Hereford Youth Awarded $24,750 in Scholarships

KANSAS CITY, Mo. National Junior Hereford Association (NJHA) members were awarded nearly $25,000 in scholarships from the Hereford Youth Foundation of America (HYFA) Oct. 31, 2009, during the American Hereford Association Annual Meeting in Kansas City.

Roxane Gebhart, Claremore, Okla., and Nicole Rosencutter, Topeka, Kan., won two of the largest scholarships: the $5,000 Bill and Jo Ellard Scholarships from HYFA.

Roxane Gebhart is a junior in animal scicnce/business at Oklahoma State University. Roxane served on the NJHA board of directors and finished her term as vice president in July. She is also in the Air National Guard and plans to attend law school after finishing her undergraduate degree.

Nicole Rosencutter is a senior in animal scicnce/pre-vet at Kansas State University. Nicole was the Kansas Polled Hereford Association Queen for three years. She plans to attend veterinary school and practice in Kansas.

Another $5,000 scholarship awarded was the Bob and Dolores Call Scholarship. Austin Buzanowski, Pompeys Pillar, Mont., was chosen as the recipient. He is a freshman majoring in mechanical engineering at the University of Wyoming. Austin is active in the Montana Junior Hereford Association, where he served as president for two years. He plans to own and operate an athletic equipment and apparel manufacturing company. Austin also won the $1,000 Gary Bishop Memorial Scholarship.

In addition, three $2,500 scholarships were awarded. Cameron Kolinski, Patrick Springs, Va., was given the Bob Kube Scholarship and Ilissa Nolan, Gilmer, Texas, was awarded the Whitehead Ranches/Rocking Chair Ranch Scholarship. Heather Bradford, St. Marys, Ohio, was presented the Owen Family/Tennessee River Music Inc. Scholarship.

Cameron Kolinski is a junior at Ferrum College, majoring in agriculture with a minor in education. Cameron is an active member of the Virginia Junior Hereford Association and served as the 2008 Virginia Hereford Queen. She plans to teach agriculture education and continue raising Herefords.

Ilissa Nolan is a junior in agriculture leadership and development with a minor in horticulture at Texas A&M University. Ilissa has been active in the Texas Junior Hereford Association, serving many years on the board of directors and two consecutive terms as president. Ilissa plans to continue her education by studying wine marketing in graduate school after finishing her undergraduate degree.

Heather Bradford is a sophomore at Purdue University majoring in animal science and plans to also earn a master’s and pursue a career in beef cattle quantitative genetics. She has been an NJHA member and Ohio Buckeye Junior Hereford Association member for 12 years. As a high school student, Bradford received many academic honors. At Purdue she is a 4.0 GPA dean’s scholar, Block & Bridle member and collegiate 4-H member.

Also awarded were two $1,250 scholarships. Rossie Blinson, Buies Creek, N.C., was chosen this year’s recipient of the Vanier Family Scholarship, and the Blin Family Scholarship was given to Justin Bacon, Prairie Grove, Ark.

Rossie Blinson is a freshman in animal science and ag business at North Carolina State University. Rossie is currently an NJHA director and is serving as communications director/secretary. She looks forward to a career in the livestock industry.

Justin Bacon is in his first year at Oklahoma State University, majoring in food science. Justin is an NJHA director and has been active in the NJHA for 14 years. After graduation he plans to attend graduate school and eventually work for a breed association or food company in research and development.