BOZEMAN, MT- The American Simmental Association (ASA) has awarded Webb Fields, Mount Pleasant, TX, a Gold Merit Award worth $1,500 to use for post-secondary educational purposes. Established in 1981, by the ASA Board of Trustees, the Merit Award is designed to provide recognition to junior members who have made “significant contributions to their community, home, family, school and the Simmental or Simbrah breeds of cattle.” Judging is based on a combination of factors including leadership, scholarship, extra-curricular participation and direct involvement with the beef industry.

Webb Fields, currently a student at Texas A&M University, has served as President of the AJSA for the past year. At A&M, he is a member of the Livestock Judging Team, winning High Individual Honors at the Exposure contest. A natural leader, he’s also served as president of his 4-H and FFA organizations. After earning his Bachelor’s degree in Animal Science, Webb plans to continue his education with a Master’s in a production-related field and begin work on a Ph.D. His ultimate goal is a career in beef cattle extension work.

Fields, along with 14 other outstanding junior members were selected as 2010 recipients of Gold and Silver Merit Awards. Five individuals received Gold Merit Awards worth $1,500 each, and ten students earned Silver Merit Awards, worth $750 each. Total value of the combined scholarships is $15,000, funded through donations to the ASA Foundation. All awards must be used for post-secondary education purposes.

Receiving Gold Awards are: Koty Allen, Emerald, WI, TX, Alan Smith, Picayune, MS, Valerie Ujazdowski, Winneconne, WI, and Tyler White, Stillwater, OK.

Silver Award recipients, are: Emily Rachel Bell, Ellenboro, NC, Kelsey Sheeley, Hillsboro, OH, Shannon White, Stillwater, OK, Tyler Mackey, Blum, TX, Anna Krieger, Universal, IN, Jake Bloomberg, Berwick, IL, Brett Willis, Lebanon, OK, Matthew Colle, Luxemburg, WI, Andrea Reinhart, Kansas City, MO, and Rachel Linder, Louisville, OH.

“Once again, we had an outstanding field of applicants for these coveted awards,” said ASA Executive Vice-President Jerry Lipsey. “It is appropriate that the American Simmental Association provides educational funding for such outstanding young people who represent the future of our breeds.” These winners were announced on July 16, 2010, during the American Junior Simmental Association’s National Classic XXX, held in Des Moines, IA.

The American Simmental Association is headquartered in Bozeman, Montana, and maintains the breed registries for the Simmental and Simbrah breeds of cattle. ASA has an active adult and junior membership of nearly 5,000.