DMI Scholarship Program

$2,500Award Amount
11Number of Awards
5/6/2023Submission Deadline

Every year, The National Dairy Promotion and Research Board (NDPRB) sponsors undergraduate students studying a course related to dairy. The NDPRB is able to award scholarships through Dairy Management Inc. (DMI), whose mission is to increase demand for U.S.-produced dairy products on behalf of America’s dairy farmers. The NDPRB Scholarship Program targets eligible students who can contribute towards the promotion of America’s dairy products.

A maximum of 11 students receive $2,500 each to fund their studies. The scholarship is open to students majoring in communications or public relations, journalism, marketing, business, economics, nutrition, food science, and agricultural education. However, fields related to production, such as animal science, are not eligible.

Successful applicants receive the disbursement through the departmental head or chairman upon enrollment for the fall semester. Eligible students may also receive the disbursement in multiple years. The NDPRB additionally awards the James H. Loper Jr. Memorial Scholarship of $3,500 to the outstanding scholarship recipient.

Key Information of DMI Scholarship Program

Study Details

Area of Study

  • Agriculture
  • Business
  • Communications
  • Economics
  • Food Science
  • Journalism
  • Marketing
  • Nutrition
  • Public Relations

Country of Study

United States

Specific Schools


Scholarship Details

Intended Level of Study


Award Amount


Number of Awards


DMI Scholarship Program Timeline

February 2023

Application Opening Date

Applications open on February 6.

May 2023

Submission Deadline

The submission deadline is on May 6.

Scholarship Eligibility

To be eligible to apply, applicants must meet the following criteria.

  • Eligible Grade: College Sophomore – College Senior
  • Maximum Age: Any
  • Required GPA: 3
  • Geographic Eligibility: United States
  • Gender: Any
  • Race/Ethnicity: Any

Application Requirements

Here’s what you need to submits besides your application.

  • Essay
  • Grade transcript
  • Present Work Experiences

How to ace the DMI Scholarship Program


Take up leadership positions

Applicants are assessed on their ability to demonstrate leadership, integrity, and initiative. Before enrolling in university and college, join clubs and societies and take up leadership positions. Come up with and direct community engagement programs, projects, or plans to demonstrate initiative. In your application, be sure to describe how you led from the front in both formal and informal activities.


Engage in dairy-related extracurricular activities

The NDPRB Scholarship is awarded to students who can contribute meaningfully to the promotion of America’s dairy products. By engaging in dairy-related extracurricular activities, you will have a grasp of what the dairy industry entails. Work experience in areas related to dairy will equip you with practical skills that you can build up as you complete your degree. Be sure to participate in community programs on youth wellness and supporting local food banks.


Demonstrate academic prowess

The scholarship is highly competitive. Showing strong academic performance will give you an edge over your competitors. Highlight your academic strength by describing any academic awards or honors you have received. During your high school years, make sure you maintain an average GPA of 3.0 and above to improve your chances of an award.


Reach out to a professional in dairy

Applicants are required to demonstrate an apparent commitment to a career in dairy. Talking to a professional in dairy or a related field will expose you to possible opportunities. A professional would also help you select your courses, find opportunities, and offer mentorship along the way. In your application, describe your relationship with your mentor in the dairy industry and how their guidance is helping you chart a career path in dairy.

How the DMI Scholarship Program is Judged

Applications are evaluated by an NDPRB Scholarship Committee based on strong academic performance, enrollment in a study related to dairy, proven commitment to a career in dairy, and demonstrated leadership, initiative, and integrity.

Why We Love the DMI Scholarship Program


Scholarship winners receive a plaque

As a commemoration of successful applications, students receiving the award receive a plaque and a check for the award amount.


Students cultivate leadership, initiative, and integrity

Students applying for the NDPRB Scholarship have to demonstrate leadership, initiative, and integrity. As applicants prepare for and go through the application process, they are challenged to develop leadership skills, become self-starters, and practice honorableness.


Students contribute to growth of local industries

The Scholarship is targeted toward the promotion of U.S. dairy products. Through the application process and even after an award, students interact with market players in the local dairy industry to promote their dairy products and improve production thus helping the American dairy industry to flourish.

5 Facts about Dairy Management Inc.


The DMI was established in 1995

The United Dairy Industry Association (UDIA) and the National Dairy Promotion and Research Board (NDB) board members created the DMI to be responsible for growing the market for U.S.-produced dairy products on behalf of America’s dairy farmers.


The DMI manages the nationwide Dairy Checkoff

The DMI manages a dairy promotion fund from collections from dairy farmers and dairy importers for every hundred pounds of milk or the equivalent thereof, they sell or import.


Founded the Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy

The Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy is a voluntary organization advancing a shared social responsibility platform and demonstrates the dairy industry’s commitment to providing responsibly produced dairy foods.


The DMI manages the National Dairy Council

The DMI manages the National Dairy Council, which was formed in 1915. The Council was first formed by dairy farmers and processors to protect the public’s good image of dairy in light of a foot-and-mouth outbreak.


Supports worldwide promotion of America’s dairy products

In 1995, the DMI formed the U.S. Dairy Exports Council (USDEC). USDEC collects membership dues and checkoff dollars to promote U.S.-produced dairy products in international markets.

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