Hereford Youth Awarded $26,250 in Scholarships

KANSAS CITY, Mo. ¬¬¬— National Junior Hereford Association (NJHA) members were awarded more than $26,000 in scholarships from the Hereford Youth Foundation of America (HYFA) Oct. 30, during HYFA’s Boots and Brew II fundraiser in Kansas City.

Rossie Blinson, Buies Creek, N.C., and Colt Keffer, Crawfordsville, Ind., won two of the largest scholarships: the $5,000 Bill and Jo Ellard Scholarships from HYFA.

Rossie Blinson is a sophomore at North Carolina State University majoring in agriculture business management with a minor in animal science. Rossie is currently chairman of the NJHA board of directors and plans to pursue a master’s degree in agriculture business management after graduating.

Colt Keffer is a senior at Oklahoma State University majoring in animal science. At the 2010 Junior National Hereford Expo (JNHE), Colt was chosen the champion senior showman. He plans to attend auction school after graduation and pursue a career as an auctioneer.

Another $5,000 scholarship awarded was the Bob and Dolores Call Scholarship to Jake Metch, Afton, N.Y. Jake is a junior in civil engineering at Texas Tech University. Jake is currently the membership chairperson on the NJHA board. Jake is planning to pursue a career in engineering, possibly relating to water resources to continue to work with farmers and ranchers.

Three $2,500 scholarships were awarded. Cameron Kolinski, Patrick Springs, Va., was given the Bob Kube Scholarship and Tamar Adcock, Assumption, Ill., was awarded the Whitehead Ranches/Rocking Chair Ranch Scholarship. Brady Jensen, Courtland, Kan., was chosen the recipient of the Owen Family/Tennessee River Music Scholarship.

Cameron Kolinski is a senior 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.

Tamar Adcock is a freshman at Kansas State University majoring in animal science and agricultural economics. Tamar was elected to the NJHA board of directors at the 2010 JNHE. She plans to pursue a career in the livestock industry after graduation.

Brady Jensen is a senior at Pike Valley High School, Scandia, Kan. Brady is an active member of the Kansas Junior Polled Hereford Association and is currently a director. He plans to attend Butler Community College, El Dorado, Kan., and then transfer to a four-year institution. Brady was also awarded the $1,000 Gary Bishop Memorial Scholarship.

Also awarded were two $1,250 scholarships. Devann Gregory, Houstonia, Mo., was chosen this year’s recipient of the Vanier Family Scholarship and the Blin Family Scholarship went to Taylor Sidwell, Roberts, Mont.

Devann Gregory is a freshman at State Fair Community College, Sedalia, Mo., majoring in agriculture business management. She has been active in the Missouri Junior Cattlemen’s Association and served as a director. Devann plans to open her own seed and fertilizer sales business on her family’s farm after graduation.

Taylor Sidwell is a sophomore studying elementary/special education at Montana State University, Billings. He has been active in the Montana Junior Hereford Association, holding a variety of offices. He plans to graduate and become a teacher, then return to earn a master’s degree in administration all while maintaining his Hereford cow herd.