Application deadline announced for 2023 Michigan Youth Livestock Scholarship

What’s happening: It’s that time of year again, these next few months of late winter and early spring when Michigan students get their ducks in a row and send out their scholarship applications. But in this particular case, maybe it’s not so much getting your ducks in a row as it is getting your swine in line, or your goats in a boat. Applications for the Michigan Youth Livestock Scholarship Fund are due on Monday, May 15.

What it is: The Michigan Youth Livestock Scholarship Fund (MYLSF) debuted in the year 2000 and has since awarded $731,130 in scholarships and educational awards to young people exhibiting at Michigan’s premier livestock events. Charitable donations and specific proceeds from the Michigan Livestock Expo Sale-Abration auction help fund the scholarships.

What’s available: There are two scholarships available from the MYLSF this year. The first is a statewide scholarship for up to $1,000, available to Michigan youth who have exhibited at a local, county, or statewide exhibition for a minimum of three years before the year of the application. The second is the general MYLSF scholarship, a $5,000 scholarship available to young exhibitors at the Michigan Livestock Expo or the Michigan Dairy Expo. Applicants for the second scholarship will be selected by the committee and interviewed prior to the Sale-Abration event for consideration. Applicants may apply for and receive a scholarship more than once, though there is a $5,000 lifetime cap.

What they’re looking for: Selection criteria is based on applicants' participation in livestock exhibitions, extracurricular activities, industry participation or potential to participate, and academics. Applicants must be students graduating high school or high school graduates looking to further their education, both of which require students to be Michigan residents. Preference will be given to those applicants pursuing agricultural or related fields.

How to apply: The Michigan Youth Livestock Scholarship Fund has set up an online portal for students to learn more about the application process and selection criteria, and to apply. The application portal is available online HERE.

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