Scholarship recognizes outstanding students with interest in dairy

Outstanding students with an interest in the dairy industry can apply to receive a $1,000 "Student Leader" scholarship, offered by the Center for Dairy Excellence Foundation of Pennsylvania. Applications are being accepted until June 1, 2014, with up to seven scholarships being awarded to qualified students for the 2014-2015 academic year. In 2013, six scholarships were awarded to outstanding students.

"With the Center for Dairy Excellence Foundation of Pennsylvania, we are investing in tomorrow, today," said John Frey, executive director of the Center for Dairy Excellence. "We are pleased to once again offer this scholarship opportunity to support young people who are passionate about tomorrow's dairy industry."

New guidelines and application have 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.

The changes for the 2014 enrollment period include:

  • All applications must be completed using the application form available online at 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 $1,000 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 and Center for Dairy Excellence Foundation 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 Go to the "Student & Educator" section and click on scholarships. You may also send an e-mail requesting an application form to, 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, 2014. Completed applications should be sent to: Jayne Sebright, Center for Dairy Excellence, 2301 North Cameron Street, Harrisburg, PA 17110.

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