October 26, 2021


Pictured (l to r) are Ray Ramsey, HYFA president, Dylan Kottkamp, Clayton, Ind., Steve Folkman, HYFA board of directors and Bill King, HYFA board of directors.

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.

The 2021 Whitehead Ranches Scholarship sponsored by HYFA in the amount of $2,500 honors Lloyd Whitehead of Texas. Lloyd was an instrumental part of HYFA in the early years serving on the board of directors and as financial chairman.

Dylan Kottkamp of Clayton, Ind., is a sophomore at Oklahoma State University, hoping to pursue a future as an agriculture lawyer. A career in this industry will allow him to make a positive impact for the agricultural world. After law school, he plans on joining a firm and beginning to grow relationships with farmers, ranchers and anyone else in need in the agricultural community. He is pursuing a career in this field because he wants to make a difference and be a powerful and effective agvocate.

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.