Professional Development Opportunities

Annually, three scholarships are available to Dairy Leaders of Tomorrow educators seeking professional development opportunities. These funds are made available through contributions made to the Dairy Excellence Foundation.

To Be Eligible, Educators Must:

  • Be registered members of the Dairy Leaders of Tomorrow program and have taught the curriculum portion.
  • Have at least one student who completed and passed the Introductory to Dairy course and at least one of the certificate courses since January 1, 2021.

To Apply, Educators Must:

  • Complete the Online DLT Educator Scholarship Application
  • Submit 1 letter of reference that is either from an administrator, a peer agricultural educator or from an individual in the dairy industry.
    * Letter should demonstrate the applicant’s commitment to agriculture education and to preparing students for agriculture and dairy-related careers.
    * Submit the reference letter to Michelle Shearer at

Scholarships are designated to fund the registration, accommodations and travel costs associated with an educationally-focused professional development conference or workshop totaling no more than $1,000.

Applications are now being accepted.
Application deadline is June 1, 2022.

If you have any questions about the application, please feel free to contact Michelle Shearer by phone at 570-768-8316 or via email at

Congratulations to the 2021 Scholarship Winner!

Mary-Elizabeth Foote of Schuylerville, New York was recently awarded this scholarship through the Dairy Excellence Foundation’s Dairy Leaders of Tomorrow Program. She was recognized with the scholarship after having many of her students complete and pass at least one of the Dairy Leaders of Tomorrow certification exams and associated coursework. Mary-Elizabeth will receive reimbursement of up to $1,000 to support her fees associated with attendance of educational professional development.

Mary-Elizabeth Foote

Mary-Elizabeth teaches Agricultural Business and Marketing, Animal Science, Introduction to Agriculture and Plant Science at Schuylerville Junior-Senior High School in northern Saratoga County, New York.

Mary-Elizabeth has been able to introduce and incorporate the Dairy Leaders of Tomorrow curriculum in her classes in order to expose more students in her school to dairy. Specifically, within her Introduction to Agriculture class, Mary-Elizabeth utilizes the Introduction to Dairy Course as a stand-alone dairy unit. Then, students who take her school’s Animal Science course are exposed to Introduction to Dairy Herd Management course throughout the year within the different units of instruction. Finally, her Agricultural Business and Marketing classes complete the Introduction to Dairy Business Management course as their final project during the final weeks of the school year as an application-based culminating project. “This has allowed me to introduce 104 students to the Dairy Leaders of Tomorrow program as well as dairy education within just one school year,” says Mary-Elizabeth.

Feel free to contact Michelle Shearer at with any questions.

The 2022 scholarship deadline is June 1, 2022.