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Scholarships Available for Students Seeking Careers in Dairy

Steve Peters

Some great info from this month's Farm to Plate Newsletter:

By: Julie Smith, DVM, PhD, UVM Ext. dairy specialist and UVM Dept. of Animal Science associate professor

The Vermont Dairy Industry Association (VDIA) announces the availability of the 2014-2015 Memorial Scholarship. Applicants must be Vermont residents and enrolled in any year at an accredited college or university and are seeking a degree in dairy business, dairy science, or a related field. Past recipients may re-apply each year they remain eligible.

Selection is based on academic achievement, letters of recommendation, and an essay portraying commitment to a career path related to the dairy industry. One to six scholarships will be awarded at levels ranging from $500 to $1000.

March 7, 2014 is the Final Postmark Deadline for ALL VSAC-Assisted Scholarships. Only completed applications including all properly labeled required documents postmarked on or before March 7 will be reviewed.

The Vermont Student Assistance Corporation (VSAC) administers the application process for the VDIA Memorial Scholarship.  For more information, please contact VDIA scholarship chair Bebe Zabilansky at or contact VSAC at 888-253-4819 or visit

The Vermont Dairy Industry Association works for the mutual benefit of its members, dairy farm families, and the dairy industry; and encourages and promotes close cooperation with educational institutions and other agencies concerned with the dairy industry.  For more information about the VDIA, its events, or the VDIA Memorial Scholarship please
Also of interest to the dairy community are the Annual Dairy Producers Conference on February 25th at the Sheraton in Burlington and the Vermont Organic Dairy Producers Conference on March 5th at Vermont Technical College in Randolph.