Scholarship Program

Are you a college student looking to pursue a career in the dairy industry? We want to help.

Each year, Maryland & Virginia awards a series of five $1,000 scholarships, and thanks to the MDVA Fund, the cooperative is able to offer additional scholarships to deserving students.

Scholarships are available to students pursuing careers in the dairy industry who are currently enrolled in a two or four-year accredited college, and must be one of the following:

  • The child of a Maryland & Virginia member
  • An employee of a Maryland & Virginia member
  • The child of a Maryland & Virginia employee

Winners are chosen based on their commitment to the dairy industry, leadership ability, initiative, character, integrity, and participation in extracurricular activities.

For more information about the cooperative’s scholarship program, please contact Daniela Roland at 814-386-8000 or

Scholarship Details

The 2022 Scholarship Applications are now available. 

Applications are due by February 18, 2022. Recipients will be selected in early April 2022. Applications must be submitted via the form below. 

Where Are They Now

From business managers to large animal veterinarians, our scholarship program has helped to fuel a variety of successful, dairy-driven careers. Since the program’s inception, Maryland & Virginia has been proud to invest more than $80,000 in scholarships to benefit more than 75 future dairy leaders in the last decade.

Scholarship recipient Ellie Grossnickle is preparing to graduate from Virginia Tech in 2020.

Ellie is a dairy science major with a minor in communications. While at Virginia Tech, she has been involved in Collegiate FFA, Sigma Alpha and the Virginia Tech Dairy Club.

“I have a huge passion for advocating for the dairy industry,” said Ellie.

When considering her future plans, she hopes to change society’s view about farmers and the food industry.

“I think that farmers need to be transparent. It’s our time to stand up and educate consumers and make sure they are confident that milk is the best product. I want people to understand and appreciate where their food comes from,” she added.

Current Winners

Congratulations 2021 Scholarship Winners!

Maryland & Virginia is pleased to announce the nine deserving students selected as this year’s scholarship winners.

A total of $7,000 was awarded to help offset college expenses for the 2021-2022 academic school year.

The recipients were selected based on their responses to essay questions, financial need, leadership and career aspirations.

Jill Allen

Jefferson, Maryland – Frederick Community College

Mindi Freed

Timberville, Virginia — Virginia Tech

William Coltrane

Pleasant Garden, North Carolina – University of Mount Olive

Laurel Gray

Stony Point, North Carolina — North Carolina State University

Rachel Gray

Stony Point, North Carolina – University of Mount Olive

Helen Leadingham

Sharspburg, Maryland — Hagerstown Community College

Chad Patterson

Chestertown, Maryland — Purdue University

Harper Sellers

Lebanon, Pennsylvania — Eastern University

Elizabeth Stoltzfus

Berlin, Pennsylvania — Penn State