Awards & Scholarships

Recognizing and Rewarding Members

Awards

American Dairy Products Institute Award of Merit

The ADPI Award of Merit is bestowed upon individuals who have made a lasting contribution to the American dairy products industry.  Anyone may be nominated regardless of nationality or role within the industry, including manufacturing, marketing, R&D, academia, regulatory, equipment manufacturers, ingredient suppliers, etc.

The Award of Merit is presented annually at the ADPI/ABI Annual Conference in April.

Nominations are due annually in March and may be accepted at any time.

  • 1992 – M.E. “Mel” Franks (posthumously)
  • 1993 – William F. Dietrich & Nico van Zwanenberg
  • 1994 – Harvey H. Ebert
  • 1995 – Wesley E. Eckert
  • 1996 – William A. Diehl
  • 1997 – Donald C. Storhoff & Robert E. Vaughn
  • 1998 – Lyle Brenne
  • 1999 – Larry L. Claypool
  • 2000 – Mark Davis & A. Kent Keller
  • 2001 – H. Jack Pollei & A. Marriott Walker (posthumously)
  • 2002 – Warren Clark
  • 2003 – Harlan Mammen
  • 2004 – Bernard S. Horton
  • 2005 – William J. Merrick, III
  • 2006 – Bobby L. Hall
  • 2007 – John Burke
  • 2008 – John Whetten
  • 2009 – Lee Blakely
  • 2010 – George E. Hutson
  • 2011 – Diane D. Lewis
  • 2012 – Joseph A. O’Donnell
  • 2013 – Phillip S. Tong
  • 2014 – Jerry Kozak
  • 2015 – Rick Kaepernick
  • 2016 – Richard Stammer
  • 2017 – Tom Suber
  • 2018 – Dave Barbano
  • 2019 – Barney Krueger
  • 2020 – David Thomas
  • 2021 – Jerry O’Dea

Breakthrough Award for Dairy Ingredient Innovation

Awarded by Dairy Foods in cooperation with the American Dairy Products Institute to honor achievements by dairy processing members of the American Dairy Products Institute. Entrants MUST be members of ADPI to enter. 

Innovation Categories include:

  • Milk-Derived or Whey-Derived Dairy Ingredients
  • Processing or Packaging of Dairy Ingredients
  • Breakthroughs in R&D or Quality Assurance of Dairy Ingredients
  • Marketing of a Dairy Ingredient
  • Tool or System to be Used for Dairy Ingredients

Nominations are typically due in March each year. Awardees are recognized annual at the ADPI/ABI Annual Conference in April.

Scholarships

ADPI offers scholarship opportunities for students who are dependents of an employer whose company is a member of ADPI, or is an employee of an ADPI member company, who is in good academic standing at an accredited college or university. Each scholarship is a grant of $2000 to be used towards educational expenses.

Applications are accepted annual in early spring and scholarships recipients are announced at the ADPI/ABI Annual Conference in April each year.

Questions  can be directed to Carl Roode at croode@adpi.org.

Jim Page Memorial Scholarship

The ADPI Jim Page Memorial Scholarship was created in memory of James J. Page who enjoyed a distinguished marketing career in the dairy industry and demonstrated exceptional leadership skills while serving as the Chief Executive Officer of ADPI from 2002 through 2008.

2009 – Chelsie Reinwand (Foremost Farms)
2010 – Cassie Tegeler (Swiss Valley Farms)
2011 – Alesha Radke (Ellsworth Coop. Creamery)
2012 – Elina Vatnikova (Agri-Mark)
2012 – Daniel Nunes (Leprino Foods)
2013 – Amanda Keenan (Leprino Foods)
2013 – Emily Schlein (Swiss Valley Farms)
2014 – Sarah Post (AMPI)
2014 – Michael Azevedo (Hilmar Cheese Company)
2015 – Lauren Sipple (Agropur)
2015 – Charley Bill (Foremost Farms)
2016 – Phuoc Ly (Leprino Foods)
2016 – Sarah Post (Grande Cheese)
2017 – Emma Jordenson (AMPI)
2017 – Justin Spies (Land O’Lakes)
2018 – Jennifer Moehring (Sargento Foods)
2018 – Brandon Carter (Southeast Dairy Foods Research Center)
2018 – Adiar Pech (Agropur)
2019 – Bailey Larson (AMPI)
2019 – Mackenzie Hanisch (Milk Specialties Global)
2020 – Hollie Maccabee (Idaho Milk Products)
2020 – Clare Sipple (Agropur)
2021 – Yasmira Alvarez (Valley Milk)
2021 – Mary Greer (International Ingredients Corp)
2021 – Lydia Rockers (Dairy Farmers of America)

Phillip Tong Educational Scholarship​

The Phillip Tong Educational Scholarship was established in honor of Phillip Tong, PhD, 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 Dr. Tong’s contributions to the Training, Education, and Development of people in the dairy industry and most recently within the scope of Dairy Science & Technology realm and the domain of ADPI member companies, their employees, and/or members of employee families.

2022 will be the first year the Phillip Tong Scholarship will be awarded.