Apply online for National DHIA scholarship

College students associated with the National Dairy Herd Information Association may be eligible for one of several $750 scholarships available this year.

Full-time incoming and continuing students at technical and two-year and four-year colleges/universities are eligible to apply.

Scholarships are awarded on academic achievement, leadership, community activities and work experience. Knowledge of DHIA and response to application questions are also considered.

Applicants must be a family member or employee of a herd on DHI test, a family member of a DHI employee, or an employee of a DHI affiliate. The DHI affiliate for the herd or affiliate employee must be a member of National DHIA. (Arizona DHIA, Dairy Lab Services, Dairy One Cooperative Inc., DHI Cooperative Inc., Idaho DHIA, Indiana State Dairy Association, Lancaster DHIA, Minnesota DHIA, NorthStar Cooperative DHI Services, Puerto Rico DHIA, Rocky Mountain DHIA, Tennessee DHIA, Texas DHIA, United Federation of DHIAs, Vermont DHIA and Washington State DHIA are National DHIA members.)

Applications are due Oct. 15, 2014. To apply, download and complete the application at

Need more details? Contact:

  • Holly Thompson, National DHIA scholarship committee chair, at, or 507-534-4347
  • JoDee Sattler, National DHIA communications and events manager, 608-848-6455, ext. 112, or

Ohio State Fair Scholarships due June 15

The Ohio State Fair is offering more than $20,000 in scholarships this year to students for their accomplishments as junior fair exhibitors.

High school juniors and seniors during the current academic year, as well as recent high school graduates continuing their undergraduate education are eligible to apply on or before June 15, 2014. Applications for the 2014 scholarships are currently available online at

Applicants will be judged on scholastic standing, citizenship and leadership, Ohio State Fair participation, county fair participation and financial need. Scholarships will be presented during the Sale of Champions at the Ohio State Fair held on Sunday, Aug. 3, 2014. Funds are provided by the Youth Reserve Program.

Established in 1995, the Youth Reserve Program’s was developed to reward junior exhibitors who participate in the Ohio State Fair. Funds for the program come from the dollars received over a cap that is placed on the amount an exhibitor can receive from the Sale of Champions. The funds from the program are distributed among carcass contests, scholarships, outstanding market exhibitor program, outstanding breeding exhibitor program, showmanship, skillathons, 4-H and FFA. The Youth Reserve Program has awarded $2,556,875 to approximately 32,000 youth exhibitors since its inception.

Ohio Cattlemen’s Association Best of the Buckeye Scholarships due June 15

Pursing a degree in agriculture or a related field? Then check out the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association Best of the Buckeye program.

Academic scholarships in the amount of $1,000 are available to high school juniors and seniors pursuing a post-high school degree.

Eligible nominations for Best of the Buckeye are registered cattle that were calved in Ohio. ET calves and calves out of purchased bred heifers or cows are eligible if they were purchased from an in-state breeder and calved in Ohio. Breeders and exhibitors must be OCA members and in good standing with OCA to be eligible. Exhibitors must an Ohio resident and meet the age requirements for the Ohio Beef Expo and Ohio State Fair junior shows.

Applications are due June 15, 2014.

Applications are available online at or by contacting the Ohio Cattlemen’s Association at

National Jersey Youth Scholarships due July 1

The deadline approaches to submit applications for seven scholarships provided through the American Jersey Cattle Association.

Applications are due July 1, 2014. Scholarship details are below.

Russell-Malnati Scholarship for Advanced Studies

One scholarship will be awarded to an undergraduate student who has completed at least one-half of coursework credit hours required for a degree in dairy science, animal science (dairy emphasis), large animal veterinary practice, dairy production or manufacturing, or dairy product marketing and graduate students.

General scholarships

Two scholarships of $1,750 each will be presented. The William A. Russell Memorial Scholarship is available to students who will begin a program of study at an accredited college or university in the fall of 2014.

Students who have completed at least one year of study toward their degree are eligible for the V. L. Peterson Scholarship.

General scholarships

In addition, three scholarships will be awarded in the amount of $1,500.

The Paul Jackson Memorial Scholarship is for continuing college students in any degree program area.

The Cedarcrest Scholarship will be awarded to an undergraduate or graduate student seeking a degree in large animal veterinary practice, dairy production, dairy manufacturing, or dairy product marketing.

