Ariel Waldeck of Upton has been selected as a 2012 scholarship recipient by Dairy Farmers of America, Inc., a national milk marketing cooperative.
Waldeck is a sophomore at the University of Kentucky in Lexington, majoring in agricultural communications with a minor in history. After graduation, Waldeck plans to pursue a job in communications or public relations to help give dairy farmers a voice.
Since its inception five years ago, the DFA Cares Foundation Scholarship has grown to recognize an increasing number of outstanding students who are pursuing careers in the dairy industry. The program reflects the Cooperative's dedication to developing future leaders in the dairy industry and a commitment to investing in their education.
This year, DFA's scholarship committee identified 19 recipients to receive a combined $19,750. Selection criteria include a commitment and passion for a career in the dairy industry; extracurricular activities, awards and work experience; and academic achievement.
The application period for next year's scholarship program will open in the fall and close in January 2013. For more information, visit www.dfamilk.com/careers/scholarships.