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Dairy Agriculture Scholarships

Here are some of the Dairy Agriculture scholarships on our site for which you may qualify.

Western Union Foundation Global Scholarship Program

The Western Union Foundation Global Scholarship Program (WU Scholars) is a program designed to support young people and their efforts to pursue a post-secondary education. Selected scholarship recipients will receive USD $2,500 each to contribute toward tuition or school fees at an accredited post-secondary institution and will be selected based on criteria relating to the program's three pillars: Perseverance, Aspiration, and Community. To be eligible, students must be seeking an undergraduate degree in one of the following categories: science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and business/entrepreneurship. The application, which requires a letter of recommendation and an academic transcript, opens Wednesday March 8th. The application deadline is Wednesday, April 12 at noon Eastern Standard Time. Please contact wufoundation@iie.org with any questions.

John Brandt Memorial Scholarship Program

The John Brandt Memorial Scholarship Program is a $25,000 scholarship available to graduate students pursuing dairy-related degrees at Iowa State University, South Dakota State University, the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, or the University of Wisconsin, Madison. One or two scholarships are awarded annually to deserving candidates who have demonstrated exceptional commitment and aptitude toward their field of study.Applicants must be pursuing a program of study leading to a master’s or doctorate degree in dairy cattle nutrition, genetics, physiology or management, or the manufacturing, processing or marketing of milk and dairy products.A 10-member selection committee awards the scholarship recipient each spring, for candidates enrolled for the following fall in their program of choice, at the required universities. The John Brandt Memorial Scholarship Program was created in 1953 by the namesake’s family and friends to honor his memory and assist aspiring graduate students ensure a bright future for the dairy industry.John Brandt was an organizer and president of Land O'Lakes from 1923 until his death in 1953. He established himself as an indelible figure in Land O’Lakes lore by selling 40 million pounds of LAND O LAKES Butter on a sales trip throughout the East Coast. His efforts ushered in a new system of selling and shipping butter directly to retailers, thus bypassing middlemen and increasing profits for Midwest dairy producers.

AFA Leader and Academic Scholarships

Agriculture Future of America provides support to future leaders in agriculture from across the country through the AFA Leader and Academic Scholarship program. Scholarships seek to identify young leaders in the agriculture and food industry to enter AFA’s leader development program and receive an academic scholarship to support their academic education. AFA awards 40-50 National Leader and Academic Scholarships annually. AFA provides 30-35 AFA Leader and Academic Scholarships annually to graduating high school seniors or current college students , enrolling/enrolled in a agriculture-related, four-year degree program in the United States. These scholarships are supported by AFA Organizational Partners. Eligibility Requirements: All scholarships include leader development award to attend the AFA Leaders Conference (November of scholarship year in Kansas City, Mo.), of which full attendance is required to receive the full academic scholarship. (Dates of AFA Leaders Conference - see website) Academic scholarship may be used for tuition and fees only. This may include books if paid for through a university charge account. Students must be enrolled in, or enrolling in, an agriculture-related, four-year degree program. Students must be a citizen of the United States of America to be eligible for AFA scholarship awards. International students studying in the United States are not eligible Scholarship recipients will be selected on the basis of career vision and goal, leader and community involvement, and financial need. Applicants must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.

Earl R. Sorensen Memorial Scholarships

ELIGIBILITY: Pursuing a four-year degree in any area of agriculture, excluding food service, parks and recreation studies and dietetics. Applicant must have participated in community service and be a resident of Iowa or Michigan.AWARD: Two scholarships at $1,000 each, non-renewable.

