Professional Development Opportunities

Annually, two 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, 2022.

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, 2023.

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 2022 Scholarship Winners!

Congratulations to this year’s Dairy Leaders of Tomorrow Educator Scholarship recipients! Katherine Mitrowski of Cattaraugas-Little Valley Senior High School in New York and Amanda Strum of Montcalm Career Center in Michigan were recently named to receive reimbursement of up to $1,000 each to support professional development opportunities during this school year.

Katherine Mitrowski

Katherine Mitrowski teaches at Cattaraugus-Little Valley Senior High School in Cattaraugus, New York, and she is currently re-invigorating the agricultural program after it was closed 10 years ago. The surrounding community offers various agricultural employment opportunities after high school, and Katherine has connections with many local dairy farmers who help give her students hands-on experience. She utilizes the DLT Program to introduce the basics of dairy production and map out several dairy topics that would otherwise be challenging to implement for students.

“Receiving this scholarship is important to me because it helps to free up funds in my budget to allow me to purchase more items for my classroom specifically. I teach six different classes and need a lot of supplies for the variety of content I teach,” Katherine shared. “This scholarship will also assist me in getting more curriculum through trainings to increase rigor in my classroom.”

Amanda Sturm

Amanda Sturm serves approximately 200 students from seven school districts at a the Montcalm Career Center in Sydney, Michigan. They are the only agriculture program in the county, and she focuses on introducing students to all forms of agriculture through hands-on learning experiences. The DLT curriculum allows her students to deepen their understanding of the dairy industry and receive certifications that can increase their skill levels.

“I have been trying to go to Texas to a veterinarian technician training for several years, and now I will get to go which will give my students more opportunities in the animal industry as they leave my program,” Amanda said. “I am so excited to be selected for this award. I have truly enjoyed teaching my students about dairy with the DLT program.”

Feel free to contact Michelle Shearer at with any questions.

2023 Scholarship Applications will be accepted from March 1 – June 1, 2023.