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Dairy MAX Supports Future Leaders With $7,500 In Scholarships


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Dairy farmers are committed to their communities and giving back to the next generation. With 21 applicants this year, Dairy MAX has awarded $7,500 in scholarships to three students across the region with ties to the dairy industry and continuing their education in the agriculture industry.

The 2022 scholarship recipients are Layne Burnett of Carpenter, Wyoming, Ali Bowman of Stillwater, Oklahoma, and Awna Hirsch from Eaton, Colorado. Each recipient was awarded $2,500 in scholarship to go towards their college education. Scholarships are awarded based on a combination of scholastic achievement, leadership, and involvement in agriculture.

“Dairy farmers believe in the next generation,” said Marty McKinzie, Dairy MAX chief growth officer. “The Dairy MAX scholarship program is not only a great way for the organization to support our members and the youth but illustrates the dairy industry’s commitment to giving back to their communities. We are honored to have these three students represent Dairy MAX and the industry.”

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Layne Burnett grew up on her family’s dairy farm in Carpenter, Wyoming. When she is not busy with her various club involvements at Texas Tech University, Layne can be found at the farm doing day-to-day tasks managing the herd. She is currently studying agricultural communications and plans to use her skills in journalism to advocate for the dairy industry.

Ali Bowman is a sophomore at Oklahoma State University studying animal science, focusing on livestock merchandising. Ali is heavily involved in the dairy industry both off-campus and on campus, where she serves as the calfhood manager. Ali knows how important it is to give back to the next generation and plans to obtain her master’s degree in rural community development and youth engagement.

Awna Hirsch from Eaton, Colorado, is attending the University of Minnesota Twin Cities studying animal science. When she is not working with dairy, Awna can be found listening to music or gardening. From her involvement in 4-H and dairy clubs, Awna plans to continue her education with a master’s in animal nutrition.

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A total of 21 scholarship applications underwent an in-depth judging process. To be eligible for the Dairy MAX scholarship, students must reside in the Dairy MAX region, be a graduating high school senior or undergraduate student currently enrolled in college and be a child of a dairy farmer, child of a dairy farm employee or an FFA/4-H dairy show participant.

“These three students represent the dairy industry well, and their efforts in furthering their education are what make them great leaders for the dairy industry. We are honored to be a part of their success,” said McKinzie.

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Investing in the recipients’ education propels dairy forward to continue feeding the world while nourishing communities. The 2023 Dairy MAX Scholarship application will open in January 2023. To see a full list of eligibility requirements and information about applying, visit DairyMAX.org/Dairy/Scholarships.


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