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

Nebraska farm kids eligible for scholarship contest

Nebraska farm kids can win a college savings plan scholarship of up to $2,500 by entering the fourth annual “NEST on the Farm” scholarship contest.

NEST stands for Nebraska Educational Savings Trust, which administers Nebraska’s 529 College Savings Plans.

The scholarship contest is open to children and teens ages seven to 13 who live on Nebraska farms or ranches or whose parents work on a Nebraska farm or ranch. To enter, they must submit an essay describing how being in a farming or ranching family influences his or her higher education goals.

“We are always so impressed with the thoughtfulness and depth of these essays that are submitted. It always comes through, the importance of farm life and educational goals for the future,” says Christina Kahler, marketing director for NEST, “It’s easy to tell that the young people that enter this contest work very hard at home and in school, and they really value their families and their agricultural roots.”

AUDIO: Christina Kahler (3:19 MP3)

Leigh Jahnke

Leigh Jahnke

Leigh Jahnke of Bancroft received one of the $2,500 scholarships in 2013. She says it was well worth the time it took to write an essay and she encourages others to submit an entry.

“Definitely they need to do it. It’s a great experience—it’s awesome,” Jahnke says. “It will help you later in your life. Once you go to college it will help and it just helps you figure out about yourself—and the farm.”

AUDIO: Leigh Jahnke (3:40 MP3)

A total of $10,500 in scholarships will be awarded to contest winners and runners-up. Winners will be recognized at this year’s Nebraska State Fair.

The contest entry deadline is July 7, 2014.  For more information, go to

OSCF scholarship recipients announced

The Ohio Soybean Council Foundation (OSCF) has named scholarship recipients for the 2014-2015 academic year.

The $3,000 undergraduate scholarship recipients include Jordan Bonham of Washington Court House, Sarah Peterson of Sabina, Stacie Seger of Ft. Loramie, Summer McCracken of Anna, Kelly Fager of Wauseon and Emily Limes of Bowling Green.

Meghan Bennett of Houston, Ohio has been awarded the $3,000 Farmer, Lumpe + McClelland (FLM) scholarship.

Hillary Hall of Marysville is the recipient of the annual $5,000 Bhima Vijayendran Scholarship, named in honor of a Battelle research scientist who has made tremendous contributions to the soybean industry and two $5,000 graduate scholarships were awarded to Grace Buck of Clarksburg and Brinda Mehta of Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio.

“Every year we look forward to seeing what the students will accomplish as they pursue careers in the field of agriculture and continue to make advancements in the soybean industry,” said Amy Sigg Davis, Ohio Soybean Council board member and soybean farmer from Warren County who also serves on the scholarship selection committee.

This is the seventh year for the OSCF Scholarship Program.

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

National Dairy Shrine scholarship applications due next month

The deadline to apply for National Dairy Shrine scholarships is April 15, 2014.

Scholarships include:

  • Two Kildee Graduate Scholarships at $3,000
  • One Kildee Undergraduate Scholarship at $1,500
  • Student Recognition Program (1st receives $2,000; 2nd $1,500; 3rd-7th $1,000)
  • Junior Merit Scholarship (1st receives $1,500; 2nd-4th $1,000)
  • Sophomore Merit Scholarship (1st receives $1,500; 2nd-4th $1,000)
  • Milk Marketing & Dairy Products Scholarship (1st receives $1,500; 2nd-5th $1,000)
  • Education & Communication Scholarship (1st receives $1,500; 2nd-5th $1,000)
  • Two NDS/IAGER scholarships at $1,000
  • Two Maurice E. Core Scholarships at $1,000
  • McCullough scholarships (1st gets $2,500; 2nd $1,500)
  • Seven Klussendorf/McKown Scholarships at $1,500

For complete details and applications, visit


Applications available for Sheep Heritage Foundation Memorial Scholarship

asi logoGraduate students studying sheep and areas related to sheep are eligible to apply for a $1,500 scholarship through the American Sheep Industry’s Sheep Heritage Foundation.

