Meet Our 2022 Scholarship recipients

Taylor Gross ~ OAKLEY, MICHIGAN
Lake Superior State University | Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources Education 

Taylor just started her junior year at Lake Superior State University (LSSU) where she is majoring in fisheries and wildlife management. She previously studied at Mott Community College where she earned an Associate in Science degree and played on the softball team. Outside of school, Taylor has worked at the Detour Marina State Harbor and at the Michigan Department of Natural Resource’s (DNR) Wildlife Disease Lab. She also served on the DNR Youth Conservation Council to engage Michigan youth with the outdoors. After graduating from LSSU, Taylor plans to work in a fish hatchery. 

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Jersey Hoover ~ HANCOCK, MICHIGAN 
Norther Michigan University | Criminal Justice

Jersey is a third-year student at Northern Michigan University where she majors in Criminal Justice with a minor in Wildlife Conservation Law and Policing. Jersey previously studied at Gogebic Community College and worked for Michigan State Parks in Copper Harbor. She credits her interest in conservation to growing up in the Upper Peninsula and from hunting with her father. Upon graduation, Jersey plans to attend the Michigan Conservation Officer Training Academy and join the state as a conservation officer. 

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Viktoria Huber ~ AU GRES, MICHIGAN
Central Michigan University | Biology

Viktoria is a junior at Central Michigan University (CMU) majoring in Biology with a focus on Evolution, Ecology, and Conservation. She has interned and worked for DOW, the Natural Resources Conservation Service, Affiliated Researchers, United States Gypsum, and Tawas Point State Park. At CMU, she volunteers at the Botanical Greenhouse and enjoys caring for the wide range of aquatic, arid, and tropical plants. Viktoria’s passion has driven her to become a wetland scientist or soil conservationist so she can improve water quality, manage wetlands, and bring awareness to effective conservation techniques. 

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Taryn Indish ~ WILLIAMSBURG, MICHIGAN
Northwestern Michigan College  | Freshwater Studies

Taryn is currently finishing her Associates in Science and Arts with a focus in Freshwater Studies at Northwestern Michigan College. Taryn frequently volunteers with local conservation districts to help with restoration efforts of streams and land. Taryn also helped revive the Northwestern Michigan College (NMC) Green Team, a student club focusing on engaging students in environmental activism and recreation. Once graduating, Taryn plans to work in the Environmental Policy field while volunteering her time to local nonprofits and continuing her voice in environmental activism. 

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Maisie Wiler ~ ZEELAND, MICHIGAN
Grand Valley State University | Natural Resources Management

Maisie is a senior at Grand Valley State University, where she studies Natural Resources Management and is minoring in Biology. Her hobbies include hiking, cycling, rock collecting, and photography. Maisie is a part of the GVSU Farm Club and serves on its Executive Board as Workshop Coordinator. She is passionate about advancing sustainability in agriculture, and is fascinated by the interactions of people, plants, and land. She plans to attain her master's degree in Teaching or Education and plans to become an elementary school teacher. Maisie is also the first two-time recipient of the John A. Muter Memorial Scholarship.