The Pennsylvania Dairy Stakeholders has developed a new scholarship program to encourage outstanding students to study agriculture as a career path.

Beginning with the 2007-2008 academic year, the group will offer $5,000 in scholarships on a yearly basis to directly support Student Leader Scholarships.  Each scholarship may have a value of up to $1,000.

The purpose of these scholarships is to provide recognition, encouragement, and financial assistance to outstanding students enrolled in academic programs that support the dairy industry.

In making the announcement, Allyn Lamb, PA Dairy Stakeholders president, said, "The Stakeholders recognize the importance of encouraging young people to study agriculture as a career path. To demonstrate our commitment to youth and the future of agriculture and the dairy industry, we are choosing to offer these educational scholarships to support undergraduate studies."

Consideration for this scholarship shall be given to full-time undergraduate students planning to enroll or currently enrolled in a qualifying field of study which includes: Dairy and Animal Science, Ag Marketing and Business, Nutrition, Food Science, Ag and Extension Education, Ag Business Management, Ag Engineering, or related fields.Students may apply for and receive the scholarship in subsequent years.

Selection of the scholarship winners will be based on the completed application within the following weighted criteria: academic performance (30%); apparent commitment to a career related to the dairy industry (30%); evidence of leadership, character, and integrity (25%); and application compliance (15%).  Application must be made using the Pennsylvania Dairy Stakeholders Student Leader Scholarship Application form at www.padairystake.org.

Applications for the 2007 – 2008 academic year must be received by June 1, 2007.  Completed applications should be sent to: Pennsylvania Dairy Stakeholders, ℅ N. Alan Bair, 777 West Harrisburg Pike, Middletown, PA17512

Scholarship application forms are available at www.padairystake.org or by sending an e-mail request to info@padairystake.org or by calling (717) 948-6328.

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