Scholarship is available to students in the U.S. Students must:

  • be a graduate student involved in sheep and/or wool research in such areas as animal science, agriculture economics or veterinary medicine with proof of U.S. graduate school acceptance,
  • complete an application, and
  • present two letters of reference.

Applications are due June 1, 2014.

The application form can be downloaded at or obtained by contacting ASI, Attn: Memorial Scholarship, 9785 Maroon Circle, Suite 360, Englewood, CO 80112, 303-771-3500 or email

Murray Wise offers ag scholarships

Murray Wise AssociatesSeveral scholarship are available through the Murray Wise Associates Foundation.

Awards are for a minimum of $1,000 and may be renewed yearly for up to four years, provided certain criteria are met. Recipients are selected based on academic credentials, including class rank, grade point average and test scores.

College students and high school seniors who have been accepted into an accredited college, university or community college for agriculture studies can apply.

All initial applications will be taken online through a secure process that includes both a questionnaire and an ability to upload transcripts, letters of reference and other documents in support of an application.

Deadline to apply is March 31, 2014.

For more details, visit

Ohio Pork Council offers scholarships

The Ohio Pork Council will offer  up to $9,000 in scholarships, ranging from $500 to $1000 each.

Applicants may be a freshman, sophomore, junior or senior in college actively involved in the pork industry. This includes children of swine managers, employees and contract growers.

The Ohio Pork Council Women will also offer $500 scholarships to college students in their junior year or higher.

The Ohio Pork Producers Council is also proud to sponsor scholarships for incoming freshmen attending Ohio State ATI. Students entering ATI and pursing a degree in swine production should indicate so on their admission form, scholarships will then be issued accordingly. Additionally, the Northeast Ohio Pork Producers Council also provides sponsorship for scholarships to any student involved in livestock production.

To obtain a scholarship application for both of these scholarships, please visit:

Applications for OPPC & OPCW scholarships are due April 18, 2014

Midwest Dairy internship, scholarships applications due next month

Students have just a few more weeks to show their interest in an internship with Midwest Dairy Association.

Midwest Dairy Association scholarships and internshipsSeveral scholarship deadlines are also fast-approaching.


Two Midwest Dairy Association divisions are still accepting applications for internships. Applications for both are due March 1, 2014.


The summer internship is located in or near Springfield, Illinois and requires extensive travel. Eligible participants must be at least 18 years of age and be a student in Illinois or from a permanent residence within Midwest Dairy Association territory. Preference will be given to those possessing strong communication and organizational skills. The candidates need not be from a dairy farm, but those with knowledge of the dairy industry are preferred.

Get full details on the Illinois internship here.


The Iowa summer internship is awarded to a college student interested in communications, public relations, marketing, food science or agribusiness. Interns must be able to relocate near Ankeny and be able help Midwest Dairy at the Iowa State Fair. The intern must be a student or a permanent resident in Midwest Dairy’s 10-state area, which includes Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Iowa, Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Arkansas and eastern Oklahoma.

Find full details on the Iowa internship here.


Several scholarships are available through Midwest Dairy Association divisions. Click the links below for details on scholarships in your area. North Dakota Division scholarship deadline has passed.

Illinois Division scholarship application due March 1

Iowa Division scholarship application due March 1

Minnesota Division scholarship information

Mo-Kan Division scholarship applications due March 31

Nebraska Division scholarship applications due May 15

Ozarks Division scholarship applications due March 31

Dairy Management, Inc., scholarship applications due April 15.

Get information about the South Dakota Division scholarship here.


AICJA scholarship applications due in April

Junior members of the American International Charolais Association can apply for scholarships.

The scholarship amount is determined by a committee, and is paid out one half for the fall semester and the other half for the spring semester.

Criteria to receive a scholarship includes:

  • scholastic excellence in high school or college
  • demonstrated AIJCA or associated affiliate leadership
  • interest in the cattle industry
  • youth Leadership activities

Applications are due on April 30 each year and are available by calling the AICA office at (816) 464-5977 .

You can read more about the AIJCA scholarships here.