Scholarships & Awards

Hereford Youth Foundation Fall Scholarship Program

The Hereford Youth Foundation of America has many wonderful scholarship opportunities available for deserving members of the National Junior Hereford Association. These scholarships are presented each fall in conjunction with the American Hereford Association annual meeting in Kansas City. Application deadline is September 1 of each year. To apply for fall scholarships visit the Scholarship Website.

In the fall of 2017 we will award more than $170,000 in scholarships, including ten, $10,000 scholarships from the Vanier Family in Kansas. 

Named HYFA Scholarships currently available include:

  • Ball Foundation / Cottonwood Springs Farm Scholarship
  • Blin Family Scholarship
  • Bob and Dolores Call Scholarship
  • EE Ranches Scholarships
  • Bob and Lucy Kube Scholarship
  • Ken and Carolyn Larson Scholarship
  • Owen Family / Tennessee River Music Scholarship
  • Perks Ranch Scholarship
  • George and Karen Sprague / Bar One Ranch Scholarship
  • Vanier Family Scholarship
  • Whitehead / Rocking Chair Ranch Scholarship

Gary Bishop Memorial Scholarship

Gary Bishop is a former director of youth activities and director of breed improvement at the American Hereford Association. He passed away in 2002 after a battle with cancer that he met with strength and determination. This scholarship is designed to recognize those youth who demonstrate many of the same qualities that Gary demonstrated: hard working, dedicated, faithful, determined and a friend to all who knew him.

HYFA Spring Scholarship Program

April 1 is the spring scholarship deadline and all spring scholarships are awarded at the Junior National Hereford Expo. Many of these scholarships are offered with the National Hereford Women. To apply for spring scholarships visit the Scholarship Website.

Hereford Herdsman Scholarship

The Herdsman of the American Hereford Association raise funds each year to provide two scholarships to deserving members of the National Junior Hereford Association. The application deadline is April 1 of each year.

Junior Merit Award

The National Junior Merit Award is designed to recognize outstanding college-age junior members and to provide them with further higher education opportunities. The award encourages individual and cooperative effort, enthusiasm, excellence, leadership and achievement and singles out those who are promising Hereford breeders and beef industry members. Applications must be submitted to AHA by April 1.

Walter and Joe Lewis Memorial Award

One of the most coveted and historic awards at the Junior National Hereford Expo is the “Walter and Joe Lewis Memorial Award.” The Walter and Joe Lewis Award will be awarded to the high point senior competitor at the current Junior National Hereford Expo, recognizing overall achievement in leadership, teamwork, skills and competition and will be presented at the conclusion of the annual event.

John Wayne Memorial Scholarship

The American Hereford Youth Foundation and the American Hereford Women award two college scholarships to NJHA members who make outstanding contributions to agriculture and the Hereford industry. Applications are due April 1.

Poll-Ette Founders Scholarship

The Poll-Ette Founders Scholarship was established in 2003 in an effort to award deserving young Hereford breeders. The National Organization of Poll-Ettes through the Hereford Youth Foundation of America presents the scholarship. Application deadline is April 1.

Golden Bull Achievement Award

Golden Bull achievement awards will be presented annually to deserving NJHA members.  The award consists of a bronze Hereford bull model from the AHA and NJHA and a cash award from the Hereford Youth Foundation of America. Application deadline is April 1.

Charles E. Boyd Sr. Memorial Scholarship

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.