Be a dairy champion in college and

get free meals for a year!

Hey there!

We know college life can be hectic, and worrying about having enough funds for food shouldn’t be on your to-do list while you’re hitting the books and making memories. That’s why we’re excited to introduce the Dairy Ambassador Contest – your chance to become a social media dairy champion and earn free food! While you spread the love for dairy products, we will pick up the tab for your college meal plan for an entire year. So, let’s ensure you have all the fuel you need to conquer anything college throws your way!

Dairy Ambassador Contest Syllabus

 

Schedule

  • Contest Opens: May 27, 2024
  • Contest Closes: July 19, 2024, 5 PM MST
  • Winner Notified: August 1, 2024

Requirements

  • Attending either a two-year or four-year college or university in the state of Arizona during the 2024 fall semester
  • Enrolled as a “full-time student” (at least 12 credit hours per semester).
  • Attend the majority of credit hours in person, on campus
  • Have 1,500+ followers on Instagram
  • Have 2,500+ followers on TikTok

Contest Entry

Complete and submit online application including the following requirements:

  • Describe in a 250-word paragraph your significant financial need for a meal plan
  • Submit a 60-sec video:
    • Explaining why you are entering & how you would use your social channels to support dairy
    • Showcase yourself as a champion for real dairy products including foods and beverages made with cow’s milk (whole, 2%, 1%, and skim white and flavored milk, cheese, yogurt, cottage cheese)

Expectations of Finalist

Use personal Instagram and TikTok accounts to create ten (10) posts based on prior approved prompts once a month throughout the entirety of the academic year (August, September, October, November, December, January, February, March, April, and May).

 

Winnings

  • Paid meal card for school year 2024/2025
  • Food Prep Prize Pack
Contest Rules

Dairy Ambassador Contest Application

Sponsored by Arizona Milk Producers & Dairy Council of Arizona

Background

According to the most recent Hope Center Survey 2021: Basic Needs Insecurity During the Ongoing Pandemic, over 195,000 students from 130 two-year colleges and 72 four-year colleges and universities in the United States responded in 2020. The survey revealed that 39% of students enrolled at two-year institutions and 39% of students at four-year institutions experienced food insecurity at least once during the past year. 61% of the students at two-year institutions and 71% of the students at four-year institutions who reported food insecurity had reported both high and marginal levels of food insecurity respectively. The survey also concluded that the top concerns collectively among both types of colleges and universities were that students worried whether food would run out before they got money to buy more and that they couldn’t afford to eat balanced meals. Furthermore, the “Food Insecurity: Is It a Threat to University Students’ Well-Being and Success?” study found that “…food insecurity is a significant problem to students, and this study revealed that it significantly hinders their wellbeing and academic achievement.”

Therefore, Arizona Milk Producers and the Dairy Council of Arizona recognize that many students struggle with college and university expenses. When students are struggling, spending funds on food may be the financial expense that is significantly reduced or cut out altogether. Arizona Milk Producers and the Dairy Council of Arizona aim to help by bridging this gap and providing support with funds for a meal plan that provides nutrient dense foods. Nutritional powerhouses of dairy including real milk, cheese, and yogurt help to provide a total of 13, 8, and 9 essential nutrients respectively, which help address nutritional gaps.

Arizona Milk Producers & Dairy Council of Arizona will award (1) one full-time student attending either a two-year or four-year college or university on campus in the state of Arizona. The scholarship will cover the cost of meal plan for one school year beginning Fall 2024 and ending at the end of the school calendar year (Spring 2025). The scholarship winner will also be awarded with a dairy prize pack and be featured on the Arizona Milk Producers & Dairy Council of Arizona social media channels.

