JUSTIN, Texas — Nicole Koke of Dublin, Texas, is a 2020 Dairy MAX scholarship recipient because of her outstanding scholastic achievement, leadership and achievement in agriculture. Koke is one of four students with dairy roots receiving a $2,500 scholarship from Dairy MAX.
Dairy farmers not only produce a nutritious food for the world, but play a vital role in helping their local communities thrive. The Dairy MAX scholarship program is a way of giving back to dairy farm families, while investing in the future of dairy.
“With the scholarship program, not only are we recognizing outstanding students, but we are empowering the next generation of the dairy farmers and advocates through supporting their higher education,” said Marty McKinzie, Dairy MAX’s vice president of industry image and relations.
Koke is active in her family’s dairy operations, Blue Jay and Blue Bonnet Dairy in Dublin, where she says every day brings a new adventure. She is currently studying business management at Texas A&M University. As a member of the Texas A&M dairy science club, she advocates for the dairy industry and hopes to expand the organization. Koke also hopes to start a Texas A&M dairy judging team to expand the reach of dairy and her knowledge of the dairy industry.
“After graduation I plan to start a career in dairy reproduction services and become an advocate for the dairy industry,” said Koke.
To be eligible for the Dairy MAX scholarship, students must reside in the Dairy MAX region, be a graduating high school senior or undergraduate student currently enrolled in college and be a child of a dairy farmer, child of a dairy farm employee or an FFA/4-H dairy show participant.
“It is a privilege to work for dairy farm families,” said McKinzie. “We are pleased to support these students with dairy roots as they start this next chapter. They all have big plans to ensure a bright future for the dairy industry.”
Investing in the recipients’ education, propels dairy forward to continue feeding the world, while nourishing communities.
“Our dairy farm families play an important role in the success of their communities,” said McKinzie. “We are honored to recognize these outstanding students for their achievements within the dairy industry and their communities through the scholarship program.”
The 2021 Dairy MAX Scholarship application will open in January 2021. To see a full list of eligibility requirements and information about applying, visit DairyMAX.org/dairy/scholarships.
— Dairy MAX
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