2018 Sandhills Cattle Association Scholarship
2018 SANDHILLS CATTLE ASSOCIATION SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION

THE SANDHILLS CATTLE ASSOCIATION SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM:
Five (5) scholarships will be awarded. Each scholarship will be in the amount of $1,000.
Funds for the scholarships come from the Sandhills Cattle Association, a non-profit organization. The Association is organized for the purpose of promoting the cattle and resources of the Sandhills through education, marketing, communications and unique member services.

THE HOWARD WRIGHT MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM:
One (1) scholarship will be awarded in the amount of $500.
This scholarship is dedicated to the memory of Howard Wright, a lifelong Cherry County rancher and long time member of the Sandhills Cattle Association. Funds for the scholarship come from the proceeds of two registered Longhorn steers which were sold at the 2005 SCA Convention. The Wright family is involved in the selection process for this scholarship.

THE DUANE PELSTER MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM:
One (1) scholarship will be awarded in the amount of $500.
This scholarship is dedicated to the memory of Duane Pelster. The Pelster family has set parameters to help dictate who will receive this memorial scholarship.

Who can apply for the Scholarship?
The applicant must be the son or daughter of a current member of the Sandhills Cattle Association. Applicants do not have to be studying in the agriculture field to apply for or receive the scholarship. Students must be undergraduates and carry a minimum of 12 credit hours per semester to be eligible. Both graduating high school seniors and students currently attending or planning to attend college or vo-tech school during the next school year can apply. Applicants must apply within six years of high school graduation. Students planning to attend a junior college, community college or vo-tech school may be given priority consideration for one of the available scholarships. The scholarship can be won twice.

What do you need to do to apply?
Complete the application form. A copy of your most recent transcript and a sealed letter of recommendation must be submitted with your application. The letter should come from an adult who is NOT a school employee or a relative.

Where can scholarships be used?
The scholarships can be used at any accredited university, 2-year or 4-year college or technical school.

What are the terms of payments?
The scholarships will be paid directly to the school upon proof of registration. One-half will be paid for the first semester or quarter; the second half will be paid for the second semester or quarter upon proof of a 2.5 grade point average during the first semester. Scholarship winners must submit their first semester or first quarter grades to the SCA office for verification by January 4, 2019. If circumstances prevent the recipient from using the scholarship for the following college year, the committee will decide whether the situation deems that the scholarship shall be held for one year.

What will the scholarship award be based upon?
- Commitment to furthering education - Long term goals - Leadership - Academic achievment
- Extra-curricular activities - Committee review of application - Interview (finalists will be interviewed on March 31st)

Scholarships are academic in nature; financial need will not be considered.

How are the scholarship recipients recognized?
Finalists will be notified of their acceptance within one week of their interview. The scholarship recipients and their
parent(s) will be invited to the Sandhills Cattle Association Convention May 24, 2018 in Valentine, NE, where presentation will be made. Scholarship recipients will receive a complimentary ticket to attend the convention.

PLEASE PLACE ALL INFORMATION ON THE APPLICATION FORM AS DIRECTED

DO NOT INCLUDE COVERS, EXTRA PAGES OR PHOTOS.

Applications will be disqualified and not considered for any of the following reasons:
1) Handwritten 2) Questions Re-typed 3) Incomplete 4) Late

Scholarship application must be filled out in Google Forms. Transcripts can be emailed or mailed. The letter of recommendation can be mailed (in a sealed envelope) to the SCA office or emailed from your reference.

For more information call: 402-376-2310 or 1-800-658-0551 or e-mail sca@sandhillscattle.com

*Application must be submitted through Google Forms. Letter of recommendation and transcript can be emailed or mailed to the SCA office.

sca@sandhillscattle.com | PO Box 786, Valentine, NE 69201

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Address, City, State, Zip *
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Telephone *
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Email *
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Parents' Name *
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Name under which parents' membership is listed (ranch or business name, etc.) *
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High School *
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Date graduated *
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Name of 2-year, 4-year or technical school you are attending or are planning on attending *
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Grade Point Average *
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Class Rank out of number of students (ie. 14/54) *
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ACT or SAT score *
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Area of study/major (be specific) *
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1. How do you see your chosen field of study benefiting the agriculture community? *
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2. What do you think the top two (2) critical issues in agriculture will be in 10 years? Why? *
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3. Approximately how long has your family's ranch or business been a member of the Sandhills Cattle Association and what services do they find the most useful? *
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4. Describe your work experience (paid and unpaid, on or off ranch) and what you learned from the experiences. *
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5. What leadership skills do you think are necessary for people in rural communities? Why? *
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6. What do you think can be done to keep young people in production agriculture? *
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7. School activities and organizations *
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8. Civic, church, non-school activities *
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9. Honors and awards *
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ESSAY (answers must be 500-1000 words): How do you see technology impacting the beef industry in the next 10 years? *
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STATEMENT OF APPLICANT: I certify that, to the best of my knowledge, all information given on this application is true, correct, original and complete. (Type your name below) *
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