Scholarships Awarded to Gelbvieh Juniors

The American Gelbvieh Junior Association (AGJA) and the American Gelbvieh Foundation awarded six scholarships to deserving junior members during the AGJA 2009 Pride of the Heartland Classic, July 6-11 in Des Moines, Iowa. The American Gelbvieh Foundation supports educational events and scholarships for exceptional AGJA members. The scholarships are presented based on academics, AGJA involvement, community involvement and financial need.

Britney Volek, Highmore, S.D., earned the $1,000 Earl Buss Memorial Scholarship. Britney is the daughter of Keith and Janice Volek. Britney plans to enter South Dakota State University this fall and major in Pharmacy and Ag Business/Marketing. Britney has been a member of the AGJA for ten years and has been actively involved in her school, community, and state Gelbvieh association.

Shellina Hayek, Clutier, Iowa, was awarded the $1,000 Leness Hall Memorial Scholarship. Shellina is the daughter of Barb Hayek and the late Tony Hayek. Shellina is attending Iowa State University majoring in Kinesiology. Shellina has been very active in the Iowa Junior Gelbvieh Association and the American Gelbvieh Junior Association competing in contests and holding several leadership positions.

Andrew Lindgren, Atlanta, Ill., received a $750 AGJA Scholarship. Andrew, son of James and Diane Lindgren, is a student at the University of Illinois in Urbana/Champaign, majoring in Pre-Vet Animal Science. Andrew is the newly elected Vice President of the AGJA Board of Directors.

Earning a second $750 AGJA Scholarship is Cameron Burns of Pendleton, South Carolina. Cameron is the daughter of Gary and Sarah Burns. Cameron attends Clemson University and is double-majoring in Agricultural Economics and Statistics. Cameron has received numerous awards and honors for academics, FFA involvement and AGJA participation.

Janelle Hayek, Clutier, Iowa, earned a $500 AGJA Scholarship. Janelle is the daughter Barb Hayek and the late Tony Hayek. Janelle is attending Iowa State University and plans to find a career in agriculture. Janelle is a newly elected AGJA Director and has served several leadership positions with the Iowa Junior Gelbvieh Association.

Tara Krajewski, Venango, Neb., was awarded the Bob Rea Memorial Scholarship. Bob Rea, Jr., of Boulder, Colo., established this scholarship to honor the memory of his father and to reward a deserving junior Gelbvieh member. Tara is majoring in Elementary Education and Special Education at Benedictine College in Atchison, Kan. Tara recently completed her tenure on the AGJA Board of Directors and plans to remain active in the Gelbvieh breed.

For complete coverage of the AGJA 2009 Pride of the Heartland Classic, including full results from the Gelbvieh, Balancer and Market Steer Shows, contest winners, showmanship results, scholarship recipients and photos of all winners, visit

The AGJA 2010 Lone Star Classic will be held in College Station, Texas, July 4 – 9. Check out a special invitation from the Texas Gelbvieh Junior Association to attend the 2010 Lone Star Classic at