Dairy Farmers of America, Inc. has established a scholarship program for college students who are pursuing careers in the dairy industry, and will award $1,500 scholarships during its annual meeting in March 2008 in Kansas City, Mo.
"DFA believes it is important to invest in the future of the dairy industry," says Bob Bown, DFA board member and chairman of the Scholarship Foundation. "These students are our future," the Fayette, Utah dairy producer adds. "Whether they plan to own and operate their own dairy farms, work in our corporate headquarters or one of our processing plants, or any other area of the dairy industry, we are dedicated to investing in their education."
Students pursuing any aspect of the dairy industry are eligible, ranging from dairy herd management to dairy nutrition, genetics or communications. Applicants must also be enrolled in a two- or four-year accredited college, university or trade school. High school seniors planning to enroll, as well as post-graduates, also are eligible to apply.
Applications are due Jan.15 and must include two letters of recommendation and the most recent high school or college transcript. Applications may be submitted online, e-mailed, faxed or mailed.
Winners will be selected based on the following criteria:
* Applicant's commitment and passion to have a career in the dairy
industry, and responses to three essay questions
* Extracurricular activities, awards, recognition and work experience
* Financial need
The winners will be honored by more than 1,000 DFA members, board members and staff, scholarship sponsors and dairy industry leaders during the cooperative's annual meeting in March in Kansas City, Mo.
Dairy industry supporters are invited to join DFA in investing in the future of the dairy industry. Contributions should be made payable to the DFA Scholarship Foundation and mailed to the address below. Sponsors will be recognized at DFA's annual meeting.
Dairy Farmers of America
ATTN: Scholarship Foundation
10220 N. Ambassador Drive
Kansas City, MO 64153
For an application and more details about the scholarship program, visit www.dfamilk.com/DFAScholarship or contact Stephanie Meyers at 816-801-6478.