Youth Scholarship Program

$1,000 Scholarships Available for ages 17-21
$500 Scholarships Available for ages 12-16
[funded under a cooperative agreement with USDA/APHIS/VS]
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.
    • The applicant must be 17 or under the age of 22 as of October 1, 2020.
    • 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, 4-H Education, National Goat Conference, TSGRA Convention, etc.).
    • The applicant must be 12 or under the age of 17 as of October 1, 2020.
    • 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.
    1. Completion and presentation (to a peer group) of a goat-related educational project about scrapie with a focus on animal identification and recordkeeping, or Q-fever with a focus on proper management and negative consequences for producers and the general public. 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 May 1, 2021. [Download a Scholarship Application]
    3. Project must be received at the AGF office and postmarked or emailed by July 1, 2021.
    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 during the award year, and applicants who have received a scholarship are not eligible to apply again.
    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 August 30, 2021.
    Winners must supply their social security number along with a picture in order to receive scholarship funds.
    Samuel Patterson, age 13, was awarded a $500 Scholarship. He was was born March 15 2007 in Siloam Springs Arkansas and raised in Stilwell, Oklahoma. When he was 7 his brother’s dairy goat had kids and he sold one of the kids to Sam. “And that’s how I got into goats,” Sam said. “I have really enjoyed the goat project and still do it today.”

    4-H has been a major part of Sam’s life. He’s been a junior county officer every year he’s been enrolled and he says he enjoys every part of being an officer and helping others through 4-H. In addition to 4-H, at the age of 6 or 7 he began volunteering as song leader at his church.

    Sam says his first year of showing goats was probably the hardest. “It was where I learned how much responsibility it would take to raise a larger animal,” he said. He started with a Nubian type doe named Blizzard who was named that for her white speckled ears. On the second year he started doing showmanship. That was the year he got Marron Khoom, a Nubian recorded grade. “Since I was only 8 I was still a junior and showmanship was still pretty easy. They just asked body parts, but not score card,” he said. “I learned a lot of how to feed, medicate, and the importance of checking my goats every day. This is also the same year I got Bunnies. They were Satins and had really soft hair. They were a fun project, and I enjoyed having them, but I did eventually sell them.”

    On the third year of his goat career he kidded out Blizzard, a doe he bought from his brother, and he also bought a new one, so he now had 4 goats. This was the year a tornado hit a show he was at in Texas. “That was one of the most memorable shows I went to. When the tornado siren went off everyone let go of their goats and ran to the restrooms which were solid concrete. When we got out of the bathrooms all the goats were in a brawl.” He was an intermediate for his fourth year in 4-H and had to study a scorecord. He learned that the four main parts to the scorecard are Mammary System, Body Capacity, General Appearance, and Dairy Strength. He also had to learn more body parts, flaws, and pros/cons of my doe.

    On the fifth year he finally had doelings and he added three does to his group. The year before he only got bucklings, but sold them to have money to buy does. Last year was his sixth year of showing, and he had seven goats, Carmen, Cinnamon, Hera, Athena, Liberty III, Violet, and Monterey. At the end of the show year he bought a Nubian buck to breed to his does. This year is his seventh year of showing. He bought a Nubian doe and kidded out Hera and Monterey. “I love every one of my goats and hope that one day I can show them at nationals,” he said.

    Samuel's project that won him an AGF/USDA Scholarship was on scrapie: View his Project

    Isabel Perdomo, age 18, was awarded a $1,000 Scholarship. She has always loved agriculture. Her parents started a small herd of dairy goats when she was eight years old, and later they moved out into the country onto an 8-acre parcel of land. Currently, they have about 30 dairy goats, but over the past 10 years, they've had over 180 goats birthed on the farm.

    As the oldest of six children, she has helped manage the farm and assist her parents in all aspects of it including helping with birthing, milking the mothers, feeding the herd, determining breedings, and monitoring the herd health.The farm also gave her the opportunity to become involved with 4-H where she could showcase her goats and compete in the show ring. "Although I was extremely shy at first, my love of the animals got me to work hard and gain confidence to compete and share about our farm," she said. Over the years, she has traveled around the state mentoring other youth and competing at different events. "I love to show my goats in the ring and talk with different judges. My favorite competition is the state fair, in which you have to not just show your animal in the ring, but learn skills for a skill-a-thon competition, keep a record book, record an illustrated talk, and more," she explained. She placed in the top four in the goat section, as well as in the top six in the overall species contest for the past two years, thus becoming a Champion Youth Ambassador for the State Fair. She has participated in other 4-H projects that include creating a butterfly garden and planting vegetable and herb gardens on her family's farm."While 4-H has certainly provided me with opportunities in various competitions, it has also given me an area where I could develop my leadership skills and practice them in an effective way," she said.

    Upon entering high school she began running for club office positions, and worked her way from treasurer, to secretary, to vice president, and finally president of the club. She has also served on the board of the Youth County Council and been in charge of several community outreaches. As a Champion Youth ambassador for the state fair, she travel around the state to promote the Champion Youth Program and had to opportunity to meet community leaders such as the Commissioner of Agriculture and show them hands-on about the program.

