Farm Credit
Jul 10 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.

NMCGA is also excited to be hosting the 11th Annual Showmanship Contest at the New Mexico State Fair on Sunday, September 9th immediately following the New Mexico Breeders Classic Steer and Heifer show that begins at 1:00 p.m. There will be three divisions this year with buckles being awarded to each division winner.  Divisions are broken by age groups, (age of youth as of January 1, 2018): Division 1) 9 to 11 Division 2) 12 to 13 and Division 3) 14 to 19 years of age.

For more information please contact the NMCGA office at 505.247.0584 or via email at


Resources & Forms

Showmanship Entry Form

Scholarship Application