Kaylee McInvale, 2021 National Hereford Queen, on her last day wearing the white, crown and iconic sash of the tradition.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — High achieving Hereford youth were awarded numerous scholarships during the 2021 American Hereford Association Annual Meeting and Conference in Kansas City, Mo., on Oct. 22. In a special awards ceremony, the Hereford Youth Foundation of America (HYFA) and its army of donors proudly awarded $160,000 in scholarships to 24 National Junior Hereford Association members to help support their higher-education goals.
2021 National Hereford Queen, Kaylee McInvale, Lockney, Texas, completed her reign and received a $10,000 scholarship during the National Hereford Show at the American Royal in Kansas City, Mo., Oct. 24. The National Queen Scholarship is the result of the National Hereford Women (NHW) partnering with HYFA to elevate the queen program and to annually assist the queen with her education and tuition costs.
Kaylee attends Tarleton State University studying animal science. She has been involved in the Hereford breed for more than nine years and represented the breed and its members well over the past year, working tirelessly on behalf of the National Hereford Women (NHW).
The National Hereford Queen is elected to represent the breed at national shows, sales and events as well serves as a historic symbol of the Hereford breed. The National Hereford Queen program is supported by the NHW who work throughout the year with the many state queens and help foster and organize the interviews and application process and coronation.
The scholarship fund is the cornerstone of HYFA and countless youth are the benefactors of its mission. This last fiscal year, the foundation celebrated net assets reaching an all time high of 5.4 million dollars and $186,000 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.