Pennsylvania Dairymen’s Association chips in
HARRISBURG, Pa. -- The Pennsylvania Dairymen’s Association has joined the Center for Dairy Excellence Foundation of Pennsylvania to offer seven $3000 Student Leader Scholarships in 2014. The amount of the scholarship has been increased to $3000, thanks to the support of the Pennsylvania Dairymen’s Association.
Outstanding students with an interest in the dairy industry can apply to receive the $3000 “Student Leader” scholarships. To qualify, students must be pursuing a dairy related career and must be an undergraduate enrolled in a qualifying field of study. Five of the scholarships awarded through the Student Leader Program will be designated at Pennsylvania Dairymen’s Association Scholarships, while the remaining two will be designated as Center Foundation Scholarships.
“We are so excited to have Pennsylvania Dairymen’s Association joining us to increase the level of support we can provide to these undergraduates pursuing dairy careers,” said John Frey, executive director of the Center for Dairy Excellence. “These young people are the future of our industry, and we are pleased to be able to offer this scholarship opportunity to those who are passionate about that future.”
“When you look at the young people looking toward a career in dairy, it is obvious our industry has a very bright future here in Pennsylvania,” said David Smith, executive director of the Pennsylvania Dairymen’s Association. “We are pleased to join the Center Foundation in supporting the education of these young people.”
New guidelines and a new application have also been released for the “Student Leader” Scholarship Program, which is intended to provide recognition, encouragement and financial assistance to outstanding students enrolled in academic programs that support the dairy industry. The guidelines are intended to maintain consistency in the application process and objectivity in the review process.
In addition to the increase in the monetary award to $3000, changes to the application process and guidelines include:
• All applications must be completed using the application form available online at http://centerfordairyexcellence.org/student-leader-scholarships/. Applications must be typed, and all question responses must strictly follow word count limitations.
• One of the scholarships will be designated for an incoming freshman, with the remaining scholarships (up to six) awarded to upperclassmen. Only full-time undergraduate students can apply for the scholarship.
• Students may apply for and receive the scholarship in subsequent years, but a student can only receive the Student Leader Scholarship two times during their undergraduate academic career. Students employed by the Center for Dairy Excellence as an intern or in another capacity are not eligible to apply for the scholarship during the period in which they are working for the center.
Consideration for this scholarship will be given to Pennsylvania residents who are full-time undergraduate students planning to enroll or are currently enrolled in a qualifying field of study such as dairy and animal science; agriculture marketing and business; nutrition; food science; agricultural and extension education; agri-business management; agricultural engineering; or related fields.
Selection of the scholarship winners will be made by a joint committee of the Center for Dairy Excellence, Center for Dairy Excellence Foundation and Pennsylvania Dairymen’s Association board of directors. Decisions will be based on the completed application within the following criteria: academic performance; apparent commitment to a career related to the dairy industry; evidence of leadership, character and integrity; and application compliance.
Scholarship shall be awarded for one academic year. The scholarship will be paid to the student upon certification of enrollment by the appropriate academic institution officer.
Scholarship application forms are available at www.centerfordairyexcellence.org. Go to the “Student & Educator” section and click on scholarships. You may also send an e-mail requesting an application form to firstname.lastname@example.org, or call Jayne Sebright at 717-346-0849.
Applications for the 2014-2015 academic year must be received by the Center for Dairy Excellence by June 1. Completed applications should be sent to: Jayne Sebright, Center for Dairy Excellence, 2301 North Cameron Street, Harrisburg, PA 17110.