The American Dairy Products Institute (ADPI), Elmhurst, Ill., announced four recipients for the 2022 ADPI Scholarship Award Program.
The Jim Page Memorial Scholarship was created in memory of James J. Page. He enjoyed a distinguished marketing career in the dairy industry and served as the CEO of ADPI from 2002 through 2008.
This year’s Jim Page Memorial Scholarship recipients are Lara Maccabee of Twin Falls, Idaho, and Bailee Aisenbray of Roscoe, Ill., ADPI said.
Maccabee is currently earning her bachelor’s degree in both accounting and finance from Idaho State University. She had the opportunity to work as a financial and operations intern for the past two summers at Idaho Milk Products and looks forward to working as an audit intern at Eide Bailly in Boise, Idaho, this summer, where she will learn more about the auditing process and gain exposure to life as an accountant within a professional practice, ADPI said.
Aisenbray is a full-time student pursuing a degree in food science and technology with a minor in Ag business at the University of Wisconsin – River Falls. Already certified in pasteurization and HACCP, she plans on adding cheesemaker to this list, as she plans to complete the cheesemaker short course within the year. Aisenbray is looking forward to working as a quality assurance intern with Ellsworth Cooperative Creamery this coming summer. After graduation, her goal is to stay in the quality and production sector of the dairy industry.
The Phillip Tong Educational Scholarship was established in honor of Phillip Tong, Ph.D., who served as ADPI’s director of dairy science, education, research from 2016 to 2021. This annual scholarship endowed by ADPI is in recognition of Tong’s contributions to the training, education and development of people in the dairy industry, ADPI said. Receiving the first-ever Phillip Tong Educational Scholarships are Dina Graves from Glenview, Ill., and Claire Sipple of Denmark, Wis.
Graves aspires to contribute to the food industry by creating nutritious, delicious, affordable and sustainable products for consumers. A food science major at Clemson University with a concentration in culinology and a minor in microbiology, she confirmed her passion for the food industry during an internship at Edlong Flavors, where she thoroughly enjoyed performing sensory tests on flavor products, ADPI said.
Sipple is currently studying food science at the University of Wisconsin – Madison. To date, she has completed stints at Agropur as a cheese operations intern and corporate quality assurance intern, as well as served as a descriptive sensory panelist at the Wisconsin Center for Dairy Research. Her internships helped her form her future plans of pursuing a role in cheese manufacturing following graduation, ADPI said.