October 26, 2021


Karstyn Cantrell from Collinsville, Okla., received the Blin Family Scholarship.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — High achieving Hereford youth were awarded numerous scholarships sponsored by the Hereford Youth Foundation of America (HYFA) during the 2021 American Hereford Association Annual Meeting and Conference in Kansas City, Mo., on Oct. 22. In a special awards ceremony, $160,000 in scholarships were awarded to 24 Hereford juniors to help support their higher-education goals.

The 2021 Blin Family Scholarship sponsored by HYFA is a $2,500 scholarship in recognition of the first Lot 1 foundation female that sold at the Mile High Night Sale in Denver. Star Lake Cattle Company and the Blin Family of Iowa consigned the female that sold for $100,000 and initiated a fund that has grown to nearly $1 million dollars.

Karstyn Cantrell from Collinsville, Okla., is the $2,500 Blin Family Scholarship winner. Karstyn is a sophomore at Oklahoma State University (OSU), majoring in agriculture education. She says she will continue to be resilient, pliable and strong, so she can set an example to friends, family, ranchers, students and more. She is active at OSU, in FFA and as a member of the National Junior Hereford Association and hopes to continue her passion of talking and teaching about the agriculture industry.

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 in total $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.