High school graduates and college students who are preparing for a career in managing and/or marketing Registered Jersey cattle are encouraged to apply for the Fred Stout Experience Awards.

Two awards are offered for 2010: (1) a two- or three-month summer internship with Jersey Marketing Service, Reynoldsburg, Ohio, and (2) an on-farm, structured internship in Jersey herd management.

The awards honor the memory of Fred J. Stout Jr., Mt. Carmel, Ill., a lifelong Jersey breeder and member of the Jersey Marketing Service staff from 1978 to 1997 who believed that the best learning experiences happen in the everyday world.

To apply, submit a one-page résumé listing work experience, skills and relevant qualifications. In a separate cover letter state the option you wish to apply for (JMS, on-farm internship, or both). Discuss your ambitions, goals and career aspirations, including plans for achieving them. Summarize your previous experience with and continued interest in Registered Jersey cattle. Explain how and why the Fred Stout Experience will be of benefit to you in achieving your goals.

Applicants must also request two letters of support, one from an active breeder of Registered Jersey (excluding immediate family members), and the other from a teacher, mentor or past employer. These must be mailed directly by the supporters to the American Jersey Cattle Association (AJCA) office.

Applications and letters of support must be postmarked no later than February 1, 2010 and addressed to Fred Stout Experience, American Jersey Cattle Association, 6486 E. Main Street, Reynoldsburg, OH 43068-2362.

Previous recipients of the Fred Stout Experience Award are Tara Bohnert, Illinois (2003), Allison Waggoner, South Carolina (2004), Dan Bauer, Wisconsin (2005), Aaron Horst, Pennsylvania (2006), Jacob Pieper, Maryland (2007), Katie Albaugh, Maryland (2008), and Brady Core, Kentucky (2009).

Financial support is provided by a permanent endowment created in 2001 by friends and colleagues of Fred Stout. For more information on the Fred Stout Experience, contact Cherie L. Bayer, AJCA Director of Development, at (614) 861-3636.

Source: American Jersey Cattle Association