Students from dairy farm families in Nebraska who contribute to Midwest Dairy Association through the dairy checkoff are eligible to apply for scholarships offered by the organization.
The Nebraska Division of Midwest Dairy Association will award a total of $5,000, including one $1,500 award and one $1,000 award for students studying in the dairy field, and five $500 awards for students from dairy farm families with any college major or degree, says Rod Johnson, industry relations manager for the Nebraska Division of the Midwest Dairy Association.
A producer, producer's spouse, children or grandchildren are eligible for the awards.
The producer must have an active dairy operation as of Jan. 1, 2012, and must reside in the Nebraska Division territory, according to Johnson. Each applicant must be considered a full-time student in the fall of 2012 in a post-secondary program of any length at an accredited college or university.
Awards are limited to one per family per year, but any former applicant, or former $500 or $1,000 winner can reapply for subsequent years. A $1,500 winner is not eligible to reapply.
Deadline to apply is May 15. Winners will be announced June 13.
Information and applications, which include an essay, are available at www.midwestdairycheckoff.com. You can also call Rod Johnson at 402-853-2028 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org. The application deadline is May 15. Winners will be announced June 13.
Midwest Dairy Association is a non-profit organization funded by dairy producers to build sales and demand for dairy products through integrated marketing, nutrition education and research. Midwest Dairy is funded by checkoff dollars from dairy producers in a 10-state region, including Nebraska, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa, Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Arkansas and eastern Oklahoma.
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