National Dairy Shrine (NDS) is pleased to announce a new award designed to provide assistance to recent college graduates who wish to pursue a career in dairy farming. The winner of the Graduate Dairy Production Award will receive $2,500 thanks to a generous donation by Elanco Animal Health to help start or grow their dairy herd. This cash award is in addition to the $30,000 in scholarships already awarded by NDS each year.
The NDS Graduate Dairy Production Award is designed to recognize, encourage and assist qualified four-year agricultural college graduates who wish to pursue a career in commercial dairying and to gain ownership of dairy cattle with the intent of growing their dairy herd. Potential candidates for the award may apply two to four years following college graduation.
Qualified applicants need to have spent at least one summer during college doing an agricultural-related internship outside of the family member's business. Preference will be given to applicants who demonstrate interest in dairying through college course work, internships and exchanges, work experiences, attending industry conferences, and are demonstrating an ability to invest money in productive agricultural business assets. Applicants must be employed in a herd management role on a commercial dairy at the time of submitting the application.
Nominations or applications must be submitted on official forms. If you know someone who should be nominated for this award, please request applications now from Dave Selner, Executive Director, P.O. Box 1, Maribel, WI 54227; phone at (920) 863-6333; email: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the NDS website at www.dairyshrine.org to download it.