Nicole Hood awarded first Pennsylvania Dairy Promotion Program dairy science scholarship

Aug 03, 2012

The Pennsylvania Dairy Promotion Program has awarded DelVal student Nicole Hood the 2012 Dairy Science Scholarship. The new $1,500 scholarship is funded by Pennsylvania’s dairy farmers through their dairy checkoff and was offered to full-time undergraduate students enrolled in the dairy science program at Delaware Valley College. Criteria included academic achievement, experience in the dairy industry and/or preference to marketing dairy foods as part of the student’s undergraduate work.

Hood is a junior dairy science major at DelVal and was selected from an array of qualified peers for her outstanding academic performance and her many years of experience in agriculture.

Hood is active in several dairy and agricultural organizations, including the Dairy Science Club and Collegiate Future Farmers of America. She is the reigning National Brown Swiss Youth Ambassador, as well as the Maryland Brown Swiss Miss. After graduation, she would like to work with registered dairy cattle through a breed association.

“Receiving this scholarship is quite an accomplishment for me,” Hood said. “I have just finished my 2011-2012 reign as the National Brown Swiss Youth Ambassador and in the fall I will be a junior at Delaware Valley College. After graduation, I hope to pursue a career in promoting the dairy industry.”

“We are pleased to award this scholarship to such a well-deserving student,” said Tom Croner, chairman of the Pennsylvania Dairy Promotion Program board of directors. “We look forward to Nicole using this investment to help further her career in the dairy industry.”

Mid-Atlantic Dairy Association and Pennsylvania Dairy Promotion Program are the local planning and management organizations funded by dairy farmer checkoff dollars. They work closely with Dairy Management Inc. and are responsible for increasing demand for U.S.-produced dairy products on behalf of Pennsylvania’s dairy farmers.