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Apply by January 17
Young adults may attend Summit on a scholarship

Harrisburg, Pa. -- January 17 is the deadline for students and young adults to apply to receive scholarships to attend the Pennsylvania Dairy Summit. The scholarship provides these young people between the ages of 17-25 with financial assistance to attend the 2014 Pennsylvania Dairy Summit on Feb. 12-13 at the Penn Stater Conference Center in State College, Pa.

A special pre-conference reception for these scholarship participants and other young entrepreneurs will be held at the Pennsylvania Dairy Summit the evening of February 11. The full Summit begins at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, February 12, and runs through 3 p.m. on Thursday, February 13. Pre-conference early-bird sessions will be held from 8-9 a.m. on Wednesday.

A “Young Entrepreneur’s Track” will look at dairy technology and innovation to prepare the next generation of dairy owners and managers to lead Pennsylvania’s dairy industry into the future.

“Attending the summit is an excellent way for our industry’s young people to gain insight into the opportunities that exist in today’s dairy industry,” says Emily Yeiser, dairy initiatives manager of the Center for Dairy Excellence. “It’s also a great opportunity to meet other dairy producers and industry professionals passionate about the future of Pennsylvania’s dairy industry.”

Young adults qualifying for the scholarship will only need to pay $25 to register for the summit. Applicants must operate or be employed on a dairy farm, or be enrolled in an agricultural degree program at a college or trade school.

Scholarships are also available to offset hotel costs on a first-come, first-serve basis only. A limited number of hotel scholarships are available for Dairy Leader Scholarship winners. Each hotel scholarship has a maximum value of $115 per night, and may be used only on February 11 and/or 12, 2014.

Again, the scholarship application deadline is January 17. Applications must be sent to Melissa Anderson, Center for Dairy Excellence, 2301 North Cameron Street, Harrisburg, Pa. 17110. Applications may be faxed to the Center at 717-705-2342 or e-mailed to manderson@centerfordairyexcellence.org.

Successful scholarship applicants will be notified by January 31. The scholarships are being made available by the Pennsylvania Dairymen’s Association and the Center for Dairy Excellence.