Since 2000, the Michigan Youth Livestock Scholarship Fund has awarded more than $275,000 in scholarships and educational awards to outstanding youth who have exhibited at the premier livestock events in the state of Michigan.
To be eligible for either the MYLSF general scholarship or the statewide scholarship, the applicant must be a resident of Michigan and a graduating high school senior or a high school graduate continuing their education at an accredited institution in the year in which they are applying.
For the general MYLSF scholarship, the applicant must be a youth exhibitor at the Michigan Livestock Expo or the Michigan Dairy Expo for a minimum of three calendar years prior to the year of application. For the statewide scholarship, an applicant must be a youth exhibitor at a local, county, or statewide exhibition for a minimum of three years prior to the year of application.
Specific proceeds from past Michigan State Fair Youth Livestock Auctions and the Michigan Livestock Expo as well as charitable donations help fund the scholarships. The fund is governed by an 11-member board comprised of volunteers from Michigan's agricultural community with the corpus of the fund held at the Battle Creek Community Foundation. In 2011, approximately $20,000 will be deposited in the Michigan Education Saving Plan for youth exhibitors that compete in judging and showmanship events at the Michigan Livestock Expo on the Michigan State University campus from July 15 -17, 2011.
The 2010 MYLSF $1,500 general scholarship winners were: Bailey Albright of Coldwater; Taylor Copes of New Lorthrop; Jordan Hieber of Ubly; Laura Krhovsky of Corunna; Morgan McKay of Holly; Sarah Michalek of Deckerville; and Brandi Rupprecht of Vassar. The statewide $1,000 scholarship winner was Terra Koebel of Three Oaks. The Gene Thompson $500 scholarships were awarded to Jillian Gatsey of Williamston and Kayla Kuchta of Ann Arbor.
Applications and qualification requirements for the MYLSF and the statewide scholarship can be obtained at www.michigan.gov/mda-mylsf. Applications must be postmarked no later than June 17, 2011. If you have any questions, please contact Jeff Haarer, Michigan Department of Agriculture & Rural Development's Producer Security Section Manager, at 517-241-2865; or Ernie Birchmeier, Michigan Farm Bureau's Livestock & Dairy Specialist, at 517-323-7000.