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Any Michigan high school and college students interested in dairy and/or pursuing a career in the dairy industry have until March 15 to apply for the 2021 Michigan Dairy Ambassador Scholarship and Leadership Program. The program offers dairy communication and leadership training to participants as well as opportunities to promote dairy in their community and throughout the state.

All applicants meeting baseline criteria will be invited to participate in several trainings and activities as part of the program. The program will conclude at the 2022 Great Lakes Regional Dairy Conference (GLRDC). The 2021 Michigan Dairy Ambassadors will be equipped with the messaging and practice to effectively communicate with consumers in-person and online.

Participation throughout the year in trainings, virtual activities and dairy promotion will earn points with the opportunity to advance to the interview round. Applications, resume and participation along with an interview will be considered for scholarship recipient selections. Two scholarships will be awarded to the representatives, one to a junior winner and another to a senior winner.

The senior division is reserved for college students up to age 22, with the winner receiving a $1,500 scholarship. The junior division is limited to high school students in grades nine to 12, and the winner receives $1,000 that can be applied toward higher education or the purchase of a dairy animal within the upcoming year. Applicants are not required to have a dairy farm background, but they must plan to pursue a career related to the dairy industry. The scholarship program is funded through a benefit auction held at the GLRDC.

Students interested in applying for the 2021 Michigan Dairy Ambassador Scholarship and Leadership Program can download an application from Contact Megghan Honke Seidel at or 989-666-3773. Applications must be submitted electronically to and will be accepted until March 15, 2021.