NMPF Dairy Leadership Scholarship Program


The NMPF National Dairy Leadership Scholarship Program supports graduate students enrolled in Master’s or Ph.D. programs who are actively pursuing dairy-related fields of research that directly benefit milk marketing cooperatives and the U.S. dairy industry at large.

This is echoed in a thank you note from one of our past recipients: “This scholarship will help me to continue focusing on my studies, allow me to do more dairy resiliency research, and help me to further share my findings with dairy producers. […] Receiving this scholarship is just another reminder of how blessed I feel to get to work with dairy farmers and the incredible folks in the dairy industry.”

Through your contributions, the scholarship program is able to meaningfully impact graduate students and promote research that benefits the entire dairy community. Donate today to support the National Leadership Scholarship Program.


Now Accepting Applications for the 2024 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. 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 scholarship@nmpf.org. If you are unable to send materials electronically, please contact the NMPF office at 703-243-6111.

Materials must be received no later than April 12, 2024. Scholarship recipients will be selected by the NMPF Board of Directors in June 2024 and will be notified soon afterwards. Payment will be made to coincide with the start of the 2024-2025 academic year. Students graduating in the spring or summer of 2024 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 scholarship@nmpf.org.

Scholarship Opportunities for Students pursuing dairy-related fields

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

2022 Winners
2021 Winners
2020 Winners
2019 Winners
2018 Winners
2017 Winners
2016 Winners
2015 Winners
2014 Winners
2013 Winners
2012 Winners
2011 Winners

Questions about the NMPF scholarship program?