The Oregon Cattlemen’s Stewardship Fund (OCSF) Scholarships are available to current Oregon Cattlemen’s Association members and members of their families. Applicant must be a college sophomore, junior, senior, or graduate level and enrolled full-time at a community college or university for the 2021-2022 academic year. All majors may apply; however, some relevance to the livestock industry must be demonstrated.
The Application deadline is May 14, 2021. Scholarships totaling up to $5,000.00 will be awarded for the 2021-2022 academic year. All recipients will be notified of their award by mail no later than May 30, 2021.
I have always been passionate about agriculture and throughout middle school and high school my passion for livestock and agriculture only grew, this is when I knew for sure that I wanted a career within agriculture. I am also a people person, love having conversations, and feel passionate about advocating for and educating the general public about agriculture. I feel that it is vital that we educate the public on the agricultural industry, promote support and protect and advocate for agriculture in legislative and government happenings. Due to this, I have decided to pursue a dual major in Animal Science and Agricultural Communications, with the hope of having a career in the animal science industry within communications and marketing. This June I will be completing my associates degree in animal science at Linn Benton Community College and will be transferring to Oklahoma State University this August. I am very excited for this next step and for all the new opportunities and experiences that will come along with it.
I am from the small, rural community of Harper located in Southeastern Oregon about 45 minutes from the Idaho border. Since 1927, my family has owned and operated our ranch where we raise commercial Angus, Charolais, and Hereford cross cattle. Growing up as a 4th generation ranch kid, my passion for agriculture developed from an early age through tasks such as assisting with nightly heifer checks, tending to sick calves, summer haying season, and a multitude of other responsibilities that never fail to keep one busy. Later on, my involvement in 4-H, FFA, and interning with Oregon State Research and Extension continued to further my interests, leading me to ultimately decide to pursue a Bachelor’s degree in Animal Sciences.
However, 7 months prior to me graduating high school, my family and I’s lives were forever altered with the sudden loss of our top hand, a beloved son, husband, and father, my dad. With life throwing us the unexpected, there were many unknowns we’ve had and continue to face, from determining an effective strategy to keep our ranch running, ensuring my brother and I are provided a chance to pursue future opportunities, and at the time, wondering whether or not attending one of my top choice universities was a feasible option. To be completely honest, a short couple years ago I wasn’t entirely sure if I would attend college right away. Reflecting on my dad’s memory and encouragement from family and friends, my perspective gradually shifted through a desire to follow in his footsteps and become an advocate for a great industry that feeds our country, along with the constant reminders to not let a given situation dictate my future.
I am the daughter of a third-generation farmer/rancher, which makes me the fourth-generation. I live on a ranch in Riley where I help hay and run cattle with my family. My future and career plans consist of graduating from KCC in the spring of 2021 with a degree in agriculture science. I am currently looking into being an agriculture consultant and possibly transferring to earn my bachelor’s degree. I also want to continue to be a part of the family business. I have started my own herd of cattle and want to continue to grow and build my herd and business.
I am a part of the Dual Enrollment Program at OSU and KCC completing my degree in the Agricultural science field of study. Busy is an understatement as a student-parent who juggles household responsibilities along with schoolwork and hobbies like training horses. I run a pretty tight ship with good organizational and time management skills while bringing out creativity and fun to complete the days tasks. Originally from the East coast I struck out on a whim to travel cross country and put down roots out West. I have lived in Klamath Falls for over five years now with my fiancé who works at Bonanza view Dairy; we have two beautiful girls who already love to be around livestock. It’s amazing to me how much the cattlemen’s lifestyle can help shape a person to be versatile and continue to persevere through adversity. Yet still be compassionate towards others and mindful enough to appreciate the sunset at the end of a long day of hard work. My future career goals include owning a Rescue Horse Ranch and working with at risk youth here in Klamath county.