Students from across the state are invited to become a part of the Michigan Dairy Ambassador Program, a scholarship program open to high school and college students interested in careers in the dairy industry.

According to Sara Long, one of the program’s founders and Great Lakes Regional Dairy Conference board member, the ambassador program is designed to help students interested in dairy develop leadership skills while promoting the industry.

“We’ve been concerned about where our future dairy leaders would come from for a long time,” Long explains. “Young people get pulled in so many different directions these days. It’s hard for them to find focus let alone expect them to seek out opportunities specifically designed to strengthen their career options. This gives us a chance to work with them to develop their leadership potential while they explore career options.”

Michigan Dairy Ambassadors represent the industry at various functions throughout the year. The senior division winner, reserved for college students up to age 22, receives a $1,500 scholarship. The junior division winner, limited to high school students in grades 9-12, goes home with $1,000 that can be applied toward higher education or the purchase a dairy animal.

Long is quick to point out that the program welcomes all youth who are interested in careers in the dairy industry, not just those from large farms or purebred operations.

“We want applications from everyone who has a genuine interest in the dairy industry,” she says. “Whether you want to be a producer, a food scientist or a nutrition specialist — human or bovine — we invite you to apply.”

For more information, go to: www.glrdc.msu.edu   Or contact Jeff Fleetwood at (269) 2741-1399 or at: dairyambassadors@gmail.com.

Applications must be submitted electronically and will be accepted until Dec. 31.

Source: Michigan Dairy Ambassador program/  Great LakesRegional Dairy Conference