NMPF National Dairy Leadership Scholarship Program

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Established in 1916, the National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) is the oldest farm commodity organization in the United States and represents the interests of dairy cooperatives that are owned and operated by dairy farm families. NMPF provides a forum through which these dairy farmers and cooperatives may formulate national policy on issues affecting the production of milk and dairy beef.

NMPF's Board of Directors offers scholarships each year to qualified graduate students (enrolled in Master's or Ph.D. programs) who are actively pursuing dairy-related fields of research that are of immediate interest to NMPF member cooperatives. Graduate students pursuing research of direct benefit to milk marketing cooperatives and dairy producers are encouraged to submit an application (applicants do not need to be members of NMPF to qualify).

Recommended fields of study include but are not limited to:


Agriculture CommunicationsEconomics
Animal HealthEnvironmental Science
Animal / Human NutritionFood Science
Bovine GeneticsFood Safety
Dairy Products ProcessingHerd Management
Dairy ScienceMarketing and Price Analysis


Each year, the top scholarship applicant is awarded the Hintz Memorial Scholarship, which was established to honor Murray Hintz following his death in 2005. Hintz served as Chairman of the Board for Cass-Clay Creamery, Inc., one of the cooperatives which played a key role in establishing NMPF's National Dairy Leadership Scholarship Program.

Learn more about past NMPF scholarship recipients.


NMPF Congratulates Recipients of 2014 Scholarship Program

At their June meeting, the NMPF Scholarship Committee selected two graduate students to receive scholarships as part of the 2014 NMPF National Dairy Leadership Scholarship Program. These students are conducting research in areas that will benefit dairy cooperatives and producers.


The 2014 Hintz Memorial Scholarship, given to the top scholarship candidate, was awarded to Curtis Park, a Ph.D. candidate in Food Science at North Carolina State University. His research project is the effect of processing on the quality of skim milk powder and sources of off-flavors in whey protein concentrate.



A scholarship was also awarded to Robb Bender, Ph.D. candidate in Dairy Science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison for his research on using statistical process control to integrate nutritional data in real-time analysis on commercial dairy farms.
















The scholarship committee was impressed with the quality of applications and thanked all of the students who applied for the 2014 program. All eligible students are encouraged to apply again next year. 

If you have any questions about the NMPF scholarship program, please call the NMPF office at 703-243-6111, or email Beth Briczinski.