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Sinclairville girl wins dairy scholarship

Heidi Williams

Northeast Dairy Suppliers Association, Inc. (NDSA) has announced 12 college students to receive the Bruce W. Krupke Memorial Scholarship for the 2020-21 academic year totaling $20,000.

The NDSA Scholarship Committee awarded $2,500 scholarships to students whose majors are related to the dairy/food industry or an agriculture program related to the dairy/food industry, and $1,500 to students studying any major.

This year’s Bruce W. Krupke Memorial Scholarship recipients Heidi Williams of Sinclairville who will attend SUNY Alfred.

In April 2020, the Northeast Dairy Suppliers Association board of directors unanimously voted to rename the scholarship the Bruce W. Krupke Memorial Scholarship. Bruce served as Executive Vice President of Northeast Dairy Foods Association and Northeast Dairy Suppliers Association for 27 years before passing away in March 2020.

Additionally, the board approved increasing the scholarship amount from $15,000 to $20,000 for the 2020-21 academic year.

“We received over 70 applications this year and it was a long and challenging process for the Scholarship Committee to narrow it down based on the quality of this year’s applicants,” said Bill Elliot, President of Northeast Dairy Suppliers Association Board of Directors. “Northeast Dairy Suppliers Association is honored to be able to provide this scholarship to students who are pursuing their goals and dreams. Congratulations to all of the recipients!”

Applicants must be an immediate family member of a current NDSA or Northeast Dairy Foods Association, Inc. member company, or a Student Member of NDSA, enrolled for the 2020-21 academic year as a full-time student with a minimum of 12 credit hours, and have a GPA of 2.5 or greater to be eligible.

Scholarship information is made available each year after Feb. 1 with applications due by June 1stand can be found on the association’s website at www.neastda.org.

Funding for the scholarships come directly from the association’s annual dairy industry clambake, members’ dues supporting the association, and sponsorship of annual dairy industry events to help fund the scholarships each year.

The Northeast Dairy Suppliers Association, Inc. is a full-service trade group representing vendors and supplier companies selling to and servicing dairy product processors, manufacturers and distributors in the northeast United States.

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