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.


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.

2022 Scholarship Program Application Period Closed

The 2022 NMPF Scholarship application period is now closed. The 2023 application period will open in January 2023. If you have any questions about the NMPF scholarship program, please call the NMPF office at 703-243-6111 or email scholarship@nmpf.org.

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

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