KANSAS CITY, Mo. — High achieving Hereford youth were awarded numerous scholarships during the 2022 American Hereford Association Annual Meeting and Conference in Kansas City, Mo., on Oct. 21. In a special awards ceremony, the Hereford Youth Foundation of America (HYFA) and its donors proudly awarded $165,000 in scholarships to 28 National Junior Hereford Association (NJHA) members to help support their higher-education goals.
The 2022 Blin Family Scholarship sponsored by HYFA is a $2,500 scholarship in recognition of the first Lot 1 foundation female ever sold at the Mile High Night Sale in Denver, Colo. Star Lake Cattle Company and the Blin Family of Iowa consigned the female that sold for $100,000 and founded a fund that has grown to nearly $1 million.
Paige Lemenager, Hudson, Ill., is the daughter of Luke and Stacy Lemenager and a freshman at Lake Land College. Her goals are to pursue a bachelor's degree in agricultural economics and a juris doctor degree in agricultural law with the ultimate goal of advocating for beef producers and managing my family’s farming operation.
“The NJHA is undoubtedly preparing its junior membership with the skills and qualities of a good citizen through contests, leadership conferences, and other membership oriented programs which is a privilege I wish everyone could experience to truly make our world a better place,” Lemenager said.
The scholarship fund is the bedrock of HYFA and countless youth are benefactors of its mission. This last fiscal year, the foundation celebrated net assets reaching nearly $5 million and in total $185,000 was given back to Hereford youth to assist with their college educations.
The Hereford Youth Foundation of America (HYFA) was established in 1986 and is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) corporation dedicated exclusively to scholarship and educational support of youth in the business of raising Hereford cattle. The mission of the Hereford Youth Foundation of America is to encourage, recognize and reward the development of life skills and values in the next generation of leaders by providing education, scholarship and leadership opportunities for Hereford Youth.