Since 2000, the Michigan Youth Livestock Scholarship Fund (MYLSF) has awarded $533,000 in scholarships and educational awards to outstanding youth who have exhibited at the premier livestock events in the state of Michigan.
In 2019, a select number of applicants may be offered an opportunity to be interviewed, at the discretion of the MYLSF, prior to the Michigan Livestock Expo Sale-abration event for larger scholarship awards up to $5,000.
“The Michigan Youth Livestock Scholarship Fund has been a great example of collaboration between agriculture industry and business,” said Ernie Birchmeier, Michigan Farm Bureau’s Livestock Specialist. “It’s imperative we all work together to invest in the future of our industry and the MYLSF is one way we are doing that. The Michigan Livestock Expo Sale-abration event serves as the funding mechanism and has allowed us to reward hundreds of youth with hundreds of thousands of dollars of educational awards and scholarships over the years. We’re excited about continuing that tradition in 2019.”
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, the Michigan Dairy Expo or the former Michigan State Fair, 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 the Michigan Livestock Expo Sale-abration auction as well as charitable donations help fund the scholarships. The fund is governed by a 10-member board comprised of volunteers from Michigan’s agricultural community. In 2018, approximately $15,000 was deposited in the Michigan Education Saving Plans for youth exhibitors that compete in judging and showmanship events at the Michigan Livestock Expo on the Michigan State University campus.
The 2018 $3,000 general scholarship winners were:
The 2018 $2,500 scholarship winner was:
The 2018 $2,000 general scholarship winners were:
The 2018 $1,500 general scholarship winners were:
The 2018 $1,000 scholarships winners were:
The 2018 $500 scholarships winners were:
A 2018 statewide $1,000 scholarship was awarded to McKenzie Chapman of Bellevue.
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 May 17, 2019. If you have any questions, please contact Jeff Haarer, Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural, at 517-284-5642 or Ernie Birchmeier,Michigan Farm Bureau, at 517-679-5335.