Sep 06 2018

’18 Scholarship & Showmanship

Purina Mills’ Scholarship Deadline & Showmanship Contest Rapidly Approaching

November 5, 2018, is the deadline to apply for the annual scholarships awarded by Purina Mills and the New Mexico Cattle Growers Association’s (NMCGA’s) Young Cattlemen’s Leadership Committee (YCLC).

“We are pleased to be able to offer these scholarships once again, and appreciate Purina Mills and our Allied Industries Committee making it possible,” said Tom Sidwell, NMCGA President, Quay.  “We have some great young people in New Mexico agriculture, and want help them as much as possible as they look to the future.” 

The $1,000 Purina Mills scholarship will be awarded to a New Mexico student who is a member of the NMCGA, the New Mexico Junior Cattle Growers Association, or the child of an NMCGA member.  Graduating high school seniors, and college freshmen, sophomores and juniors in good academic standing are eligible to apply for the award.  In addition, the Young Cattlemen’s Leadership Committee and the Allied Industries Committee will also be presenting two $500 scholarships – one to a high school senior and one to a continuing college student – at this same time.

“College can be very expensive for students and their families.  We are pleased to be able to offer these scholarships and encourage all eligible students to apply,” Sidwell said.  “We want to help NMCGA members and their families continue their education and hopefully return to the agriculture business.”

The three scholarships will be presented to the top three applicants during the Joint Stockmen’s Convention slated for December 3rd through December 8th at the Sandia Resort & Casino.

Due to scheduling issues at the New Mexico State Fair, the New Mexico Cattle Growers’ Association is unable to hold their annual Junior Showmanship Contest at the Fair.

While this is regrettable, the NMCGA remains committed to their Junior members and arrangements have been made to hold a contest at the Eastern New Mexico State Fair. The contest will be on Thursday, October 4, 2018 in Roswell.  The showmanship will start immediate following the Heifer and Steer Show.  The NMCGA / New Mexico Farm & Livestock Bureau Calf Scramble will be held that same afternoon/evening.

NMCGA will likely donate the buckles for the Southern New Mexico State Fair Beef Showmanship Contest. More news on that will be available soon.

If you have already sent your entries in for the State Fair, they can either be returned to you, applied to the Eastern contest or applied to your Junior membership dues.

Resources & Forms

Scholarship Application