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WCMA Supports the Next Generation of Cheesemaking with Five Scholarship Awards

MADISON, WI – The Wisconsin Cheese Makers Association (WCMA) is pleased open the application window for 2017 scholarship opportunities.  WCMA will award five scholarships worth a total of $15,000 to students pursuing careers in the dairy industry.

“Cheesemakers know that a well-educated workforce will help our industry grow, and that’s why, time and again, they’ve invested in students with scholarship awards,” said John Umhoefer, WCMA Executive Director.  “All told, our association has donated more than $1 million to support students and industry educational programs.”

Next year, two students will be awarded the WCMA Myron P. “Mike” Dean Cheese Industry Student Scholarship, worth $3,000.  Any employee or child of an employee at a WCMA member manufacturing or processor/marketer company may apply.  The WCMA Cheese Industry Supplier Student Scholarships, also worth $3,000 each, will be awarded to three students.  Any employee or child of an employee at a WCMA member supplier company may apply.

Preference for scholarship awards will be given to candidates will be pursuing degrees and careers connected to the food and dairy supply industry.  Well-qualified candidates will be currently attending a college, university, or technical school in the United States, or registered to attend a qualifying school.

Applicants must supply transcripts, a letter of recommendation, and a completed application form.  Forms may be found on the WCMA website, www.wischeesemakers.org, or by contacting WCMA Communications and Policy Manager Rebekah Sweeney at 608-828-4550 or via email at rsweeney@wischeesemakers.org.  Applications are due February 24, 2017.

“Competition for these scholarship was strong in 2016, and we encourage all interested students to apply,” said Umhoefer.  “WCMA is proud to support people who are working hard to prepare for careers in the dairy industry.”

Successful applicants will be announced in March 2017, with awards made at the Wisconsin Cheese Industry Conference on April 12 at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison, Wisconsin.