Tomorrow's dairy leaders are here today, in classrooms, dairy youth organizations, at dairy competitions and on dairy farms across the country. National Dairy Shrine's task is to encourage, stimulate and inspire them. Since its inception, National Dairy Shrine has recognized the importance of laying a foundation for the future, and has constantly expanded its youth programs to capture and challenge the interest of outstanding dairy youth. Dairy students, our future leaders, are eligible to apply for National Dairy Shrine college scholarships and recognition awards with grants totaling over $40,000 every year.
All National Dairy Shrine scholarships and student awards are only for U.S. students attending schools, colleges or universities in the United States and majoring in dairy or other agricultural related fields.
NATIONAL DAIRY SHRINE SCHOLARSHIPS AND AWARDS AVAILABLE
A) Kildee Graduate School Scholarships (Up to 2 at $3,000)
The top 25 All-American contestants in the past three National Intercollegiate Dairy Judging Contests plus the Platinum winners in the past three National Dairy Challenge Contests are eligible to apply for up to two $3,000 scholarships for post graduate study in a dairy related field. Students may apply for the scholarship in their junior or senior year of college. The awards are base on rank in the national contests, academic standing, leadership ability, student activities, future plans and interest in the dairy industry.
B) Kildee Undergraduate Scholarship (1 at $1,000)
The top 25 participants in a National 4-H or FFA Dairy Judging Contests qualify for one $1,500 scholarship for undergraduate study. ONLY COLLEGE students who have received junior or senior status can apply.
C) NDS Student Recognition Award for Seniors (1st - $2,000; 2nd - $1,500; 3rd through 5th - $1,000)
The purpose of this award is to recognize and reward graduating university or four year college seniors who are planning a career related to the dairy industry or production agriculture and who have demonstrated leadership skills, activities, academic ability and interest in the dairy industry. Each university can nominate up to two students for this award.
D) NDS Merton Sowerby Junior Merit Scholarship (1st - $1,500; 2nd through 4th - $1,000)
These scholarships are available to current junior students at a four year college who are planning a career in the dairy industry. Major areas of study include: Dairy Science, Agricultural Economics or Accounting, Dairy Genetics, Dairy Equipment, Dairy Nutrition, Dairy Feed or Pharmaceutical sales, Dairy Consultant, Dairy Extension, Dairy researcher or Professor. Scholarships are based on leadership, activities, academic ability and interest in the dairy industry. This scholarship is named in honor of Merton Sowerby, a long time Guernsey classifier, well known herdsman and National Dairy Shrine Pioneer and member of the National Dairy Hall of Fame.
E) NDS Mike Lancaster Sophomore Merit Scholarship (1st - $1,500; 2nd through 4th - $1,000)
These scholarships are provided to encourage undergraduate sophomore students to pursue careers in the dairy industry. Major areas can include: Dairy Science, Agricultural Economics or Accounting, Dairy Genetics, Dairy Equipment, Dairy Nutrition, Dairy Feed or Pharmaceutical Marketing or Sales, Dairy Consultant, Dairy Extension or Dairy Researcher or Professor. Scholarships are based on leadership, activities, academic ability and interests in the dairy industry. This scholarship is named in honor of Distinguished Dairy Cattle Breeder and Klussendorf recipient Mike Lancaster.
F) NDS / DMI Milk Marketing & Dairy Products Scholarship (1st - $1,500; 2nd through 5th - $1,000)
These scholarships are provided to encourage undergraduate sophomores and junior students to pursue careers in marketing of milk or dairy products. Major areas can include: Dairy or Agricultural Marketing, Dairy Product Development, Dairy Quality Control or Testing, Dairy Foods or Nutrition, and Food Product Science. Scholarships are based on leadership, experience, academic ability and interests in Milk Marketing or Dairy Products. Co-sponsored with Dairy Management Inc.
G) NDS / DMI Education & Communication Scholarship (1st - $1,500; 2nd through 5th - $1,000)
These scholarships are provided to encourage undergraduate sophomores and junior students to pursue education or communication careers in dairy or food related industries. Major areas can include: Education, Social Media & Communications, Public Relations, Marketing, Food Science, Nutrition (Human), and Journalism. Scholarships are based on leadership, experience, academic ability and interests in education or communications. Co-sponsored with Dairy Management Inc.
H) NDS Iager Scholarship(s) for Two Year Colleges (up to 2 at $1,000)
Iager scholarships are available to second year college students in a two-year agricultural college majoring in Dairy or Animal Science. Scholarships will be based on academic standing, leadership ability, interest in the dairy industry and future plans. This scholarship(s) is sponsored from a fund donated by Mr. and Mrs. Charles lager, well known Maryland Holstein breeders.
I) NDS Maurice E. Core Freshman Scholarships (2 at $1,000)
This scholarship is available to current freshman students at a four year college who are majoring in a dairy/animal industry related field with interest in working in the dairy industry in the future. Scholarship is based on leadership abilities, volunteerism, activities and plans for the future. This scholarship sponsored by the Maurice E. Core Scholarship fund, a fund created by donations from the Friends of Maurice E. Core, longtime leader in the Jersey breed and National Dairy Shrine.
J) NDS McCullough Communications Scholarship (1st-$2,000 & 2nd-$1,500)
Applicant must be a high school senior planning to enter a four-year-college or university with intent to major in Dairy/Animal Science with a Communications emphasis or Agricultural Journalism with a Dairy/Animal Science emphasis. Student must be planning on a career in dairy journalism or communications. Scholarship is based on communication abilities and future plans. This scholarship is sponsored from a bequest fund sponsored by Marshall E. McCullough, well-known Georgia nutrition researcher, educator and journalist. Co-sponsored with Dairy Management Inc.
K) Klussendorf / McKown Scholarships (7 at $1,500)
Seven scholarships will be awarded, three from the Klussendorf's Chris Kampf fund and four from the McKown Fund. Students who are eligible include those that are successfully completing their first, second or third years at a 2-year or 4-year college or university in the United States or Canada majoring in dairy science, animal science, agri-business, or other related majors that will develop the skills needed to pursue a career in the dairy industry. Scholarships are based on activities, experience, interest in showing dairy cattle and future plans. These awards are made possible by donations from Chris Kampf, the McKown family and from Klussendorf members and friends.