The Wayne-Ashland County Dairy Service Unit offers several scholarships to provide financial assistance to students in Wayne and Ashland counties who intend to go on to post-high school education in the field of agriculture, with a special interest in the dairy industry. Scholarships typically range from $500 to $1,000 and are awarded at the annual meeting at Fisher Auditorium, set for March 22.

 Applicants for the DSU scholarship must be a resident of Wayne or Ashland county at the time of application, have graduated from an accredited high school program or be in their senior year, and have an agricultural background with interest toward continuing in agriculture. Applicants with a dairy background, involvement in a 4-H or FFA dairy project or having employment in a dairy-based business are given special consideration. First time recipients receive preference.

Applications for the Wayne-Ashland Dairy Service scholarships are due to the Wayne County Extension office by Feb. 15. Scholarship applications are available on the Wayne County Extension website at: or directly from the Wayne County Extension office (330-264-8722), as well as from FFA advisers.

The Wayne-Ashland Dairy Service Unit will present an Outstanding Dairy Youth Award ($250) at its annual meeting on March 22. Award recipients are nominated by an FFA or 4-H adviser who has some knowledge of the individual and their work with a dairy project and/or contribution to the dairy industry. Return the award nomination form to the Wayne County Extension office by Feb. 15. Award forms are available on the Wayne County Extension website at: and at the Wayne County Extension office.

Individual dairy cow lifetime production awards are handed out at the Wayne-Ashland Dairy Service Unit banquet on March 22. Dairy herd owners interested in the lifetime production recognition award must submit an official individual cow test page with the last completed lactation between January 2017 and December 2017 to the Wayne County Extension office by Feb. 15. Holsteins must have 225,000 pounds or more of production, and colored breeds 175,000 or more pounds of production to be eligible for the award. Lifetime Production Recognition for cows achieving these milk production levels includes both a framed certificate of achievement and recognition in the banquet program.