Nebraska Scholarships


  • Applicant must be considered or accepted as a full-time student at an accredited college.
  • Applicant must contribute to Midwest Dairy checkoff as of January 1 of the current calendar year by one of the following:
    • Applicant, or applicant’s parents/guardians/grandparents/sibling, must own a dairy farm located in the state of Nebraska.
  • Former recipients of the scholarship may re-apply in subsequent years, providing they remain eligible.


Applicants will be evaluated on contributions to and involvement in the dairy industry, leadership, career plans and academic standing.

Application Process

  1. Complete the online application form by April 9, 2021. EXTENDED DEADLINE – FRIDAY, APRIL 30.
  2. Recipients will be notified by May 14, 2021 and will be asked to submit the following by June 4, 2021:
    1. High Resolution Photograph
    2. Newspaper Information Form
    3. Publicity Consent Form
    4. W9 Form
  3. Scholarships will be sent directly to the student by October 1, 2021.

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Please contact Tracy J. Behnken with any eligibility or application questions.

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Nebraska Division of Midwest Dairy Educational Award

The Nebraska Division of Midwest Dairy will be awarding the following educational scholarships:

  • College sophomores, juniors and seniors with a future career in dairy are eligible for one $1,500 and one $1,000 award. When answering the essay question on future career plans, please describe how your education will be used to support the dairy community.
  • College freshman, sophomores, juniors and seniors majoring in any degree program are eligible for one of five $500 awards.
  • Please have all the following ready before starting the application process as you will not be able to save and continue later.

    • Copy of Current Transcript (20 points)
    • 2-3 Letters of Reference (15 points)
    • Brief Essay Questions:
      • List your past and present leadership involvement in your school and community. (20 points)
      • List your past and present involvement in the dairy community. (20 points)
      • What do you see as the biggest challenge facing the dairy industry and how do your future career plans address those challenges? (25 points)
  • Your Information

  • Dairy Farm Information

  • School Information

  • Essay Questions

  • Supporting Materials

  • Accepted file types: pdf, jpg, Max. file size: 4 MB.
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    Accepted file types: pdf, docx, doc, Max. file size: 2 MB, Max. files: 3.