Maryland Holstein Association Scholarship

The Maryland Holstein Association would like to invite any Maryland 4-H/FFA youth who is currently enrolled or has been enrolled in a Holstein dairy project, to apply for the Maryland Holstein Scholarship.  The youth must be enrolled in a 2yr or 4yr college, vocational school or graduate program. 

To apply for a scholarship, please fill out the scholarship application and email completed applications to:

Dee Shafer:

Scholarship applications must be emailed no later than Feb 24.

MDIA Scholarship

The Maryland Dairy Industry Association offers two $500 and one $1,000 Boyd Cook Memorial Scholarships to MDIA members or their dependents. The scholarship is named for past MDIA board member Boyd Cook, who made many contributions to the dairy industry.

Applications are due Feb. 28. Scholarships are available to graduating high school seniors, undergraduate students enrolled in a two- or four-year college and graduate/professional school students. Applicants can win each award level only once. MDIA offers student-level membership.

National Holstein Women’s Scholarship Organization     

The NHWSO application can be found at or downloaded here.

Please return application by February 17, 2023 (emailed) to: 

All applications will be reviewed by a panel of judges, and finalists will be invited to a personal or digital interview to be held during the 2023 Holstein USA Convention in Kentucky. Scholarship finalists will be notified around April 15, 2023 to allow time for travel arrangements

For more information, please contact:
Julie Ashton, NHWSO Scholarship Coordinator 
Phone: 815.766.0045 | Email:

Maryland & Virginia Milk Producers Cooperative Association (MDVA)

Every year the cooperative awards five $1,000 scholarships to undergraduate students pursuing careers in the dairy industry.

New for 2023, MDVA will also offer one $1,000 scholarship to a graduate student pursuing a master’s degree or Ph.D. in dairy science.

Scholarship Details

To be eligible for a scholarship, applicants must be one of the following:

  • Child or grandchild of an active Maryland & Virginia member
  • Employee of an active Maryland & Virginia member
  • Child of an MDVA employee

All applications are due by February 24, 2023 and winners will be selected and announced in early April 2023. For more information about the cooperative’s scholarship program, please contact Amanda Culp at 540-333-9873.

Online Application

Gene Iager Agricultural Scholarship

A five thousand ($5,000) scholarship will be offered to Maryland youth who have/had a dairy project (any breed) and are enrolled in a four-year college of agriculture program. This scholarship is being made available by Eugene (Gene) Iager, a Howard County dairy and grain farmer and businessman. Mr. Iager exhibits mostly registered Holstein cattle, along with a few other breeds, and has shown many quality animals.

To be considered for a scholarship applicants must be:

1. Available to all Maryland dairy youth who are currently enrolled or have been enrolled in a dairy project (any breed).
2. Students must be pursuing a four-year degree in any agricultural program in the college of their choice.
3. Available to second semester freshmen through entering seniors.

1.   One $5,000 scholarship will be awarded annually and may be won one time
2.   The winner will be notified by the Scholarship Committee.
3.   Scholarships will be awarded at the 4-H Dairy Show at the Maryland State Fair.

To apply for a scholarship, please fill out the Gene Iager Scholarship 2023 blank application and email or mail completed applications to:

Scholarship applications must be postmarked or emailed, no later than July 15.

Kelly Zepp

Dee Shafer

For additional scholarships available to dairy youth visit:

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