Scholarships

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) for consideration.

Application Forms

In 2021, 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.

    In 2020, WCMA presented Mike Dean Cheese Industry Student Scholarships to:

    • Mary Kawleski, a product development employee at Agropur and graduate student in the Master of Food Technology program through the University of Georgia-Athens with a 3.95 GPA. Mary hopes to continue her career in food science to advance the possibilities of food applications.
    • Ashlyn Schnell, a research and development intern at Schreiber Foods and biology major and chemistry minor with a 3.96 GPA at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, graduating in 2021. Ashlyn plans to pursue a Master of Food Science degree and work as a lead food and research scientist in the dairy industry.

    WCMA also presented WCMA Cheese Industry Supplier Student Scholarships to:

    • Samantha Hawkey, an administrative assistant at Kelley Supply and business management student at Northcentral Technical College in Wausau, WI with a 3.89 GPA. Samantha plans to further her education through a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Resources and work professionally in the human resource department of Kelley Supply.
    • Theodore Jacoby IV, a former intern at Agropur and current dairy manufacturing major at South Dakota State University with a 3.92 GPA. Theodore plans to pursue a job with Agropur or obtain a masters or doctorate degree related to the dairy industry after graduation.
    • Morgan Knapp, a food technology intern at Agropur and chemistry major with a business concentration at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. After graduation, Morgan hopes to pursue a career in chemistry and pharmaceutical development.

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