Michigan youth livestock scholarships available

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Since 2000, the Michigan Youth Livestock Scholarship Fund (MYLSF) has awarded more than $275,000 in scholarships and educational awards to outstanding youth who have exhibited at livestock events in Michigan.

Applications for another round of MYLSF general and statewide scholarships are now being accepted through June 17. Get application details.

To be eligible for either the MYLSF general or 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.

Source: Michigan Farm Bureau



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