Evaluation and Selection Criteria

Scholarship winner must meet meet the following in their application:

  • Enrolled as a “full-time student” (at least 12 credit hours per semester).
  • Attend either a two-year or four-year college or university on campus in the state of Arizona during the 2024 fall semester
  • Attend the majority of credit hours in-person on campus
  • Have 1,500+ followers on Instagram
  • Have 2,500+ followers on TikTok
  • Describe in a 250-word paragraph a significant financial need for this meal plan scholarship
  • Submit a 60-sec video:
    •  Explaining why you are entering & how you would use your platform to support dairy
    • Showcase yourself as a champion for real dairy products including foods and beverages made with cow’s milk (whole, 2%, 1%, and skim white and flavored milk, cheese, yogurt, cottage cheese)
  • Agree to use personal Instagram and TikTok accounts to create 10 total posts based on prior approved prompts once a month throughout the entirety of the academic year (August, September, October, November, December, January, February, March, April, and May)

Scholarship applicants shall not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, age, sex, religion, national origin, or physical handicap in accordance with Federal statutes.

Scholarship Awarding Process

Applications will be evaluated and selected by the internal teams within Arizona Milk Producers and Dairy Council of Arizona. Scholarship applications must be submitted online at arizonamilk.org between May 27th until July 19th by 5 PM. Late or incomplete applications will not be accepted. The scholarship winner will be notified via email on or around August 1st.  Once the scholarship winner has been notified of the award, the student will notify the team and will provide a screenshot of the total cost of the meal plan for one academic year from Fall 2024-Spring 2025 from their school’s official website. Funds will be distributed in half as two checks will be made out to the school meal plan servicer, which would be used to exclusively pay for the student’s meal plan. The first check will be mailed to the student at the beginning of the semester pending all aspects of the scholarship agreement are fulfilled. The second check will be mailed to the student at the beginning of May pending all aspects of the scholarship agreement are fulfilled.

Please note Arizona Milk Producers and Dairy Council of Arizona reserve the right to terminate or suspend a scholarship award if the terms of the scholarship are not met. In addition, Arizona Milk Producers and Dairy Council of Arizona reserves the right to request that the scholarship winner agrees to repay Arizona Milk Producers and Dairy Council of Arizona any scholarship funds that were not used for the purposes of the scholarship, improperly applied by the winner, or unused by the completion of the academic year.

Scholarship Winner Social Media Post Requirements

Static posts meet following criteria

  • Showcase real dairy as a significant ingredient
  • Sufficient photography skills
  • Caption is error-free and captivating
  • Efficient use of hashtags (including #undeniablydairy, #teammilk #azmilk and tagging @azmilkproducers)

Video posts meet following criteria

  • Showcase real dairy as a significant ingredient
  • Sufficient videography and editing skills
  • Caption is error free and thought provoking
  • Efficient use of hashtags as shown above
  • Creativity shown

Each post

  • Must be submitted for approval 1 week prior to the post date
  • Will have content that will be derived from prompts given in separate contract document

Recipient

  • Must not post any content for duration of scholarship program containing dairy alternatives (including but not limited to soy milk, almond milk, oat milk, rice milk, pea protein milk, or any other plant based alternative beverages or food products as a replacement to real cow’s milk). Lactose-free milk is acceptable. Vegan or dairy-free products and recipes will not be considered.
  • Will engage with comments in a thought-provoking, professional, and educational manner

 

Arizona Milk Producers and Dairy Council of Arizona retains the rights to the content for all time hereafter the end of contract.

Confidentiality

While under funding consideration, any submitted scholarship applications become property of the Arizona Milk Producers and Dairy Council of Arizona. All information that is not otherwise available from public sources will be held in confidence and will be available only to appropriate Arizona Milk Producers and Dairy Council of Arizona staff.

Publication and Distribution

Arizona Milk Producers and Dairy Council of Arizona may publish, distribute and make available to the public the names of scholarship winner and the results and or outcomes of the Dairy Collegiate Foodie Scholarship. Generally, the publication shall be in journals, on the National Dairy Council Website (www.nationaldairycouncil.org), and/or in similar media.

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