The Bob Toole Jersey Youth Award can be used for educational expenses or a well-defined practical experience related to breeding, developing and showing Registered Jerseys.

The Reuben R. Cowles Jersey Youth Award will be presented to a resident of Georgia, Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia. Applicants must be at least high school graduates, but not older than 36 years of age as of January 1, 2014.

More information about these scholarships is available on the USJersey website at

AAPB Foundation – Zoetis Veterinary Medicine scholarship due June 15

Exactly one month remains for veterinary medicine students to apply for an AAPB Foundation – Zoetis Scholarship.

Eligible students can visit for additional details and to access the online application. Applicants must be students graduating with a veterinary degree in 2015 and enrolled in colleges of veterinary medicine in the United States.

Applications are due by June 15, 2014. Membership in collegiate chapters of AABP or food animal club is strongly encouraged. Scholarship recipients will be notified prior to the 2014 AABP Annual Conference, which is Sept. 18-20, 2014, in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Since 2009, the AABP Foundation – Zoetis Veterinary Student Scholarship Fund has awarded a total of $460,000 to deserving bovine veterinary students. In 2013, 15 students each received $5,000 scholarships through the fund.

The scholarship program is provided by the AABP Foundation with the assistance of the Amstutz Scholarship Committee.

Beef scholarship applications due May 9

There are just a few days left to apply for one of two $12,000 scholarships through the National Cattlemen’s Foundation.

Applications are due May 9, 2014, for the W.D. Farr Scholarship program. Awards are open to students pursuing graduate degrees in animal science, environmental science or agriculture. 

The National Cattlemen’s Foundation continues to honor the successful career of the late W.D. Farr of Greeley, Colo., a third-generation Coloradoan, pioneer rancher, statesman and banker known for his extraordinary vision. Farr was president of the National Cattlemen’s Association – a predecessor organization of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association – in 1970.

Full criteria can be found online at or by calling 303-694-0305.

Scholarship winners will be introduced at the 2014 Cattle Industry Summer Conference in Denver later this year.

Pork scholarship deadline fast approaching

PorkBeInspiredLogo_450The Ohio Pork Council has up to $9,000 in scholarships available this year.

Scholarships range from $500 to $1000 per individual.

Deadline to apply is April 18, 2014.

College students who are actively involved in the pork industry – or whose parents are involved – are encouraged to to apply. Children of pork industry employees, managers and contract growers are eligible. 

The Ohio Pork Council Women also offers $500 scholarships to college juniors or seniors.

For complete details, or to fill out an application, visit:

May deadline for Illinois Corn internships

Illinois Corn is looking for social media and video interns this fall.

Deadline to apply is May 15, 2014.

Social Media Internship

Students will engage audiences on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, YouTube and blogs to help non-farmers understand farming methods. The independent internship can be completed from any Illinois college campus, though students are required to travel to Bloomington twice.

Video Production Internship

Student videographers can script, shoot, edit and produce videos that teach farming methods to non-farmers. This intern is based in the Bloomington, Ill., office.

For complete details about both internships, or to apply, visit

Scholarships and internships for April and May 2014

Below are links to posts about scholarships available to ag students.


April 1

UPI member scholarships due

$1k scholarships available through AgStar

April 15

American Agri-Women Fly-In scholarships due

Syngenta scholarship essays due

National Dairy Shrine scholarship applications due scholarship applications due

April 18

Ohio Pork Council scholarship applications due

April 30

AICJA scholarship applications due


May 1

Some Angus scholarships due

May 15

Illinois Corn internship applications due

Daughters of American Agriculture Scholarships available

Scholarships that honor pioneer women are available to farmers who need help paying for college.

The Jean Ibendahl Scholarship is available to eligible applicants ages 18-23. The Sister Thomas More Bertels fund is available to those 24 years and older. Both scholarships are $1,000 and availble through American Agri-Women.

To qualify:

  • Must be a farmer, rancher or be the wife, daughter or other close relative of a farmer, rancher or other person employed in agriculture.
  • There must be an economic or financial need.
  • Knowledge of or work experience in agriculture.
  • Grade Point Average or placement on tests are considered. Scholarship funds may be used for tuition for recognized courses in ag leadership, technology, communications, education, rural sociology, medicine or other courses directly related to agriculture and the needs in agricultural communities.

Applications are due June 1, 2014.

More details and applications are available at