Each year the Hereford Youth Foundation of America awards more than $200,000 of scholarships to deserving National Junior Hereford Association members. Don’t miss your opportunity to expand your educational opportunities through the Spring and Fall scholarship programs. Applications for Fall HYFA scholarships are due Sept. 1 and will be awarded virtually prior to the American Hereford Association’s Annual Meeting. Spring scholarship applications are due April 1 and will be awarded at the Junior National Hereford Expo. All scholarship applications along with letters of reference, transcripts and photos must be filled out and submitted online through Submittable.
Gary Bishop, an Oklahoma native, first began working for the American Hereford Association in 1973 serving in the capacities of assistant director of Total Performance Records, director of feedlot and carcass programs and director of field services. He also served as director of youth activities, a job that he held in high esteem throughout his life, as he dedicated much of his energy working for the betterment of the Hereford youth organization.
A former junior director sums up Gary’s impact with this statement: “I and many others who were privileged to know and learn from (Gary). We will honor him by continuing to practice the inspiring characteristics that he taught. I was terribly shy, but he never gave up on me and kept pushing me out there until I realized that I could do it. It’s hard to think of anybody who loved raising good cattle and helping good kids more than Gary Bishop.”
Bishop left the AHA in 1983 to manage the family’s large purebred and commercial Hereford ranching operation in Montana. He was actively engaged in community organizations, particularly his church and the 4-H program. Alway sinnovative and in pursuit of a new challenge, he helped many youths step out of their comfort zone to reach new heights. He rejoined AHA in 2000 as director of breed improvement.
Gary passed away Dec. 17, 2002, after fighting a battle with cancer that he met with strength and determination. His many friends called him hard working, dedicated, faithful, determined, a perfectionist and a true gentleman who came to work each day until the end with a gentle smile on his face and ready to face the challenges of the day; a man of principle, whose character was complemented by his capability; that he was a friend to all who knew him and always had kind words to say- even when the going got tough. This scholarship is designed to recognize those youth who demonstrate many of the same qualities that Gary demonstrated.
A $2,500 scholarship will be awarded to a deserving member of the NJHA to continue financing their college education. This scholarship will be funded through the Hereford Youth Foundation of America.
Deadline is Sept. 1.
The Hereford Youth Foundation of America scholarship program is designed to provide recognition for outstanding members of the National Junior Hereford Association. Its purpose is to encourage individual and cooperative effort, enthusiasm, excellence, leadership, academic success and achievement among youth and to develop successful individuals as good leaders for both the Hereford breed and the beef industry.
Fall HYFA Scholarships Include:
Deadline is Sept. 1.
The newest scholarship endowment is from the Merry family and MGM Polled Herefords of Hartford, Wis. MGM West – owned by Marian and Gordon Merry – began in 1956 with two cows. Gordon and his wife, Marian, used the MGM acronym for their farm name and had five children to show cattle under that prefix – contributing to a string of success for the family.
Gordon Merry got his start in registered polled Herefords on his own in 1955 after graduating from the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine in 1954. Gordon was the second generation of what has become five generations of Merry Polled Hereford breeders. The Wisconsin Hereford Association honored Gordon as a life-long member with a 50 year-Gold Breeder Award. Of all the ribbons, titles and trophies that Gordon Merry earned over his 50+ years as a Gold Breeder, he shared the most satisfying of all his accomplishments was the friendship of fellow breeders and preservation of family tradition and involvement in the breed.
After Gordon and Marian passed away, the family asked in lieu of flowers, contributions be made to the couple’s endowment to the MGM scholarship fund which will be given to veterinary students with an interest in Hereford cattle.
MGM Polled Herefords believe the future of agriculture lies in the hands of our industry’s hard-working youth. The Merry family recognizes the dedication required from young people to raise and exhibit livestock and they wish to reward juniors who are passionate about Hereford cattle.
Deadline is Sept. 1
The family of John and Estelle Matasovic originally established the OXO World Traveler scholarship in memory of their parents through the Hereford Youth Foundation of America. The scholarship was designed to award exceptional Hereford youth with the opportunity to travel to the World Hereford Conference every four years at various destinations around the world and to serve as an ambassador of the American Hereford Association (AHA) on the tour group traveling throughout the host country.