    In addition to her farm and animal skills, Isabel has been able to use the skills and talents she gained to reach out to her community in other ways. She took her love for crocheting and sewing and formed a club called The Gifted Givers. In this club, they create projects that are needed in the community including: crocheted hats for newborns, scarves for soldiers, bandanas for soldiers, pillowcases for children with cancer, and more. Through 4-H, she was able to head up several service projects, including a bake sale to raise money for No Kid Hungry, an organization run by Feeding America; a paper goods drive for Hope Children’s Home, a local orphanage; and currently, a hospital mask sewing drive to help combat COVID19. "Overall, the experiences through both 4-H and Gifted Givers have played a large role in determining my next steps for the future – I found a passion for helping those in need, and I do not want to spend my life helping just a few; I want to spend my life helping as many as I can," she explained.

    She is attending Patrick Henry College in pursuit of an International Relations degree this fall. This is an area in which I feel with my agriculture and leadership experience I can make a positive difference. After she earns an International Relations degree, she said she would would love to become involved in either the United Nations or a nonprofit organization where she can take her knowledge of agriculture to various third world countries around the world to promote sustainable living through agriculture.

    Isabel project was on Q Fever. View her Project

    Amy Newman, age 20, was awarded a $1,000 Scholarship. She is from Fort Collins, Colorado. She just finished her second year studying Agriculture Business and Animal Science at the University of Wyoming. Along with raising cattle and participating in livestock judging throughout her 4-H career, Amy is also heavily involved in showing and raising dairy goats. She and her sisters I have been raising goats for around nine years, showing across the country and mentoring youth along the way.

    Amy chose to do a project about Q Fever. View her Project.

    Tyler Branch, age 19, was awarded a $1,000 Scholarship. He is a sophomore Biochemistry Major at Mississippi State University and plans to become veterinarian. He graduated from the Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science in 2019. In high school, he was a member of the Varsity Baseball Team, Debate Team, Beta Club, Wags and Whiskers, Step Team and Voices of Harmony. In addition, his high school community service activities include volunteering as a mentor at the Lowndes County Boys and Girls Club, Horses for Handicapped and the Lexington Nursing Home. During his freshman college year he was a member of Freshman Council, NAACP, New Maroon Camp, and Day One. In addition, he performed community service at the Lowndes County Humane Society.

    Tyler grew up in Lexington, Mississippi where he was a member of the Holmes County 4-H for 13 years. During that time, he participated in several 4-H activities including Livestock Judging, Dairy Product Judging, 4-H National and State Congress, Project Achievement Day, Leadership for Life, Robotics, Livestock Bowl, Horse Bowl, MS Legislative Day and many other activities. When asked what his favorite project was, Travis said, “The project I am most proud of, is my goat project. I showed Boer goats for 10 years. In that time, I learned how to win and lose. I learned patience, a strong work ethic, responsibility, and a sense of humility. I was fortunate enough to win at the county, district, and state levels.” After aging out of 4-H Tyler has remained involved by assisting youth 4-Hers with their goat projects. Presently, he is the President of the MS Youth Club Goat Association.

    Tyler’s project that won him an AGF/USDA scholarship is a power point presentation about Scrapie. View his Project.

    Isabelle Kettler, age 19, was awarded a $1,000 Scholarship. She grew up in a rural part of Saginaw County Michigan. She attended high school at Michigan Lutheran Seminary where she lived in a dorm all four years. Currently, she is a Sophomore at Martin Luther College in New Ulm, Minnesota where she is studying to be a Secondary Life Science teacher. "Science has touched many facets of my life and is my passion and sets my heart on fire," she said. Isabelle is employed as a biology technician by Saginaw County Mosquito Abatement Commission, and is a registered Commercial Pesticide Applicator. She has also worked as a caretaker and general laborer at an 8,000 hog nursery and finishing operation with Mages Farms in Sleepy Eye, Minnesota. "As a collegiate athlete, my superpower is throwing," she said. She enjoys Shot Put, Discus, and Hammer throwing, as well as sewing, kayaking, camping, and reading.

    Isabelle showed multiple species of animals during her 13 years of 4H including, rabbits, goats(dairy & meat), turkeys, sheep, hogs, and feeder calves. She says that meat goats have been her mainstay. She has shown and exhibited at the Saginaw County Fair and the Michigan State 4H Goat Show, and has won many awards at the MSU Goat Expo in several divisions. During the 100th year of the Saginaw County Fair in 2013, she earned the coveted awards of Junior Goat Showman, Junior Overall Showman, and Overall Showman. In 2019, she was the Saginaw County 4H Outstanding Teen and the Saginaw County Fair Outstanding Youth Exhibitor. In addition, Isabelle served on the Saginaw County Fair Junior Fair Board where she lead hands-on demonstrations of showing different species of Livestock and, assists as a Junior Goat Department Superintendent. I also mentor youth as a teen leader in my 4H Club.

    "It’s hard to believe my love of animals started with two kids, myself and my best four-legged friend, Addie the goat," she said. She continued, "We led each other through a life of joy and excitement with times of pain and sorrow. The lessons learned throughout the life of best friends are not something you would learn from a textbook. I bought my first “sleek, black, Cadillac” when I was 5 years old. Addie was a black Nigerian Dwarf. I lost my best friend in 2016 due to labor complications. My world as I knew it would never be the same. Addie paved the path for many more cloven-footed loves of my life. I embraced the Boer breed and have successfully raised and produced multiple Boer market goats."

    Isabelle’s project that won her an AGF/USDA scholarship is a paper about Scrapie. View her Project.