The Dairy Farmers of America, Inc.’s annual DFA Cares Foundation Scholarship is in its fifth year and dairy-oriented students have until January 13 to apply.

Dairy-oriented students enrolled in a two- or four-year accredited college, university or trade school are eligible to apply for the scholarship. High school seniors and post graduates may also apply.

The DFA program has awarded close to $60,000 in scholarships to students planning a career in dairy, as a producer or in another related field including veterinary medicine and agricultural communications.

“Investing in the future is critical to the long-term success of the dairy industry,” said David Darr, DFA vice president of sustainability and public affairs, and a member of the DFA Cares board. “The DFA Cares Scholarship Program encourages and rewards students committed to the future of our industry for the hard work they put in throughout the year.”

Award recipients will be selected based on their commitment and passion to a career in the dairy industry, essay responses, extracurricular activity involvement, academic achievements, prior work experience and financial need. All applicants must include two letters of recommendation and their most recent high school or college transcript.

Winners will be announced at DFA’s 14th Annual Meeting in March. More information about the DFA Cares Scholarship is available at