Hereford Juniors Awarded Scholarships for Involvement

KANSAS CITY, Mo. ¬¬¬ Heather Bradford, St. Marys, Ohio; Reba Hurst, Nevada, Mo.; and Jae Van Horn, Franklin, Ind., were chosen as the 2010 Walter and Joe Lewis Memorial Scholarship winners for their involvement in National Junior Hereford Association (NJHA) activities. The scholarship winners were announced July 10 at the VitaFerm® Junior National Hereford Expo (JNHE) in Indianapolis.

The scholarships, given in honor of Walter and Joe Lewis, annually recognize junior members for overall achievement in leadership, teamwork, skills and competition. The selection of winners is based on a point system for NJHA programs and activities.

Heather Bradford was awarded first place and a $1,000 scholarship. Heather, 20, will be a junior this fall at Purdue University, majoring in animal science with an emphasis in bioscience. Heather has been an NJHA and Ohio Buckeye Junior Hereford Association member for 13 years. At Purdue, Heather is a dean’s scholar, trustee’s scholar, Block & Bridle member, collegiate 4-H member, tutor and researcher. She plans to graduate with honors, and continue her education with a master’s degree in genetics and possibly a doctorate. She would like a career working directly with producers and researchers in the quantitative genetics field.

Second place and a $500 scholarship went to Reba Hurst. Reba, 19, will be a sophomore at the University of Missouri at Columbia this fall, majoring in animal science. Reba is an eight-year member of the NJHA and the Missouri Junior Hereford Association (MJHA). At the 2008 JNHE, Reba exhibited the champion carcass steer. She has served the MJHA as board member, reporter, vice president and secretary. Reba hopes to attend veterinary school and continue to work with animals.

Jae Van Horn, Franklin, Ind., was awarded a $500 scholarship and third place. Jae, 20, is a student at Purdue University majoring in agricultural economics. He served as president of the Indiana Junior Hereford Association, and co-chair of the 2010 JNHE planning committee. He also participated in team fitting and showmanship at this year’s JNHE. At Purdue, he is a member of Alpha Gamma Rho fraternity.

The 2010 VitaFerm Junior National Hereford Expo was sponsored in part by Biozyme Inc., St. Joseph, Mo. The NJHA is one of the most active junior programs in the country with approximately 3,000 members. The NJHA’s mission is to create and promote enthusiasm for the breed while providing opportunities through leadership, education and teamwork. For more information about the NJHA, visit