Hereford Youth Foundation of America

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Welcome to Submittable and your hub for the Hereford Youth Foundation of America's (HYFA) scholarship application process as well as applying for all awards and CONTESTS offered through the National Junior Hereford Association (NJHA) and the NJHA Board of Director Application and National Queen Application. The Fall Deadline is Sept. 1st and the Spring Deadline is April 1st.

The Hereford Youth Foundation of America scholarship program is designed to provide recognition for outstanding members of the National Junior Hereford Association. Its purpose is to encourage individual and cooperative effort, enthusiasm, excellence, leadership, academic success and achievement among youth and to develop successful individuals as good leaders for both the Hereford breed and the beef industry. This fall HYFA will award close to $200,000 of academic scholarships to Hereford youth. Award presentations will take place at a special awards ceremony in Kansas City during the annual membership meeting. Applicants are encouraged, but not required to be present to accept scholarships.

Fall HYFA Scholarships Include:

  1. Ten $10,000 Vanier Family Scholarships
  2. Two $5,000 EE Ranch Scholarships
  3. One $5,000 Perks Ranch Scholarship
  4. One $5,000 CBY Polled Herefords, Bob & Dolores Call Scholarship
  5. One $5,000 Ball Foundation/ Cottonwood Springs Farm Scholarship
  6. One $5,000 Bar One Ranch, In Memory of Ken Tracy Scholarship
  7. One $2,500 Whitehead Ranches Scholarship
  8. One $2,500 Fauquier Farms, Bob & Lucy Kube Scholarship
  9. One $2,500 Randy & Kelly Owen Scholarship
  10. One $2,500 Blin Family Scholarship
  11. One $2,500 Larson Polled Herefords Scholarship
  12. One $2,500 Merry Family/MGM Memorial Scholarship for students pursuing Veterinary Medicine Degree - Pre Vet or Vet School Students are eligible to apply using Fall HYFA Application
  13. Two $1,500 Ostgaard-Breiner Educational Scholarship ā€“ For students non-traditional students wanting to go into a technical field, graduate school, trade school, certification or other acceptable program. ā€“ Eligible applicants apply using the Fall HYFA Application


  1. Applicant must be a NJHA member in good standing.
  2. Applicant must be a paid member for the past three consecutive years.
  3. All scholarship applicants must be enrolled in a four- year accredited university, junior/ community college and/ or a technical institution.
  4. Students who are seeking post graduation degrees, such as vet school, law school, etc., are eligible to apply for fall HYFA Scholarships.
  5. All applicants must have maintained at least a ā€œCā€ or 2 .5 grade point average. A current academic transcript (unofficial accepted) must accompany the application.
  6. Applicants meeting the necessary requirements can apply any number of times provided they maintain the required academic standards. A new application must be submitted each year.
  7. Incomplete applications will not be accepted and we advise a family member, teacher or advisor review your application prior to submission.


  1. Submit online application through Submittable by Sept. 1.
  2. Submit high school or college transcripts (unofficial are accepted), whichever is applicable. Also submit acceptance letter into college if just entering or transferring into a four- year university.
  3. Submit a resume and a list of 3 personal and professional references and their relation to the applicant.
  4. Submit a 300 dpi photo of the applicant (color or black-and-white accepted).
  5. After applications are received and reviewed the top applicants will be notified and Zoom online interviews will be conducted to finalize the selection process if selection committee deems necessary.
  6. Winners will be notified following the application deadline. Scholarship will be awarded in Kansas City, Mo., during the AHA Annual Meeting. It is recommended that you be in attendance to accept your scholarship award, but is not a requirement.


Gary Bishop was a former director of youth activities and director of breed improvement at the American Hereford Association. He passed away in 2002 after a battle with cancer that he met with strength and determination. This $2,500 scholarship is designed to recognize those youth who demonstrate many of the same qualities that Gary demonstrated: hard working, dedicated, faithful, determined and a friend to all who knew him.


Requirements and process are the same as the HYFA Fall Scholarship Application, and it includes any special notes for different requirements per scholarship.