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2024 Scholarship Applications - Now Open!

To encourage and support students interested in pursuing careers within the dairy industry or food processing/engineering fields, the California Creamery Operators Association will provide scholarships in the amount of $1,000 each or greater. Scholarship recipients will be selected based on commitment to a career in the dairy or food industry, as well as academic and leadership performance.

Eligibility: Applicants must be junior or senior-level undergraduate students in dairy, food science, ag engineering and/or ag business programs at a California university.

Completed application materials must be submitted electronically to jbingham@ccoadairy.org from your university email address by May 10, 2024. 

PAST SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS

CALIFORNIA POLYTECHNIC STATE UNIVERSITY. SAN LUIS OBISPO
1987-88
Tonya Conner (Schoenfuss)
General Mills (Yoplait Smoothie) – Minneapolis . MN
1988-89
Scott Thomason
CDFA
1989-90
Gilbert Bourgouin
Fluer de Lait (Alta.-Dena) – City of Industry . CA
1990-91
Erin Lenihan
Environmental Agency – Southern California
1991-92
Kiet Tran
Kraft-Knudsen – Visalia , CA
1992-93
Vu Ngo
Cacique Cheese Company – LaPuente , CA
1993-94
Vu Ngo
Cacique Cheese Company – LaPuente , CA
1994-95
Danika K. Jensen
Kineya Cheese – Paso Robles, Ca
1995-96
Stephen Neal Ray
Frito-Lay _ Buttonwillow , CA
1996-97
Mark Petersen
Hilmar Cheese Company – Hilmar , CA
1997-98
Pedro Alvarado
1997-98
Joseph N. Bono
CPI – Tulare , CA
1998-99
Shelley Davidor
Graduate School – Arizona State
1998-99
Ryan Lest
Alta Genetics – Modesto . CA
1999-00
Jamie Barycki
Haagen-Dazs Dreyers
2000-01
Tanisha Borgstadt
2000-01
Melissa Garcia
Farm Credit West – Visalia . CA
2001-02
Leaine Verdegaal
Land O’Lakes, Inc.
2001-02
Melissa Garcia
Farm Credit West – Visalia . CA
2002-03
Elin Jolmson
Hilmar Cheese Company – Hilmar , CA
2002-03
Carolina M. Machado
Western Dairy Business
2002-03
Margaret Van Dollen
Grad Student – Notre Dame
2003-04
Travis Ferreira
Land O’Lakes
2003-04
Melissa Garcia
Farm Credit West – Visalia . CA
2003-04
Carolina M. Machado
Western Dairy Business
2004-05
Christina Weststeyn
Plans to start Homestead Cheese / Home Dairy
2004-05
Jonathan vanTol
Home Dairy
2004-05
Margaret VonDollen
Grad Student – Notre Dame
2005-06
Christina Weststeyn
Plans to start Homestead Cheese / Home Dairy
UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA , DAVIS
1987-88
Jo Ellen Wayne
Quest International , Oregon
1988-89
Diana Beymer
Mother & Homemaker. CA
1989-90
Tara Habig
USDA. Albany , CA
1990-91
Christopher Budwig
Nestle’s, Ohio
1991-92
Paul Cole
Balchem , Washington
1992-93
Yvonne Stuchell
Archer Daniel Midlands , Illinois
1993-94
Deborah Moreau
National Starch & Chemical Co., New Jersey
1994-95
Luis Cisneros-Zevallos
Professor, Texas A&M University
1995-96
Caille Gash
Junior High School Teacher, CA
1996-97
Thomas Trezza
Frito-Lay , Texas
1997-98
Patrick Fitzgerald
PHD Candidate Food Science, UCD
1998-99
Diane Folks
Elementary School Teacher, CA
1999-00
Lauren Franssen
General Mills, Minnesota
2000-01
Patrick Fitzgerald
PhD Candidate, Food Science. UCD
2000-01
Justin Shimek
General Mills, Minnesota
2001-02
Lauren Franssen
General Mills, Minnesota
2002-03
Ann Dragich
Food Science major. UCD (Senior)
 2008-09
Erin McElwee
Food Science UCD
2012-13
Ting Lin
Food Science UCD
FRESNO STATE UNIVERSITY
2022-23
Kassidy Bianchi
Dairy Science
2022-23
Kiley Thomas
Dairy Science
2015-16
Katherine Gross
2017-18
Trent Little
Cheesemaker, Leprino Foods
2018-19
Edward Sandoval
2019-20
Logan Real
Dairy Science, Fresno State
2020-21
Nicolaus Machado
2021-22
Lauren Davis
Food Science and Nutrition
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