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

Keep an eye out for information on the 2023 scholarship process this fall. 

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.

Rachel Gray graduated this April from the University of Mount Olive with a bachelor’s degree in Agribusiness. Rachel has returned to her family’s farm, Grayhouse Farms, in Stony Point, North Carolina. One of her more rewarding college experiences was interning at Fair Oaks Farms in Fair Oaks, Indiana.

“During my internship, I worked closely with the herdsmen and breeders at Fair Oaks. I also helped in the maternity barns and with the veterinarians. I really enjoyed that opportunity,” Rachel said.

Since graduating earlier this month, Rachel has been working on her family farm where she is the assistant herdsperson and helps with heifer and cow management, herd health, harvesting crops and field work.

Mark Phillips of Waynesboro, Virginia used his Maryland & Virginia Scholarship to attend Virginia Tech.

He obtained a bachelor’s degree in Agribusiness in 2018 and went to work for AgCentral Cooperative in Athens, Tennessee. There he worked in the dairy department where he helped install Delaval robots and other dairy, manure, and feed equipment.

Eventually Mark and his wife, Hunter, found their way back to their family farm, North Point Farm, in Virginia. Mark now oversees the nutrition program, helps to manage personnel, and works on facilities improvement to advance animal welfare and milk production. 

Current Winners

Congratulations 2022 Scholarship Winners!

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

A total of $7,500 was awarded to help offset college expenses for the 2022-2023 academic school year.

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

Ryan Allen

Jefferson, Maryland – Penn State University

Ashley Bushong

Woodstock, Virginia — Virginia Tech

Molly Cessna

Clearville, Pennsylvania — Potomac State University

William Coltrane

Pleasant Garden, North Carolina – University of Mount Olive

Jada Crockett

Hampton, Virginia — Virginia State University

Laurel Gray

Stony Point, North Carolina — North Carolina State University

Paige Peiffer

Lebanon, Pennsylvania — Penn State University

Charles Patterson

Chestertown, Maryland — Purdue University

Regan Jackson

Boyce, Virginia — Louisiana State University

Keegan Stuver

Frederick, Maryland — University of Maryland