umdia: The Upper midwest dairy industry association

Congratulations to our 2017 Gene Watnaas Scholarship Winners

Brooke Carrow
University of Minnesota, St. Paul, College of Veterinary Medicine, DVM - MPH

Katherine Kindschuh
University of Wisconsin, River Falls, major - Ag Marketing Communications, minor - Dairy Science

Upper Midwest Dairy Industry Association
Gene Watnaas Scholarships

The Upper Midwest Dairy Industry Association is a non-profit group whose purpose is to promote the dairy industry by providing information, educational services, networks and contests that encourage improvement in the quality and safety of dairy and food products.
In an effort to recognize individuals pursuing post-secondary education in a field that will enhance the quality and safety of dairy and food products, UMDIA will be awarding up to two $1,000 scholarships to qualified applicants. Applications are due January 31 each year.
Minimum eligibility for UMDIA Scholarship Applications:
o Pursuing a degree in Animal Science with emphasis in dairy, Dairy Science, Food Animal Veterinary Medicine, Dairy Manufacturing, Dairy Technology or Dairy Food Science. (Other degree programs may be considered if there is strong evidence of commitment and contribution to the dairy industry.)
o Applications from freshmen and sophomore students will only be considered in the absence of qualifying junior or senior applicants
o Completed at least one semester with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0
o Plans to complete their degree program
o Reference letter (from a faculty member or dairy industry leader, not a family member)

Download the application form

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Past Scholarship Award Winners:

2016 Gene Watness Scholarship
Emmalee Blough, Johanna Knorr
2015 Gene Watness Scholarship
Jennifer Jelinski, Mary Leibenstein
Gene Watnaas Scholarship
Emily Plapp, Sarah Roerick

2013 Gene Watnaas Scholarship
Jacob Achen, Matthew Holdvogt

2013 Pioneer Dairymen's Club Memorial Scholarship
Ashley Adamski, Samantha Scroth

2012 Gene Watnaas Scholarship
Jessica Hammerand, Abigail Wirt

2012 Pioneer Dairymen's Club Memorial Scholarship
Courtney Lasky

2011 Gene Watnaas Scholarship
April Johnson, Laura Weisz
2011 Pioneer Dairymen's Club Memorial Scholarship
Megan Kleve

2010 Gene Watnaas Scholarship
Charlie Schiller, Abby Udermann

2010 Pioneer Dairymen's Club Memorial Scholarship
Nicole Stevens

2009 Gene Watnaas Scholarships
Amber Hazel, Lucas Sjostrom

2009 Pioneer Dairymen's Club Memorial Scholarship
Jacquelyne Koch

2007 & 2008 Gene Watnaas Scholarships
Jennifer Becker, Jacquelyne Koch, Samantha Wahls

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