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 Communications Economics
Animal Health Environmental Science
Animal / Human Nutrition Food Science
Bovine Genetics Food Safety
Dairy Products Processing Herd Management
Dairy Science Marketing 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 Accepting Applications for 2018 Scholarship Program

Applications are available for this year's scholarship program.

To qualify for an NMPF Scholarship, applicants must be currently enrolled in a graduate degree program in the United States and must follow all instructions in the application form (PDF). Completed applications will consist of an application package (an information form, a brief research summary, and a current resume) and two letters of recommendation.

All application materials should be emailed to Beth Briczinski, or sent to

National Milk Producers Federation
Attn: Beth Briczinski, Scholarship Program
2107 Wilson Blvd, Suite 600
Arlington, VA 22201

Materials must be received no later than April 6, 2018. Scholarship recipients will be selected by the NMPF Board of Directors in June 2018 and will be notified soon afterwards. Payment will be made to coincide with the start of the 2018-2019 academic year.

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