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2020 Scholarships Available

Are you a college student looking to pursue a career in the dairy industry? We want to help.

Each year, Maryland & Virginia awards a series of five $1,000 scholarships, and thanks to generous contributions from members, staff, industry partners and supporters, the cooperative is able to offer additional scholarships to deserving students.

Scholarships are available to students pursuing careers in the dairy industry who are currently enrolled in a two or four-year accredited college, and must be one of the following:

  • The child of a Maryland & Virginia member
  • An employee of a Maryland & Virginia member
  • The child of a Maryland & Virginia employee

Winners are chosen based on their commitment to the dairy industry, leadership ability, initiative, character, integrity, and participation in extracurricular activities.

Scholarship Details
Applications must be received by or sent electronically by February 21, 2020 and include the following:

  • One letter of recommendation from a teacher, student advisor, professor or supervisor
  • Most recent high school or college transcript
  • Short video with answers to Dairy Industry Questions (on the application)
  • A recent headshot file to use for publications

Click here to download the Scholarship Application Form.

For more information about the cooperative’s scholarship program, please contact Daniela Roland at 814-386-8000 or

Where Are They Now

From business managers to large animal veterinarians, our scholarship program has helped to fuel a variety of successful, dairy-driven careers. Since the program’s inception, Maryland & Virginia has been proud to invest more than $80,000 in scholarships to benefit more than 75 future dairy leaders in the last decade.
Scholarship recipient Katelin Benkoski works as a Credit Analyst with AgSouth Farm Credit and in her free time, enjoys helping on her family’s dairy farm in Madison, Georgia. Katelin is a 2016 graduate of the University of Georgia with degrees in Animal Science and Agribusiness, and she completed her Masters of Agribusiness degree in December 2018. Katelin makes time to advocate for dairy on social media, judge local dairy shows and help 4-H and FFA students who borrow heifers from her family’s farm for the Georgia Commercial Dairy Heifer Show program.
“I love having the opportunity to work with youth interested in dairy,” says Katelin," Katelin Benkoski | 2014 Scholarship Recipient.

Current Winners

Congratulations 2019 Scholarship Winners!

Maryland & Virginia is pleased to announce the six deserving students selected as this year’s scholarship winners.

A total of $5,500 was awarded to help offset college expenses for the 2019-2020 academic school year.

The recipients were selected based on their responses to essay questions, financial need, leadership and career aspirations.


Todd Allen

Jefferson, Maryland – Virginia Tech University

Magdalene Green

Hagerstown, Maryland – Wilson College

Ellie Grossnickle

Myersville, Maryland – Virginia Tech University

Tiffany Heishman

Strasburg, Virginia - Eastern Mennonite University

Isabelle Leonard

Spottswood, Virginia – Virginia Tech University

Rachel Gray

Stony Point, North Carolina – North Carolina State University

To be eligible for a Maryland & Virginia Milk Producers scholarship, students must be the son,
daughter or employee of a current co-op member and attending an accredited college or university.
Applications are made available in November of each year and are due in mid-February.