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Scholarship Program

Are you a college student looking to pursue a career in the dairy industry? We want to help.

Each year, Maryland & Virginia awards a series of five $1,000 scholarships, and thanks to the MDVA Fund, the cooperative is able to offer additional scholarships to deserving students.

Scholarships are available to students pursuing careers in the dairy industry who are currently enrolled in a two or four-year accredited college, and must be one of the following:

  • The child of a Maryland & Virginia member
  • An employee of a Maryland & Virginia member
  • The child of a Maryland & Virginia employee

Winners are chosen based on their commitment to the dairy industry, leadership ability, initiative, character, integrity, and participation in extracurricular activities.

Scholarship Details
The 2021 Scholarship Applications are now available. Click here for the application.

Applications are due February 19, 2021 and may be submitted either via email to or mailed to the Reston Office at 1985 Isaac Newton Square West, Suite 200, Reston, VA 20190.

For more information about the cooperative’s scholarship program, please contact Daniela Roland at 814-386-8000 or

Where Are They Now

From business managers to large animal veterinarians, our scholarship program has helped to fuel a variety of successful, dairy-driven careers. Since the program’s inception, Maryland & Virginia has been proud to invest more than $80,000 in scholarships to benefit more than 75 future dairy leaders in the last decade.
Scholarship recipient Katelin Benkoski works as a Credit Analyst with AgSouth Farm Credit and in her free time, enjoys helping on her family’s dairy farm in Madison, Georgia. Katelin is a 2016 graduate of the University of Georgia with degrees in Animal Science and Agribusiness, and she completed her Masters of Agribusiness degree in December 2018. Katelin makes time to advocate for dairy on social media, judge local dairy shows and help 4-H and FFA students who borrow heifers from her family’s farm for the Georgia Commercial Dairy Heifer Show program.
“I love having the opportunity to work with youth interested in dairy,” says Katelin," Katelin Benkoski | 2014 Scholarship Recipient.

Current Winners

Congratulations 2020 Scholarship Winners!

Maryland & Virginia is pleased to announce the ten deserving students selected as this year’s scholarship winners.

A total of $7,500 was awarded to help offset college expenses for the 2020-2021 academic school year.

The recipients were selected based on their responses to essay questions, financial need, leadership and career aspirations.


Jill Allen

Jefferson, Maryland – Frederick Community College

Ryan Allen

Jefferson, Maryland – Frederick Community College

Todd Allen

Jefferson, Maryland – Virginia Tech University

Kayla Brody

Myersville, Maryland – Frederick Community College

William Coltrane

Pleasant Garden, North Carolina – University of Mount Olive

Caroline Dallam

Bel Air, Maryland – Pennsylvania State University

Rachel Gray

Stony Point, North Carolina – University of Mount Olive

Magdelene Green

Hagerstown, Maryland – Potomac State College of West Virginia University

Tiffany Heisman

Strasburg, Virginia – Eastern Mennonite University

Isabelle Leonard

Spottswood, Virginia – Virginia Tech University