Need To Jumpstart Cheesemaking Career? Wisconsin Cheesemaker Scholarship Available

January 16, 2013 at 5:23 pm

Wisconsin Cheese Originals is offering a $2,500 scholarship to help one new Wisconsin artisan cheesemaker earn his or her cheesemaking license this year. These scholarships are necessary, in large part, because Wisconsin is the only state to require cheesemakers to be licensed. Licensing can be a lengthy process that takes as long as eighteen months, and requires attendance at five cheesemaking courses and 240 hours of apprenticeship with a licensed Wisconsin cheesemaker.

Applications for the 2013 Wisconsin Cheese Originals Beginning Cheesemaker Scholarship are due by March 15. The recipient will be chosen by a review committee and notified by April 1. Past scholarships have gone to Anna Landmark, who plans to craft both fresh and aged sheep’s milk cheeses, including thistle-rennet cheeses, which will require her to develop her own rennet from thistle flowers; Rose Boero, a dairy goat breeder in Custer, Wis, who crafts a variety of goat’s milk cheeses at Willow Creek Cheese; and Katie Hedrich, another goat’s milk cheesemaker, who took Best in Show for her goat’s milk cheese, Evalon, at the 2011 U.S. Champion Cheese Contest, and was named the 2011 U.S. Champion Cheesemaker, the youngest licensed cheesemaker to ever earn the title.

For more information and to download the application, please go here.