Youth Scholarship Program

$4,000.00 in Scholarship Funds to be Awarded to Youth who Complete the Required Project and submit documentation and application by deadlines. The AGF Scholarship Program is designed 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 of The American Goat Federation or any of its member organizations. List of AGF Members.

The 2018 Scholarship Program requires that projects be about the Scrapie Eradication Program and/or Q Fever, and is funded by a grant through USDA/APHIS.


  • 1. The applicant must be a youth between the ages of 12 and 20, and under the age of 21 as of September 30, 2017.
  • 2. The applicant must:
    a. be enrolled in an accredited college, university, or vocational education program, OR
    b. 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.
    c. Parents must complete and sign the parent section on applications for youth under the age of 18 at time of application.


  • 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. Project must be received at the AGF office by August 20, 2018, and Scholarship application accompanied by a short biography
    must have been received 30 days prior to August 20, 2018.
  • 3. Projects will be judged by an independent panel appointed by the AGF Board of Directors.
  • 4. An Applicant is eligible to apply for the award only once.
  • 5. Scholarships will be awarded by September 25, 2018.
    a. Winners must supply their social security number along with a picture in order to receive scholarship funds.
    Email:, or Phone: 765-430-2075

2017 Scholarship Winners

Mackenzie Taylor Plake is 12 years old and from Tipton, Indiana.  She attends Tipton Middle School and is active in 4-H, a member of IBGC and a junior member of ABGA.  She has 2 dogs, 2 cats, a bird, a rabbit, 10 chickens, and 6 Boer goats.  She received a $750 Scholarship.

John Rumsey lives in Francesville, Indiana and is a freshman at Purdue University studying Animal Science. He has been involved in the Boer goat industry for fourteen years.  He is active in 4-H, Pulaski Co Junior Leaders, West Central FFA, and a member of IBGC.  He has worked at StockVets for 2 years where he has helped with small ruminant reproductive technologies such as embryo transfer (ET) and Laparoscopic artificial insemination (LAI).  He received a $750 Scholarship.

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