$1,000 Scholarships Available for ages 17-21
$500 Scholarships Available for ages 12-16
[funded by a grant from USDA/APHIS]
To encourage education and development of youth involved in the goat industry and who hold a current membership, or whose parents or guardians are members in The American Goat Federation or any of its member organizations. [View MEMBER ORGANIZATIONS
- The applicant must be 17 or under the age of 22 as of October 1, 2019.
- The applicant must:
EXPECTATIONS: TIER 1
- be enrolled in an accredited college, university, or vocational education program, or planning to attend post high school training OR
- specify use of the funds to attend a goat-oriented educational and/or national goat-related event (e.g., National FFA convention, ABGA convention, ADGA convention).
- The applicant must be 12 or under the age of 17 as of October 1, 2019.
- The applicant must:
EXPECTATIONS: TIER 2
- specify use of the funds to attend a goat-oriented educational and/or national goat-related event (e.g., National FFA convention, ABGA convention, ADGA convention.), or other similar educational opportunity, or hold funds for attendance at an accredited college, university, or vocational program at a later date.
- Completion and presentation (to a peer group) of a goat-related educational project with a focus on scrapie and/or Q-fever. Presentation may be in the form of a poster project, paper with pictures, power-point presentation or a video.
- Scholarship Application accompanied by a short biography must be received in the AGF office and postmarked or emailed by June 1, 2020. [Download a Scholarship Application]
- Project must be received at the AGF office and postmarked or emailed by August 1, 2020.
- Projects will be judged by an independent panel appointed by the AGF Board of Directors.
- An Applicant is eligible to apply for the award only once.
- Parents must complete and sign the parent section on applications for youth under the age of 18 at time of application.
- Scholarships will be awarded by September 25, 2020.
REQUIREMENTS: BOTH TIERS
Vincent Sanders, age 15 from Temple, Texas was awarded a $500.00 Scholarship. He goes by the name, "Vinny."
He is in the 10th grade at Tupelo High School in Tupelo, MS, but recently moved to Texas. He is in the honors program with a focus on STEM classes and activities.Vinny has been a 4-H member since he turned eight years old. He said he enjoys spending time with his goats and working on his Dairy Goat Project. 2019 has been his best year to date. His four does produced eight female offspring, and he said he cannot wait to take them into the show ring. Although he loves showing goats and playing with the babies, he truly enjoy competing in other related projects as well. At the state level competition he has won first place in Electrical Engineering and Veterinary Science. His Veterinary Science Visual Presentation topics have included Scrapie, Johnes, Brucellosis and Q fever. He plans to attend the University of Texas at Austin and study psychology. Vinny chose to do a project on Q Fever. View Vinny's Project
View the Script for Vinny's Project
Blake has been very fortunate and successful in the livestock industry with the help of her family. Her father is a Dairy Inspector for the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship. He is commissioned by the FDA and USDA to inspect Grade B dairy farms, which includes milking goat producers. Currently his territory has 75 dairy goat farms with approximately 9,000 head of milking goats. Her mother is the Associate Director of Patient Financial Services at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. Blake is enrolled at Iowa State University and intends to pursue a degree in Animal Science with undetermined career plans. Blake chose to submit a project on Scrapie. View Blake's Project
Jonah Holland, age 20 from Belmont, Mississippi was awarded a $1,000.00 Scholarship. He recently completed his Freshman year at Mississippi State University within the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. His major is Agricultural Communications-Education and he has a Student Worker position in the Agricultural Communications department as an assistant photographer.He was home schooled and raised on an artisan goat dairy. Jonah says that 4-H was his most meaningful youth activity and allowed him to develop leadership skills. He was elected as an officer locally, and on a county level as well as a state level. He served as a county and state 4-H ambassador for four years as well as a state shooting sports ambassador for three. His involvement earned many national trips including four trips to Washington, D.C., the National 4-H Dairy Conference and the World Dairy Expo. He was chosen to work with the planning committee for the National 4-H Dairy Conference, and was awarded the Congressional Award Bronze, Silver and Gold medals.
Jonah credits his small herd of dairy goats for teaching him life skills and lessons. He began showing them when he was five years old. He worked to build a herd that he could be proud of and was awarded by winning many ribbons, rosettes, banners and top honors. While in college, he has been working with other youth and their dairy goat projects. He has also taken over the marketing and social media for the family dairy and soap company. Jonah submitted a project on Scrapie. View Jonah's Project