Youth Scholarship Program

 
2019 YOUTH SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM
$1,000 Scholarships Available for ages 17-21
$500 Scholarships Available for ages 12-16

[funded by a grant from USDA/APHIS]

 
PURPOSE:
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.    [MEMBER ORGANIZATIONS:  Alabama Meat Goat & Sheep Producers, American Boer Goat Association, American Dairy Goat Association, Cashmere Goat Association, North American Savannah Association, Texas Sheep & Goat Raisers Association]
 
EXPECTATIONS:  TIER 1

  1. The applicant must be 17 or under the age of 22 as of October 1, 2018.
  2. The applicant must:
    1. be enrolled in an accredited college, university, or vocational education program, or planning to attend post high school training OR
    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).

 
EXPECTATIONS:  TIER 2

  1. The applicant must be 12 or under the age of 17 as of October 1, 2018.
  2. The applicant must:
    1. 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.

 
REQUIREMENTS:  BOTH TIERS

  1. 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.
  2. Scholarship Application accompanied by a short biography must be received in the AGF office and postmarked or emailed by June 1, 2019. [Download an Application]
  3. Project must be received at the AGF office and postmarked or emailed by August 1, 2019.
  4. Projects will be judged by an independent panel appointed by the AGF Board of Directors.
  5. An Applicant is eligible to apply for the award only once.
  6. Parents must complete and sign the parent section on applications for youth under the age of 18 at time of application.
  7. Scholarships will be awarded by September 25, 2019.
    1. Winners must supply their social security number along with a picture in order to receive scholarship funds.

 

2018 $1,000.00 Scholarship Winners

Jona Fletcher, from Martinsville, Indiana, is a junior at the University of Saint Francis in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Jona is a pre-vet major pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in biology and plans to attend Purdue University Veterinary School. She was a 10 year member of 4-H and has owned goats her entire life. She is a certified member of the Morgantown Technical Large Animal Rescue Team (TLEAR) and has volunteered at Allen Farms since 2017 to rehabilitate orphaned white tail deer. Jona did a power point presentation on Scrapie in the United States. View Jona's Project

Kyler Mason,from Bedford, Indiana, graduated from Bedford North Lawrence High School this past May and will be attending Vincennes University for 2 years before transferring to Purdue University to pursue a degree in Ag Education. Kyler has been an integral part of his family’s K2M Farms since 2009 when they purchased their first Boer goats. Kyler is an FFA member and was a 10 year member of 4-H and has shown both at 4-H and open shows. He has helped with the 4-H Goat Club teaching others about the goat industry and in addition to teaching, he would like to become an FFA Advisor. Kyler did a tri-fold poster presentation on scrapie and Q Fever.  View Kyler's Project

Courtney Newman, from Fort Collins, Colorado, is a freshman at University of Wyoming studying Agricultural Economics and Animal Science. She graduated from high school last May with a high school diploma in addition to Associate degrees in Agriculture Business and Animal Science from Aims Community College. Courtney raises LaMancha dairy goats and has shown dairy goats competitively across the country. She has been heavily involved in 4-H and was named an All-American at the 2017 National 4-H Livestock Judging Contest. Courtney did a tri-fold poster presentation on both scrapie and Q Fever.  View Courtney's project

Leigha Whitaker, from Dyer, Tennessee, is a freshman at the 2 year Dyersburg State Community College. She plans to continue her education after that at the University of Tennessee to pursue a degree in Animal Science. Leigha is a member of the American Boer Goat Association and has her own herd of 86 registered Boer Goats, all of which were purchased using her winnings from her fair and show money, savings and profits from selling offspring from her goat herd. Leigha wrote an eight page paper with references on scrapie. View Leigha's Project

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