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DIAA Scholarships

DIAA State branches offer a number of travel and professional development scholarships throughout the year. Information will be posted on this page as it becomes available.

$10,000 Adrian Turton Memorial Scholarship

The $10,000 Adrian Turton Memorial Scholarship aims to help DIAA members further their professional development. The scholarship supports the cost of travel and/or study for one DIAA member each year. This may include short-term or full-time study courses. The proposed course of study must be relevant to and return a benefit for the Australian dairy industry. 

Applications close on 30 September each year, for travel in the following year.

Who can apply

The scholarship is available to all financial members of the Dairy Industry Association of Australia. 

How to apply

To apply for the scholarship, please write a letter of application that addresses the following criteria:

  • Proposed travel and/or study itinerary (events, places and people you intend to visit and/or training study course you intend to undertake using scholarship funds)
  • Benefit and relevance of the travel and/or course of study to your career development
  • Benefit of the travel/course of study to the Australian dairy food manufacturing industry at large
  • Proposal for reporting or communicating information/knowledge gained from the scholarship to the wider dairy industry
  • Your CV and full contact details

Your application will not be considered without written permission from your employer, where relevant, to undertake the professional development proposed in the letter of application, as well as their full permission to report on the travel and/or studies funded by the scholarship to the wider Australian dairy industry.

Selection process

The scholarship winner is chosen by the DIAA Scholarship Selection Panel. At the discretion of the Selection Panel, if the criteria or requirements are not fully met by any applicants in a given year, the DIAA may withhold the scholarship until the following year. 

Scholarship conditions

The scholarship winner must submit a fully costed project budget prior to undertaking their proposed travels and/or course of study.

Upon the completion of their proposed travel and/or course of study, the scholarship winner will be required to complete the following requirements prior to their travel/study expenses being reimbursed:

  • Communicate their travel and/or study outcomes to the wider dairy processing industry at the discretion of the DIAA, including but not limited to a report for Australian Dairy Foods magazine, social media and presentations at DIAA events (for example, DIAA State conference or regional meeting in the applicant's home State, as well as the DIAA Victorian State Conference. The applicant must be available to travel further afield for presentations at the discretion and expense of the DIAA.)
  • Complete all communication requirements regarding the outcome of the study in a timely manner as specified by the DIAA
  • Submit all receipts verifying expenditure to the DIAA
  • The scholarship winner must remain a financial DIAA member during their scholarship-funded travels and for at least one year afterwards 

Past winners

Past scholarship winners have come from all sectors of the industry and used their scholarship funds to research topics ranging from processing technology, product innovation and dairy science. 

Year       Winner        Topic   
2018   Jennifer Kaldy, Bulla Dairy Foods   Penn State Ice Cream Short Course,
ice-cream benchmarking and the Vermont Cheese Trail
2017   Norman Repacholi, Dairy Australia   Dairy farmer and processor relationship best practice
2016    Jolanta Ganczarczyk, SA Dairy Authority   Raw milk: consumer choice or pathogen cocktail?
2013            Paul Wilson, Nimbin Valley Dairy                The art and science of affinage
2012   Dave Tarlinton, Norco   Ice-cream trends and innovation from the US
2011   Justine McCarthy, Lion Dairy & Drinks   Hands-on cheesemaking in France
2010   Gina Dal Santo, TAFE SA   Cheese judging and Italian cheese

About Adrian Turton

The late Adrian Turton was a prominent member of the DIAA and its predecessor organisations in Western Australia. He was a strong advocate of young people increasing their technical skills and knowledge. Read more about Adrian Turton 

Need help?

Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., DIAA National Executive Officer, on 03 8742 6600 with any questions about the scholarship or the application process.

DIAA Victoria - IDF World Dairy Summit Scholarship

Each year, DIAA Victoria offers a travelling scholarship to attend the International Dairy Federation World Dairy Summit, which is held in various locations around the world in October.

The scholarship includes:

  • Six nights accommodation in an IDF-recommended hotel
  • Return economy airfares
  • Full registration to the IDF World Dairy Summit
  • Airport transfers and meals (receipts required)
  • Participation in IDF-organised farm or factory tours

Following the summit, the scholarship recipient must provide a written report for Australian Dairy Foods magazine, as well as present at the DIAA Victoria conference. 

Detailed information about the scholarship is available in July each year.