WSU Creamery & Food Science Scholarship History & Eligibility
Due by May 1st
The Washington State University (WSU) Creamery/Food Science Scholarship was created by setting aside a portion of all cheese and ice cream sales from the WSU Creamery for the purpose of supporting undergraduate students majoring in food science at Washington State University. The scholarship was established in 2008. Scholarship awards will be determined with the interest rate paid on the endowment.
Dairy manufacturing began at Washington State College (WSC) around the turn of the twentieth century, but it was not until the 1930’s that WSC researchers and the American Can Company became interested in different ways to store cheese and the “tin” was developed. In the 1940’s WSC ceased working with outside contractors to produce their cheese and began their own operations on the WSC campus. Ferdinand’s was born! The Washington State University Creamery has continued through today as a research and teaching facility where WSU-produced milk is turned into cheese and ice cream. As sales increased a Direct Marketing and storage facility was added and production steadily increased. Up to 70 student-employees per year work part-time to operate the WSU Creamery, which is one of the largest university-owned and operated creameries in the U.S. The experience and skills learned at the WSU Creamery prepare students from all areas of the university for employment opportunities upon their graduation. Hundreds of students have earned their way through college by working at the WSU Creamery, many who are now working in the dairy industry around the United States.
1. To be eligible, students must be: (a) a full-time high school student or new undergraduate transfer student; (b) focusing on an academic discipline and career plan that supports the food science/dairy industry; (c) have a current academic advisor in the food science department or indicate intended food science major at WSU; and (d) must be a U.S. Citizen.
2. Applications will be solicited in the spring semester each year. To be considered, students must complete the WSU Creamery/Food Science Scholarship application in full. Attachments may also be submitted, but a completed application form must be submitted.
3. Qualified students will be selected from applications received by the deadline.
4. To receive the scholarship, students must be enrolled in 12-18 credits each semester at WSU. If credits drop below 12 credits the student will lose the scholarship.
5. Students awarded the scholarship can renew the scholarship up to 3 times (for a total of 4 years) with the maintenance of a 3.0 GPA or higher, continued full-time enrollment in food science major, and an advisor in the food science discipline.
The scholarship will be awarded for both the fall and spring semesters only. Student recipients will receive their scholarship through WSU Scholarship Services to be applied to their tuition and living expenses.