Scholarships

2020 Applications Due February 19

WCMA's student scholarships are an important part of the Association's investment in the industry's future leaders.

Each year, five scholarships worth $3,000 each are awarded to students connected to the industry. WCMA encourages those studying at technical colleges and at four-year colleges and universities to apply.

Applicants must supply transcripts, a letter of recommendation, and a completed application form (found in the links below) by February 19, 2020.

Application Forms

In 2020, two students will be awarded the WCMA Myron P. “Mike” Dean Cheese Industry Student Scholarship, worth $3,000 each.  Any employee or child of an employee of a WCMA dairy manufacturing, processing, or marketing member company may apply.

Employees or children of employees at WCMA supplier member companies may apply for the WCMA Cheese Industry Supplier Student Scholarship.  Three students will receive scholarship awards of $3,000 each.

Preference for both scholarship awards will be given to candidates pursuing degrees and careers connected to the dairy 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.

Successful applicants will be announced in March 2020, with awards made on April 15 at CheeseExpo in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

In 2019, WCMA presented Mike Dean Cheese Industry Student Scholarships to:

  • Chris Eckerman (pictured above, left center), a product development specialist at Agropur in Appleton, Wisconsin, is pursuing a Master of Business Administration from University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, and maintains a 4.0 grade point average. A licensed cheesemaker and cheese grader, Chris is expanding his business skills to enhance his career within Agropur.
  • Emily Franke (right center) is a dairy science student at University of Wisconsin-Madison active in Association of Women in Agriculture, Badger Dairy Club and Collegiate Dairy Judging. Emily’s father, Scott Franke, is employed at Grande Cheese Company and, this summer, Emily will serve as a milk marketing intern at Grande, as well.

WCMA also presented WCMA Cheese Industry Supplier Student Scholarships to:

  • Morgan Haumschild (center), a high school senior, is set to attend the University of Wisconsin-River Falls to study dairy science. Morgan’s mother, Laura Haumschild, is an employee of Roehl Transport in Marshfield, Wisconsin.  Morgan is a member of 4-H, Future Farmers of America, and the Wisconsin Junior Holstein Association, and she has earned a grade point average of 3.967.
  • Paul VanderKelen (far left)a six-year employee of HART Design and Manufacturing, Inc. in Green Bay, Wisconsin, is pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering with a grade point average of 3.935. Paul plans to continue working for HART following his graduation in May 2020.
  • JunHyuk Yoon (far right), an intern at Excel Engineering in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, is attending the Milwaukee School of Engineering to earn a degree in Architectural Engineering. JunHyuk is on the Dean’s List, and is set to graduate in May 2020.

Questions regarding scholarship opportunities may be directed to WCMA Office & Member Service Manager Sara Schmidt.