NMPF National Dairy Leadership Scholarship Program

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 apply (they 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 that played a key role in establishing NMPF’s National Dairy Leadership Scholarship Program.

Meet Past NMPF Scholarship Recipients

2020 Winners
2019 Winners
2018 Winners
2017 Winners
2016 Winners
2015 Winners
2014 Winners
2013 Winners
2012 Winners
2011 Winners

NMPF Accepting Applications for the 2021 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 or sent to: 

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

Materials must be received no later than April 16, 2021. Scholarship recipients will be selected by the NMPF Board of Directors in June 2021 and will be notified soon afterwards. Payment will be made to coincide with the start of the 2021-2022 academic year; however, students graduating in the spring or summer of 2021 are also eligible to apply.

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

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