WDPA Offers Three Scholarships

 

The Robert L. Bradley Scholarship, Wisconsin Dairy Products Association Scholarship and WDPA Championship Contest Scholarship are annual awards valued at $2,000 each, with funding coming from the net proceeds of the World Dairy Expo Championship Dairy Product Contest auction.  The scholarships are awarded each year to deserving college students pursuing careers in the dairy industry.

 

The Robert L. Bradley Scholarship is named after Dr. Bob Bradley, long-time professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a major supporter of WDPA.  Dr. Bradley was very active for over 25 years in WDPA’s Dairy Product Grading and Evaluation Clinic and is the head judge for WDPA’s World Dairy Expo Championship Dairy Product Contest.

 

These three scholarships will be awarded each year to deserving college students pursuing careers in the dairy industry. The funding for these scholarships comes from the net proceeds of the World Dairy Expo Championship Dairy Product Contest. In addition to these three scholarships, WDPA also awards a $2,000 scholarship to the MATC Culinary School and a $2,500 donation to the National Collegiate Dairy Products Evaluation Contest annually.  

The scholarships are available to any student attending a University of Wisconsin system school, i.e. UW-Madison, UW-Platteville, UW-River Falls, etc.

 

To be eligible for the scholarships, the student must meet the following criteria:

 

o Graduating high school seniors and college freshman, sophomores, juniors, and seniors are eligible for these scholarships.  No grad students are eligible. 

o The student must be attending a UW school or planning to attend (if presently a high school senior).  

o The student must be in the Food Science program, Dairy Science program, or a dairy industry related program (should explain in essay how their field of interest will benefit the dairy industry) in order to apply.

o The student must be in good academic standing.

o The award can be used for any college educational expenses, including tuition, books, room and board, etc.

 

How to apply:

 

o The student must complete the attached application.  In addition, the student must write a 400-word essay     explaining their current field of study and how it relates to their future goals. 

o Student must also submit two letters of recommendation from reliable, unrelated (to student) sources.

o Student must submit their high school transcript and current college transcript.

o Student should send the completed application, essay, transcripts, and letters of recommendation to WDPA (8383 Greenway Blvd., Middleton, WI 53562 or info@wdpa.net) before March 30, 2022.

o A judging panel will review all applications.

o The scholarship winner will be announced on April 30, 2022. 

o The scholarship check will be deposited in the winning student’s account at the UW college account and will be divided equally between the Fall 2022 and Spring 2023 semesters ($1,000 disbursed for each semester).

  • The winning students will be invited to attend the World Dairy Expo Championship Dairy Product Contest auction on October 4, 2022 in order to be properly recognized.

  •  In order to offer as many students as possible opportunities to win these scholarships, past WDPA/Dr. Bradley Scholarship winners are not eligible for this year’s scholarships.

 

The application deadline was March 30, 2022.