Central Plains Dairy Foundation now accepting scholarship applications

Central Plains Dairy Foundation
Ag News

PIERRE, S.D. – The Central Plains Dairy Foundation (CPDF) is now accepting applications for the Lon and Kathy Tonneson Dairy Leadership Scholarship and the Central Plains Dairy Foundation (CPDF) Dairy Scholarships Grant.

Established in 2019 by Tracey and Brian Erickson, this year marks the third year of the Lon and Kathy Tonneson Dairy Leadership Scholarship.

The scholarship honors Lon and Kathy for their dedication to growing the dairy industry. Students who have completed at least one semester in a post-secondary college or university, pursuing a degree in agriculture with an emphasis in agriculture communication and/or leadership, are eligible for this scholarship. Preference will be given to applicants in Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota and South Dakota.

The CPDF Dairy Scholarships grant program is available to organizations and schools who wish to provide scholarships to dairy students. Students must be attending a two or four-year college that offers one or more dairy education programs. This grant, and subsequent scholarships, are intended for up-and-coming young leaders in the dairy industry. Awardees must attend a post-secondary school in Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota or South Dakota.

“Agriculture is at the core of who we are in the Midwest,” says Chris Maxwell, executive director of the Central Plains Dairy Foundation. “We created these scholarships programs to support up-and-coming leaders in the dairy industry, and we are very proud to do so.”

Applications must be submitted by Sept. 15, 2021. Information about the scholarship and grant programs and applications are available online at centralplainsdairyfoundation.org.

For additional information about the Central Plains Dairy Foundation, call (605)412-8403 or email foundation@centralplainsdairyexpo.com.

The Central Plains Dairy Foundation is an independent 501(c)3 organization committed to investing in proactive programming to support the dairy industry along the I-29 corridor in South Dakota, North Dakota, Nebraska, Iowa and Minnesota.