Michigan Dairy Ambassador Program Gearing Up for 2015

posted on October 22, 2014 12:26pm

Applications Due Jan. 9
Michigan high school and college students interested in pursuing a career in the dairy industry have until Jan. 9 to apply for the 2015 Michigan Dairy Ambassador Scholarship and Leadership Program. Continuing with updates instituted last year, the program offers dairy communications training to all interested applicants.
All applicants meeting baseline criteria will be invited to attend a day-long training on Feb. 6, the second day of the Great Lakes Regional Dairy Conference (GLRDC). Attendees will be considered 2015 GLRDC dairy ambassadors and will be equipped with the messaging and training needed to effectively communicate with consumers in-person and online.
A panel of industry judges will evaluate each ambassador based on his/her application, introduction and participation throughout the training to select one junior and one senior dairy ambassador representative. Representatives will be the primary faces and voices of Michigan’s dairy industry at a variety of educational, industrial and promotional events held across the state during the year. Ambassadors may also be called upon to fill in at events when the dairy ambassador representatives are not available.
As in the past, two scholarships will be awarded to the representatives, one to a junior winner and another to a senior winner. The senior division is reserved for college students up to age 22, with the winner receiving a $1,500 scholarship. The junior division is limited to high school students in grades nine to 12, and the winner receives $1,000 that can be applied toward higher education or the purchase of a dairy animal within the upcoming year. Applicants are not required to have a dairy farm background, but they must plan to pursue a career related to the dairy industry. The scholarship program is funded through a benefit auction held at the annual Great Lakes Regional Dairy Conference (GLRDC).
Currently, Megan Bush of Swartz Creek and Kailey Sweers of Dansville, are serving as the 2014 senior Michigan dairy ambassador representatives. Mason Horning of Manchester is the junior Michigan dairy ambassador representative.
Students interested in applying for the 2015 Michigan Dairy Ambassador Scholarship and Leadership Program can download an application from the Ambassadors page at  www.glrdc.msu.edu or contact Megghan Honke at 517-353-3175, ext. 229. Applications must be submitted electronically to honkemeg@anr.msu.edu and will be accepted until Jan. 9.
The 2015 GLRDC is slated for Feb. 5-7 at the Bavarian Inn Lodge in Frankenmuth. For the conference schedule and registration information, visit www.glrdc.msu.edu or contact Megghan Honke.