Scholarship programs

United Producers Inc. (UPI) is excited to support the future generation of agriculture through its scholarship program.

UPI is offering two $1000 scholarships in each of its 16 districts to deserving high school and college students pursuing agriculture degrees.

“The future of agriculture depends on those who are currently considering and pursuing a career in this critical industry,” said Dennis Bolling, President and CEO, United Producers Inc. “We want to do all we can to encourage students who have an interest in agribusiness, farming, veterinary medicine or other agriculture-based industries to pursue their careers, and this is our way of helping them do so.”

Applicants must be a Preferred Member of UPI or a child or grandchild of a Preferred Member, and a 2012 graduating high school senior enrolled in, or a student currently attending, a college or technical school studying an agriculture-related field. Completed applications and essays must be postmarked by April 1, 2012.

Visit www.uproducers.com for more information and to download an application form.

In addition,  students aspiring to build a career in the dairy industry can take one step closer with Dairy Farmers of America, Inc.’s (DFA) annual DFA Cares Foundation Scholarship.

The program, now in its fifth year, has awarded scholarships totaling nearly $60,000 to outstanding students planning a career in dairy, either as a producer or in numerous related fields, such as veterinary medicine or agricultural communications.

“Investing in the future is critical to the long-term success of the dairy industry,” said David Darr, DFA vice president of sustainability and public affairs, and a member of the DFA Cares board. “The DFA Cares Scholarship Program encourages and rewards students committed to the future of our industry for the hard work they put in throughout the year.”

Any dairy-oriented student enrolled in a two- or four-year accredited college, university or trade school is eligible to apply for the scholarship. The program also is open to high school seniors and post graduates.

Award recipients will be selected based on their commitment and passion to a career in the dairy industry, essay responses, extracurricular activity involvement, academic achievements, prior work experience and financial need. All applicants must include two letters of recommendation and their most recent high school or college transcript.

The deadline to apply is January 13. Winners will be announced at DFA’s 14th Annual Meeting in March. More information about the DFA Cares Scholarship is available at www.dfamilk.com/careers.

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