The 2024 World Hereford Conference will be held in Kansas City, Mo. Details regarding the 2024 conference will be coming soon.
Deadline is Sept. 1, 2023.
The Kentucky and Ohio Hereford Associations, along with HYFA, are presenting a scholarship to provide recognition for an outstanding member of the NJHA. Its purpose is to encourage individual cooperative effort, enthusiasm, excellence, leadership, academic success and achievement among youth, and to develop successful individuals as good leaders for both the Hereford breed and the beef industry. This scholarship is made possible by excess funds from the 2006 JNHE held in Louisville, Ky., and hosted by the Ohio and Kentucky Hereford Associations.
A point system will be used to select the scholarship recipient based upon the following:
Deadline April 1.
Charles E. Boyd Sr. was a third generation Hereford breeder that mentored youth in the agriculture industry. Throughout his lifetime, he was recognized on local, state, and national levels for his accomplishments. He was a prominent beef cattle judge at all major livestock shows and exhibited several International and National Champion Hereford cattle.
Determination, hard work and honesty were qualities he not only passed down to his family, but to those he helped along the way. He was never too busy to share his knowledge in the areas of feeding and breeding high-quality Polled Herefords. Selflessly giving to others without recognition is how he lived his life. His service to the agriculture industry has influenced young people and their families for many years. The Charles E. Boyd Sr. Scholarship will continue to help young people in the Hereford breed who plan to go to college and pursue a degree in agriculture.
Deadline April 1.
Golden Bull junior achievement awards are presented each year. A bronze Hereford bull model from the American Hereford Association and the National Junior Hereford Association and cash stipend from the Hereford Youth Foundation of America and National Hereford Women will be awarded to four junior members.
Scholarships will be awarded to two deserving members of the National Junior Hereford Association to continue financing their education. This scholarship will be funded through the Hereford Youth Foundation of America through funds designated to the Hereford Herdsman Fund that is supported by Hereford Herdsman and Sullivan Supply. Scholarship amounts will be based on funds available through the Herdsman Scholarship Fund on a yearly basis.
The Hereford Youth Foundation of America and National Hereford Women will annually award two college scholarships to individuals having made outstanding contributions to agriculture and the Hereford industry. Two winners will be announced at the Junior National Hereford Expo.
Deadline is April 1.
The National Junior Merit Scholarship program is designed to provide recognition for outstanding members of the National Junior Hereford Association (NJHA). Its purpose is to encourage individual and cooperative effort, enthusiasm, excellence, leadership, and achievement among youth and to develop good breeders for both Herefords and the beef industry.
These scholarships are awarded to further higher education opportunities for NJHA members. The NJHA appreciates the value of a college or technical education and urges juniors to take advantage of every educational opportunity. Each year up to three college scholarships are provided by the Hereford Youth Foundation of America. First place is awarded a monetary scholarship, plus a subsidized trip to a Hereford operation in the continental U.S. provided by American Livestock Inc. Second place and third place are awarded monetary scholarships.
Applications are provided to the National Junior Merit Award selection committee for their designation of applicants who will compete for the three scholarship awards.
In evaluating applications, the selection committee will evaluate the following area:
Deadline April 1.
Honoring the women who laid the foundation for the National Organization of Poll- ette’s. The NOP was organized in 1965 and at that time it was known as National Council of Poll- ette’s.
Two scholarships will be awarded to members of the National Junior Hereford Association to continue financing their education. These scholarships will be funded through the Hereford Youth Foundation of America, but managed by the National Hereford Women
Deadline is April 1.
The Bud B.C. Snidow Award, sponsored by the National Hereford Women, will be given at the JNHE to a deserving NJHA member who exemplifies the qualities most admired in Bud B.C. Snidow. Some of these qualities are honesty, fairness, hard work, enthusiasm and dedication to the Hereford breed and its people..
In an effort to properly select the most deserving junior member, advisors of each state junior association are asked to officially nominate one junior member from their state for this award.
All nominations must be uploaded to Submittable by April 1.
Deadline is April 1.