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Pennsylvania dairy scholarships award $30,000 to students


The Pennsylvania Dairymen’s Association, Dairy Excellence Foundation, and Tröegs Independent Brewing have paired up to support ten students enrolled in dairy industry-based programs. The group is recognizing and encouraging these students in dairy-supporting programs with $3,000 in financial assistance for each winning individual.

The Student Leader Scholarship program was established to recognize, encourage, and provide financial assistance to students who plan to return to work in industries that support dairy production in Pennsylvania. Students awarded are participating in dairy and animal science programs, agricultural marketing and business, nutrition, food science, agriculture and extension education, agriculture communication, agricultural engineering, and other related fields.

“We support this scholarship program each year to help keep the next generation of Pennsylvania dairy vibrant and growing. These scholarships also help ease the financial burden for college students, allowing them to spend more time focusing on their studies and gaining hands-on experience across the industry,” said Dave Smith, Executive Director at the Pennsylvania Dairymen’s Association.

Qualifying students must meet these requirements:

  1. Be a Pennsylvania resident 
  2. Be enrolled in a dairy-related undergraduate major or a high school senior planning to enroll in a related field of study
  3. Demonstrate a commitment to pursuing a dairy-related career

“We use a lot of Pennsylvania grain, honey and produce in our beers and at our Snack Bar here at Tröegs,” says founding brother Chris Trogner. “And our cheese collaborations with Caputo Brothers Creamery use 100% Pennsylvania cow’s milk, so our connection to Pennsylvania agriculture already runs deep. These scholarships are a great way to amplify that connection and support the future of the industry.”

Congratulations to the 2022 Scholarship Winners!

Jordan Anderson, Agriculture Communications, University of Wyoming

“I’m humbled and honored to receive this financial award and appreciate the support of my educational career. I am proud to be a part of an industry of hard-working and supportive people. This support will help me in my career as I strive to advocate for the dairy industry and agriculture through the media.” –Jordan Anderson

Photo courtesy of the Center for Dairy Excellence

Glenn Barnes, SUNY Cobleskill, Agricultural Engineering

“This scholarship enables me to concentrate on my studies, boosting my chances of remaining in school and graduating on time. This scholarship will make a significant impact on my educational experience. A scholarship assists by allowing me to be more selective in how I use my leisure time. Service learning, volunteer activities, and internships will allow me to make the most of my college experience.” –Glenn Barnes

Photo courtesy of the Center for Dairy Excellence

Landis Crawford, Pennsylvania State University, Biological Engineering 

“The recognition of the Dairy Excellence Foundation, the Pennsylvania Dairymen’s Association, and Tröegs Independent Brewing through the Student Leader Scholarship Program really means a lot to me. The support of these organizations fuels my passion to make positive change in both my agricultural community and the Pennsylvania dairy industry at large. Your generosity is increasing the attainability of my dreams by reducing the monetary strain that a college degree incurs. With that I am ever so appreciative and thankful to be selected as a scholarship recipient.” –Landis Crawford

Photo courtesy of the Center for Dairy Excellence

Mikayla Davis, Pennsylvania State University, Agribusiness Management

“I am honored to receive this scholarship to help further my career and knowledge within agriculture. Thanks to the Dairy Excellence Foundation and its partners, I will be able to share my love and passion for the dairy industry to consumers. The dairy industry has been such an important aspect of my life and one day I will be able to use my knowledge to give back to the agricultural community.”  –Mikayla Davis

Photo courtesy of the Center for Dairy Excellence

Jessica Herr, Pennsylvania State University, Agricultural Sciences

“To be awarded this scholarship is nothing short of an honor. I am incredibly grateful for the Dairy Excellence Foundation and their partners for their willingness to invest in both in my education and my future career within the agricultural industry. With their support, I am able to work towards my goal of focusing on my studies and graduating college debt free.” –Jessica Herr

Photo courtesy of the Center for Dairy Excellence

Victoria Longenecker, Pennsylvania State University, Biological Engineering

“It is very encouraging to know that the ag industry is a strong and helpful community when it comes to pursuing a career in agriculture. This scholarship will take some of the weight off my shoulders when it comes to tuition for my last couple years left at Penn State. Receiving this will also allow me to focus on growing my knowledge of environmental systems that have and will affect farmers in a positive way.” –Victoria Longenecker

Nika Rice, Cornell University, Animal Sciences – Dairy Management

“I am so honored to receive the Student Leadership Scholarship. I am inspired to see these agricultural organizations come together to give back to the future of the industry. I feel supported and encouraged to continue the path of educating myself on how to feed the world at Cornell University.” –Nika Rice

Photo courtesy of the Center for Dairy Excellence

George Sebright, Virginia Tech, Dairy Science 

“It is a great honor to receive this financial award in support of my education. I would like to thank everyone involved in making this scholarship happen. This award will help me in my educational career by being able to better balance my work schedule and studies, allowing me to better absorb the knowledge I learn in my final year at Virginia Tech.” –George Sebright

Photo courtesy of the Center for Dairy Excellence

Abby Stulzfus, Pennsylvania State University, Wildlife and Fisheries

“I am very grateful to be named one of the Student Leader Scholarship recipients. Being a leader is something I’ve always strived to be in my community. I’ve always wanted to make a name for myself in the dairy industry by leading by example, so being awarded this scholarship puts me one step closer to achieving my dream of a career in the dairy industry, doing what I love, and hopefully, changing the world.”  –Abby Stoltzfus

Photo courtesy of the Center for Dairy Excellence

Kara Stultz, Pennsylvania State University, Animal Sciences

“I am thankful and grateful for the Dairy Excellence Foundation, Pennsylvania Dairymen’s Association, and Tröegs Independent Brewing for their generosity in supporting the future agriculture professionals through this scholarship. They allow myself and others to further our education and hands-on knowledge to continue to improve our beloved agriculture industry.” –Kara Stultz


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