As a long-time supporter of dairy education, the Michigan Milk Producers Association (MMPA) annually sponsors scholarships for members, their children and employees enrolled at Michigan State University and Purdue University.
For the 2017-2018 academic year, MMPA awarded nine scholarships, totaling over $21,000. The scholarship recipients were honored and introduced to MMPA members at the annual Leaders’ Conference on Nov. 20 in East Lansing, Michigan. The scholarship fund aims to assist young students pursuing a career in the dairy industry. Scholarships are awarded based on academics, involvement in the dairy industry and letters of recommendation.
The MSU scholarships available are for students enrolled in the Dairy Management Program. According to the MSU Institute of Agricultural Technology, the program delivers innovative, educational programs that develop career-ready graduates through intensive, practical learning and skill enhancement. Students in the dairy management program, advised by Dr. Joe Domecq, undergo a two-year, hands-on training program for careers in the dairy industry. A key component of the program is the completion of an internship at a dairy farm different than the student’s home farm.
MSU Second-Year Scholarships
- Cameron Cook, Pewamo, Michigan
- Morgan Luoma, East Leroy, Michigan
- Casey Tebos, Falmouth, Michigan
MSU Second-Year Employee Scholarship
- Hope McAlvey, Carson City, Michigan
MSU First-Year Scholarships
- Jacob Arens, Westphalia, Michigan
- Gerrit Baker, Bryon Center, Michigan
- Adam Wiles, Middleton, Michigan
MSU First Year Employee Scholarship
- Nolan Wieber, Fowler, Michigan
Purdue University Scholarship
- Jason Perkins, LaGrange, Indiana
The Michigan Milk Producers Association-established in 1916-is a member-owned and operated milk marketing cooperative and dairy processor serving approximately 1,700 dairy farmers throughout Michigan, Wisconsin, Ohio and Indiana. In addition to a cheese plant in Indiana, MMPA operates two SQF Level 3 dairy ingredient plants in Michigan, producing butter, nonfat dry milk powder, condensed skim milk, cream and whole milk powder.