NDS/ McCullough Scholarships

Applicant must be a high school senior planning to enter a four-year-college or university with intent to major in Dairy/Animal Science with a Communications emphasis or Agricultural Journalism with a Dairy/Animal Science emphasis. Scholarship is based on communication abilities and future plans. This scholarship is sponsored from a bequest fund sponsored by M.E. McCullough, well-known Georgia nutrition researcher, educator and journalist. Amount: (1st-$2,500 & 2nd-$1,000)

National Dairy Promotion and Research Board (NDB) Undergraduate Scholarship Program

Scholarships are awarded based on academic achievement, an interest in a career in a dairy-related discipline, plus demonstrated leadership, initiative and integrity. Candidates are expected to complete an application form, submit a transcript of all college courses, and write a short statement describing their career aspirations, dairy-related activities and work experiences. The application information is evaluated by the NDB scholarship committee composed of an external review panel and at least two board members. The recommendations of the scholarship committee are summarized by NDB staff and the scholarships are then awarded. The National Dairy Promotion and Research Board (NDPRB) through Dairy Management, Inc.(DMI) annually awards up to 20 $1,500 scholarships to eligible undergraduate students (sophomore through senior) enrolled in college/university programs that emphasize dairy.Majors include: communications/public relations, journalism, marketing, business, economics, nutrition, food science, and Ag education. Scholarships are awarded based on outstanding academic achievement, an interest in a career in a dairy-related discipline, and demonstrated leadership, initiative and integrity.Candidates are expected to complete an application form, submit a transcript of all college courses, and write a short statement describing their career aspirations, dairy-related activities and work experiences.

Dairy Farmers of America Scholarships

At Dairy Farmers of America, we believe it is important to invest in the next generation of leaders to ensure a bright future for the dairy industry. That is why we established the DFA Cares Foundation Scholarship Program. The Foundation awards scholarships to three categories of students: Incoming freshmen: High school seniors or recent graduates who have been accepted to college, but have not yet started classes Undergraduate students: Students who are currently participating in an associate’s or bachelor’s degree program, but have not yet graduated Graduate/professional students: Students enrolled in a graduate or professional degree program Scholarships are available to students pursuing a career in the dairy industry or a related field: Dairy herd management/production Large animal veterinary medicine Marketing/economics/finance Processing/manufacturing Communications/journalism Quality assurance Dairy nutrition Dairy foods Education Engineering Policy Genetics Law Others Criteria Must be enrolled in or applying for an accredited degree program during the next scholarship year Applicant’s commitment and passion for a career in the dairy industry, as demonstrated through responses to three essay questions Extracurricular activities, awards, recognition and work experience Academic achievement

Pepsi-Cola Bottling of Eastern Oregon Scholarship

ELIGIBILITY: Pursuing a two- or four-year degree in any area of agriculture excluding agricultural education, hospitality or other non-ag related majors. Resident of Baker, Malhuer, Union or Wallowa counties in Oregon required. Student must have participated in community service and have a minimum 3.5 GPA on a 4.0 scale.AWARD: One scholarship at $1,000, non-renewable.

Wisconsin Cattlewomen’s/Cattlemen’s Council Scholarship

Special Qualifications: • Students must have a background in beef, veal or dairy industry. • Preference will be given to students majoring in agricultureOther Requirements: • Enrolling in any university, technical college, community college in the UW or UW Madison Agricultural Short Course Program. Renewal Criteria: Farming background

NDS / Student Recognition Program

The Senior Student Recognition Program recognizes graduating four year college seniors planning a career related to dairy (production agriculture, manufacturing, marketing, agricultural law, business, communications, veterinary medicine, research and environmental sciences) who have demonstrated leadership skills, academic ability, and interest in dairy cattle. ONLY two applicants per college or university are accepted for this contest in any given year. Two letters of recommendation are required from the department chair or faculty members who are familiar with the applicant’s activities and academic achievements. The total number of awards will be determined by the number and quality of applicants.

NDS / Maurice E. Core Scholarship

One scholarship is available to freshman status college students who are majoring in a dairy/animal industry related field with interest in working in the dairy industry in the future. Scholarship is based on leadership abilities, volunteerism, activities and plans for the future. This scholarship sponsored by the Core Scholarship fund, a fund donated by the Friends of Maurice E. Core, longtime leader in the Jersey breed and National Dairy Shrine.

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