IEOSA Scholarships Recipients 2017

Mitch Coats is a junior at the University of Idaho (Boise campus), majoring in Agriculture Science, Communications and Leadership. In 2014 Mitch Coats started his own cattle operation, located in Emmett, Idaho and manages his herd of Wagyu cattle. He regularly attends the Texas A&M Beef Cattle Short Course (every summer) to increase his knowledge of beef cattle genetics, marketing and annual economic forecasts. Mitch Coats is truly a “non traditional student.” He is a husband, father (two year old son), veteran of the U.S. Navy and seasoned entrepreneur. After honorably serving his country, Mitch moved to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to train and compete in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. He became the first American to earn a black belt in Jiu Jitsu from the most prolific Jiu Jitsu team in the world. Mitch Coats became a two time national champion in Jiu Jitsu, winning both the American Cup and the U.S. Open. In 2013 Farmers Insurance awarded Mitch Coats with the “Hometown Hero Award” for his volunteer work in the aftermath of the EF-5 tornado that devastated Moore, OK. Mitch was the 2017 Intern with The Food Producers of Idaho where he learned about agriculture policy and how laws are made. This internship inspired him to continue his education and seek degree in law. Mitch would like to work in the agriculture sector, focusing on water rights and natural resources. This April, Mitch was inducted into Gamma Sigma Delta, for his 4.0 cumulative GPA.

Mallory Cullen - I am a sophomore at the University of Idaho. I am currently studying plant biotechnology and love being involved on campus. I not only devote a large portion of my time to my school work but I also enjoy being involved in clubs as well as my sorority. I currently have a 3.93 GPA and am member of both Sigma Alpha Pi and Phi Eta Sigma honor societies. These two honor societies recognize leadership, scholarship, and success as priorities and select only the most driven individuals to join. I am also a part of Kappa Alpha Theta, a women’s fraternity whose members strive for academic success as well as leadership and service. I am also currently serving as my chapter’s chief operations officer in charge of both member development and risk management. On campus, I make every effort to be involved with my peers. I am currently a member of the University of Idaho Block and Bridle Club and am involved in other campus activities such as attending careers fairs, participating in the student service SYNC projects, and supporting other organizations at philanthropies and events. I am extremely active in a service organization called Rotary. I have helped to start the Idaho Rotex group for Rotary and was an ambassador as a rotary youth exchange student. I volunteer at Shadow Hills Elementary in my free time and I have volunteered there for several years because I am passionate about helping others, especially children. I hope to be able to continue my passions into my future career. After I graduate, I am looking to become involved in both research and academia. I hope to be able to improve the way in which we produce crops as well as share my love for plant science. I am extremely thankful for the scholarship and it will go a long way to helping me to pay for my education. Thank you!

Kyle Isham - I am 2014 graduate of Butte County High School. During high school, I averaged a 4.0 GPA and graduated at the top of my class. I grew up in a small town called Howe, Idaho where I worked on my family farm of 2500 acres. This allow me to fall in love with the agriculture world which caused me to want to further my education. I am currently enrolled at the University of Idaho and pursuing my bachelor’s degree in sustainable cropping systems with an emphasis in sustainability. During my freshman year at the University of Idaho, I was nominated for the outstanding freshman award. I am currently finishing my second semester of my junior year and I have maintained a GPA of 3.78. During the fall of 2017, I will be a senior and will take part in the fall, 2017 commencement. After the commencement takes place, I will continue my education and get my master’s degree from the University of Idaho in plant science. From there I hope to get a job working in the agriculture industry as a plant breeder.


Dain Johnson is a junior in his 3rd semester at the University of Idaho studying Agricultural Economics. Dain began his academic career at the College of Western Idaho (CWI) in Nampa, Idaho, and became a Vandal in the spring of 2016 after graduating Summa Cum Laude with his Associate of Arts from CWI. He was born in agriculture and grew up working on his family’s horse ranch and custom combine businesses. In addition to agriculture, he also has an interest in government and agricultural policy. This has led to working in several internship positions in Idaho State government, including the governor’s office, and experience as an agricultural lobbyist. Community involvement has been an important part of Dain’s life through church service projects, membership in the Phi Theta Kappa honor society, and staffing at Worldview Academy summer leadership camps. He continues this tradition of service at the University of Idaho in his role as a Student Ambassador for the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences. After graduation, Dain plans to work in production agriculture and behind the scenes in government on behalf of agriculture.

Julia Reese attends the University of Idaho, where she studies agricultural systems management and civil engineering. She is on the Dean’s List, is a member the Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society, races on the cycling team, and works for Crop Matters, an agricultural contract research company. In the future, she hopes to work at the crossroads of agriculture and engineering solving technical problems, especially those related to water.


Kayla Yearout has spent her third year at the University of Idaho studying diligently to eventually earn a Bachelor of Science in Sustainable Cropping Systems, a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Horticulture and a Minor in Spanish. Kayla’s ideal career would be one as a plant breeder within an alternative agricultural program to conduct research on current, and potentially new, plant fibers that are used as textiles. To help secure a career as a plant breeder after graduation, Kayla has been working as an intern for Pro Gene Research Company this past year, working with peas, oats and triticale. Serving as the CALS Advancement Social Media Intern and the CALS Student Success Engagement Intern over the past two years, Kayla has been able to work with staff, faculty, and students of CALS, and will be retuning next year holding these internship positions again. Kayla has also spent this past year as a CALS Student Ambassador, and has been helping with recruitment efforts for the College. She enjoys helping others achieve their goals and ambitions in life and wants her peers that are involved in clubs and organizations to have the same opportunities and experience she had during her membership in the 4-H and FFA organizations as well as those opportunities and experiences as a student attending a University. Kayla believes that having strong leadership qualities goes a long way and helps in every aspect of life.

Scholarship Applications

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Please return to the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences Academic Programs Office in Ag. Science Building Room 65 by March 25, 2018.


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