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The dairy checkoff has awarded 12 academic scholarships to students enrolled in programs that emphasize dairy and who have shown potential to become future dairy leaders.

The National Dairy Promotion and Research Board (NDB), through Dairy Management Inc., which manages the national dairy checkoff, annually awards $2,500 scholarships to each student. In addition, the NDB awards a $3,500 James H. Loper Jr. Memorial Scholarship to one outstanding scholarship recipient.

Eligible majors include journalism, communications/public relations, marketing, business, economics, nutrition, food science or agriculture education. Scholarship criteria include academic achievement, a career interest in a dairy-related discipline, along with demonstrated leadership, initiative and integrity.

Nora Faris, who attends the University of Missouri, earned the 2017-18 James H. Loper Jr. Memorial Scholarship.

Students earning $2,500 scholarships are:

Alexandra Gambonini, California Polytechnic State University; Kirby Krogstad, South Dakota State University; Riley Lewis, Purdue University; Jason Perkins, Purdue University; Andrew Pryor, Middle Tennessee State University; Tony Rice, Pennsylvania State University; Audrey Schmitz, Kansas State University; Meghan Skiba, University of Wisconsin-Madison; Gabriella Sorg, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities; Audrey Souza, South Dakota State University; Jacob Weg, South Dakota State University.

About Dairy Management

Dairy Management Inc.™ (DMI) is funded by America’s nearly 42,000 dairy farmers, as well as dairy importers. Created to help increase sales and demand for dairy products, DMI and its related organizations work to increase demand for dairy through research, education and innovation, and to maintain confidence in dairy foods, farms and businesses. DMI manages National Dairy Council and the American Dairy Association, and founded the U.S. Dairy Export Council, and the Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy.