Posted: February 29, 2024

Application Deadline May 1, 2024.

The annual Student Leader Scholarship program application is now open for undergraduate students, including college students and high school seniors, who are pursuing a career in a dairy-related field. Twelve $3,000 Student Leader Scholarships will be awarded for the 2024-2025 academic year.  Scholarships are available through a partnership between the Pennsylvania Dairymen’s Association and the Dairy Excellence Foundation of Pennsylvania. Applications must be submitted online by May 1, 2024.

Who Qualifies for the Scholarship?

The Student Leader Scholarship program was designed to provide recognition, encouragement, and financial assistance to outstanding students enrolled in dairy-related academic programs. One of the scholarships is specifically designated for an incoming first-year student.

To qualify, students must:

  • be a Pennsylvania resident
  • demonstrate a commitment to working in the dairy industry in the future
  • be a full-time undergraduate student enrolled in a related field of study* OR
  • be a high school senior planning to enroll in a related field of study

*Related fields of study include Dairy and Animal Science, Ag Marketing and Business, Nutrition, Food Science, Ag and Extension Education, Ag Business Management, Ag Engineering or related fields.

Students can receive the $3,000 scholarship twice during their undergraduate academic career. Students employed by the Center for Dairy Excellence as an intern or in another capacity are not eligible to apply during the period in which they are working for the Center.

Read about this year's awardees.

Questions? Contact Michelle Shearer, Workforce Development Manager, at 570-768-8316 or