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EAST LANSING, MI -- Allison Pung of Portland, MI, was chosen as the 2016-17 recipient of the John and Barbara Dilland endowed scholarship through the Michigan Dairy Memorial and Scholarship Foundation, Inc. (MDMSF) at Michigan State University (MSU).  The $4,000 scholarship is named in honor of John Dilland, former controller, director of finance, and general manager for the Michigan Milk Producers Association (MMPA), and his wife, Barbara.  The award is presented to an MSU sophomore, junior, or senior student majoring in the field of agribusiness management.

Pung, the daughter of Alan and Robin Pung, received the award based on her academic achievements and involvement in extracurricular activities.  She is a senior at MSU, pursuing a degree in agribusiness management and expects to graduate in May 2017.

After graduation, Pung plans to work as a credit intern and dairy analyst at GreenStone Farm Credit Services.

The John and Barbara Dilland endowed scholarship was established in 2010 by the MMPA upon John’s retirement.  He held the positions of controller, director of finance, and general manager over the course of his 35 years of service in leadership capacities on several national organizations including the National Council of Farmer Cooperatives, the National Milk Producers Federation and the Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy.  In Michigan, he served on the board of directors for the Michigan FFA Foundation and the Michigan Dairy Memorial and Scholarship Foundation.

The Michigan Dairy Memorial and Scholarship Foundation oversees the largest scholarship program in the MSU College of Agriculture and Natural Resources and one of the largest at MSU.

For information on making contributions to honor members of the dairy industry or to support student scholarships, please contact the MSU College of Agriculture and Natural Resources External Relations at 517-355-0284. To learn more about the Michigan Dairy Memorial and Scholarship Foundation, contact Dr. Miriam Weber Nielsen in the MSU Department of Animal Science at 517-432-5443.

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