The raffle drawing will occur Dec. 1 and prizes this year include $750 and $500 American Express gift cards, a $250 Target gift card, a Cabot Creamery Premium Gift Box, a $100 Kansas City Steak gift card, and more. (Photo by Carolien van Oijen on Unsplash)

Washington D.C.– The National Milk Producer’s Federation (NMPF) Board of Directors annual scholarship fundraising raffle offers scholarships each year to qualified graduate students enrolled in Master’s or Ph.D. programs who are actively pursuing dairy-related fields of research that directly benefit milk marketing cooperatives and the U.S. dairy industry at large.

The raffle drawing will occur Dec. 1 and prizes this year include $750 and $500 American Express gift cards, a $250 Target gift card, a Cabot Creamery Premium Gift Box, a $100 Kansas City Steak gift card, and more.

The scholarship program is largely funded through the raffle fundraiser, so ticket purchases help ensure that critical research benefiting the entire dairy community can continue. The 2021 recipients are researching ways to predict metritis cure as a path to reducing antimicrobial use in dairy cattle; the stimulation of microbial protein synthesis by branched volatile fatty acids; and welfare implications of caustic paste disbudding and pain mitigation for dairy calves.

Recommended fields of study include but are not limited to:

  • Agriculture Communications Economics
  • Animal Health Environmental Science
  • Animal / Human Nutrition Food Science
  • Bovine Genetics Food Safety
  • Dairy Products Processing Herd Management
  • Dairy Science Marketing and Price Analysis

Each year the top scholarship applicant is awarded the Hintz Memorial Scholarship, which was established to honor Murray Hintz following his death in 2005. Hintz served as Chairman of the Board for Cass-Clay Creamery, Inc., one of the cooperatives that played a key role in establishing NMPF’s National Dairy Leadership Scholarship Program.