Poels. “I am pleased to recognize Chad and Taylor for their achievements and outstanding commitment to Wisconsin’s agricultural industry and wish them the very best in their future agribusiness careers.”
To learn more about the Wisconsin Bankers Foundation and its current scholarship opportunities, please visit wisbankfoundation.org.