Michigan high school and college students who are interested in pursuing a career in the dairy industry have until Dec. 20 to apply for the 2010 Michigan Dairy Ambassador Scholarship and Leadership Program.

The annual program, now in its fifth year, awards two scholarships — one to a junior winner and a second to a senior winner.

The senior division is reserved for college students up to age 22, and the winner receives a $1,500 scholarship.

The junior division winner, limited to high school students in grades nine to 12, goes home with $1,000 that can be applied toward higher education or purchasing a dairy animal within the upcoming year.

The scholarship is funded from monies raised during auctions held annually during the Great Lakes Regional Dairy Conference.

It’s not mandatory that applicants come from or have experience working on a dairy farm, but they must plan to pursue a career related to the dairy industry. In exchange for the scholarship, the ambassadors represent Michigan’s dairy industry at a variety of educational, industrial and promotional events across the state in the next year.

Download an application or contact Megghan Honke at (517) 353-3175, ext. 229. Applications must be submitted electronically to honkemeg@anr.msu.edu and will be accepted until Dec.20.

Source: Michigan State University