At Dairy Farmers of America, we believe it is important to invest in the next generation of leaders to ensure a bright future for the dairy industry. That is why we established the DFA Cares Foundation Scholarship Program.

The Foundation awards scholarships to three categories of students:

  • Incoming freshmen: High school seniors or recent graduates who have been accepted to college, but have not yet started classes
  • Undergraduate students: Students who are currently participating in an associate’s or bachelor’s degree program, but have not yet graduated
  • Graduate/professional students: Students enrolled in a graduate or professional degree program

Scholarships are available to students pursuing a career in the dairy industry or a related field:

  • Dairy herd management/production
  • Large animal veterinary medicine
  • Marketing/economics/finance
  • Processing/manufacturing
  • Communications/journalism
  • Quality assurance
  • Dairy nutrition
  • Dairy foods
  • Education
  • Engineering
  • Policy
  • Genetics
  • Law
  • Others


  • Must be enrolled in or applying for an accredited degree program during the 2019-2020 scholarship year
  • Applicant's commitment and passion for a career in the dairy industry, as demonstrated through responses to three essay questions
  • Extracurricular activities, awards, recognition and work experience
  • Academic Achievement


  • Online applications for 2019-2020 will reopen in the fall 2018.
  • Applications are due January 15, 2019 and must include two letters of recommendation and the most recent high school or college transcript.