The NILE Foundation proudly announces the Scholarship winners for the 2020-2021 academic year.
“NILE Foundation has generously offered over $30,000 to help support this year’s scholarship winners, interns, and rolling scholarship winners from previous years,” says Al McCormick, NILE Scholarship Committee Chairman. “73 total applicants from eight states across the northwest corridor submitted applications for this years awards. These students are all attending or plan to attend universities, junior colleges, and trade schools across the United States.”
The NILE Foundation takes pride in being able to assist youth in agriculture, even during the challenging current circumstances. NILE General Manager Jennifer Boka states, “In times of uncertainty in our world, like those which we are facing today, there are two things that are essential. Farmers & Ranchers who feed the world and today’s youth who will be tomorrow’s AGvocates. With that in mind, the NILE will continue to provide scholarships even in the toughest of economies, for without the promise of food production in the future, the world becomes unsustainable. We are proud of the youth in Agriculture who have graced the doors of the NILE Stock Show and Rodeo and even more proud to play a small part in helping them achieve their goals through education!” Nineteen new recipients were awarded scholarships and nine rolling scholarships were renewed.
Since 1990, the NILE and NILE Foundation has awarded over $950,000 in cash and ‘live animal’ scholarships to deserving youth active in 4-H, FFA, and their communities. The following recipients excelled in the classroom while participating in NILE events.
Similar to 2019, scholarships were awarded on various levels described below:
- A one-time $1,000 scholarship awarded to graduating high school seniors that will continue their education at a college or vocational school.
- A one-time $2,000 “Shining Star Award” is a new scholarship offered to a graduating high school senior that excelled academically, in their community, and at NILE Events.
- Collegiate Scholarships are a $1,000 one-time grant, for students already enrolled in college or a vo-tech school.
- The Rolling Scholarships are offered to a select group of high school seniors who may renew the scholarship annually for up to four years of their secondary education. Recipients for the 2020 rolling scholarships were chosen from the pool of applicants that are current seniors in High School.
- NEW in 2020, the NILE Foundation is now offering a one-time $500 scholarship aptly named the NILE Legacy Award. This award goes to one student, either a high school senior or college student, based on their involvement in NILE and NILE activities.
Seven one-time scholarships have been awarded to the following seniors in high school in the amount of $1,000:
The 2020 Shining Star Award is a scholarship that will be given to an outstanding graduating high school senior for the one-time amount of $2,000:
Three high school seniors have been awarded rolling scholarships in the amount of $1,000 annually for up to four years. They are:
Students selected as rolling scholarship recipients must remain in good standing by maintaining a 3.0 cumulative GPA as a full-time student in college. These recipients must also continue involvement in NILE while participating in college organizations and activities
The following students of the class of 2019 have met these requirements and will be rewarded with their second installment of rolling scholarship in the amount of $1,000.
The following students of the class of 2018 have met these requirements and will be rewarded with their third installment of rolling scholarship in the amount of $1,000.
The following students of the class of 2017 have also met these requirements and will be rewarded with their fourth and final installment of rolling scholarship in the amount of $1,000.
Seven current college students pursuing degrees in higher education have been awarded a Secondary Scholarship in the amount of $1,000.
A new award in 2020, is the NILE Legacy Award. This award goes to one student, either a high school senior or college student, based on their involvement in NILE and NILE activities.
The NILE awards two ‘Needle In The Haystack’ Scholarships. One was awarded at the 2019 Stetsons and Stilettos in the sum of $500. The other was awarded at the 2019 Jr. Fed Sale.
All of the 2020 NILE Scholarship Applicants, 2020 NILE Scholarship Recipients, and past Rolling Scholarship Recipients were eligible.
For a chance to win the 2020 ‘Needle in the Haystack’ applicants or immediate family must be present to win at either the NILE Foundation’s Barn Party or the Jr. Fed Sale, August 21st, and October 12th respectively.
The lucky winner from the 2019 Stetsons and Stilettos drawing was Claire Stevenson!
“The future goals of tomorrow’s leaders are very adaptive to the new agricultural technologies, and this year’s class demonstrated the abilities to meet today’s challenges in agriculture,” commented McCormick.
The NILE Foundation was established in 2009 as a supporting arm of the NILE organization, which is dedicated to the promotion of livestock, agriculture education, and respect for the western culture.
Each year the NILE and NILE Foundation touch the lives of nearly 10,000 youth through the many programs, events, “live animal” scholarships, and college scholarships. Together, these organizations provide over $75,000 in cash and live animal scholarships annually.
If you’re interested in contributing to the NILE Foundation send a donation to P.O. Box 1981
Billings, MT 59103