Gold Award Recipients

These young members in their final year of the National Junior Angus Association activities earned their Gold Awards at the 2017 National Junior Angus Show (NJAS) Awards Ceremony, July 14 in Des Moines, Iowa. Pictured front row from left are Kendra Pryor, Pleasant Hill, Mo.; Laramie Chaffin, Roodhouse, Ill.; Leslie Craig, Harrodsburg, Ky.; Jordyn Wagner, Billings, Mont.; Katie Friederichs, Walcott, Iowa; Megan Green, Leavenworth, Kan.; Cheyenne Jones, Campbellsville, Ky.; Carter Ward, Plattsburg, Mo.; Claudia Hissong, Greencastle, Pa.; Abby Collison, Rockwell City, Iowa; Courtney Younge, Ventura, Iowa; and Katelyn Corsentino, Denham Springs, La. Back row from left are Lawson Rowlett, Hurricane Mills, Tenn.; Kale Kiesewetter, Letts, Iowa; Tim Mardesen, Oxford, Iowa; Savannah Schafer, Nehawka, Neb.; Sterling Reichenbach, Bath, Mich.; Macy Perry, Prather, Calif.; Catie Hope, Berryville, Va.; Cooper Sadowsky, Eagleville, Mo.; Allison Hawthorne, Westby, Wis.; Robert Nixon III, Rapidan, Va.; and David Rawlings, New Holland, Ill. Photo by Pearls Pics, on behalf of the American Angus Association.

These junior members won top honors in the junior B division of extemporaneous spealking at the 2017 National Junior Angus Show (NJAS) Awards Ceremony, July 14 in Des Moines, Iowa. Pictured from left are Amelia Miller, Gridley, Ill., first; Paige Zellmer, Nashville, Mich., second; and Ethan Blevins, Greenup, Ky., third. Photo by Pearls Pics, on behalf of the American Angus Association.

Angus Foundation Scholarships Invest in Industry’s Future
Angus youth received more than $213,000 in scholarships.

Supporting the educational pursuits of young people in the Angus industry is one of the key endeavors of the Angus Foundation. At the National Junior Angus Show (NJAS) in Des Moines, Iowa, 116 scholarships were given to undergraduate and graduate students totaling more than $213,000 invested in future agriculture industry leaders.

“The Angus Foundation prides itself on making an incredible investment in the future of our industry — our youth — through education,” says Milford Jenkins, Angus Foundation president. “Of course, very generous donors from across the Angus industry are really what makes this investment possible.”

A five-member committee evaluates the scholarship applications and considers National Junior Angus Association (NJAA) involvement, state association participation, leadership and other criteria. Since 1998, the Angus Foundation has awarded more than $2.7 million in undergraduate and graduate scholarships.

The 2017 scholarships recipients were recognized on July 13 and 14 during the NJAS. A complete list of scholarship winners follows.

Undergraduate Angus Foundation General Scholarship – $3,000
Reba Colin, Butler, Mo.; Caroline Cowles, Rockfield, Ky.; Ashley Cox, Eagle Point, Ore.; Lydia Dance, Hillsboro, Ohio; Grady Dickerson, Paradise, Kan.; Taylor Duckett, New Liberty, Iowa; Morgan Fruge, Jennings, La.; Paige Gaffney, Barneveld, Wis.; LeAnn Harward, Richfield, N.C.; Allison Hawthorne, Westby, Wis.; John Henderson, East Troy, Wis.; Cale Hinrichsen, Westmoreland, Kan.; Catie Hope, Berryville, Va.; Kallie Knott, Laotto, Ind.; Dalton Lemenager, Clifton, Ill.; Jacob McCall, Greenville, Va.; Cooper Sadowsky, Eagleville, Mo.; Gabrielle Simpson, Tupelo, Miss.; C.J. Stevenson, Hobson, Mont.; and Carter Ward, Plattsburg, Mo.

Undergraduate Angus Foundation General Scholarship – $1,000
Kylea Arnold, Weston, W.Va.; Cassidy Becker, Diagonal, Iowa; Paige Birk, Gordonville, Mo.; Kelby Burks, Park City, Ky.; Grant Cash, York, Pa.; Molly Cooksey, Roggen, Colo.; Brianna Erdmann, Leola, S.D.; Kaydee Free, Salado, Texas; Kyle Frye, Three Forks, Mont.; Sarah Harris, Buchanan, Va.; Claire Hawthorne, Westby, Wis.; Victoria Hernandez, Wellington, Fla.; Sarah Innis, Milroy, Ind.; Baxter Knapp, Bloomfield, Iowa; Sara Lechlider, Gaithersburg, Md.; Benjamin Marsh, Union, Ill.; Faith Massingill, Hamilton, Texas; Sarah Pelton, Paradise, Kan.; Linsey Rogers, Conway, Mo.; Morgan Scilacci, Baker City, Ore.; Cara Smith, Pleasant Garden, N.C.; Tyler Steele, Anita, Iowa; Hannah Steph, Tatum, Texas; Leisa Stevenson, Joliet, Mont.; Drew Williams, Milan, Ga.; Daniel Williams, Milan, Ga.; Claire Wingert, Ottawa, Kan.; Derek Wolf, Windthorst, Texas; Morgan Woodbury, Quenemo, Kan.; and Karsyn Zenor, Attica, Ind.

Graduate Angus Foundation General Scholarship – $5,000
Michael Cropp, Damascus, Md.; Bailey Harsh, Radnor, Ohio; Maci Mueller, Davis, Calif.; Alex Rogen, Brandon, S.D.; and Courtney Younge, Ventura, Iowa.

2012 NJAS – In A League of their Own – $500
Corbin Cowles, Rockfield, Ky.; Lydia Dance, Hillsboro, Ohio; and Mary Oliver, Union City, Tenn.

Jean Ann (Neumeyer) Bojorquez Memorial and Robert and Hollyce Neumeyer Angus Scholarship – $500
Morgan Scilacci, Baker City, Ore.

C.L. Cook Angus Scholarship Endowment Fund – $500
Drew Williams, Milan, Ga.

Certified Angus Beef/National Junior Angus Association – $1,000
Madison Butler, Vincennes, Ind.

Oliver A. Hansen/Laudmere Farm – $500
Katelyn Holmes, Benton, Iowa

James and Mary Lou Henderson/Bradley 3 Ranch Angus Scholarship – $500
Ryan Callahan, Edmond, Okla.

Howard and Joanne Hillman/Bon View Farms Angus Scholarship – $1,000
Brianna Erdmann, Leola, S.D.

James E Horton, Jr. Angus Scholarship – $1,500
Savannah Schafer, Nehawka, Neb.

Iowa Junior Angus Association Scholarship – $500
Taylor Duckett, New Liberty, Iowa – state recipient
Carly Watt, Iva, S.C. – national recipient

Kansas Angus Association Scholarship – $1,000
Cale Hinrichsen, Westmoreland, Kan.

Gordon and Robin Keys and Family Angus Scholarship Endowment Funds – $1,000
Sara Lechlider, Gaithersburg, Md. – Maryland recipient
Jacob McCall, Greenville, Va. – Virginia recipient

Ed and Wilma Minix/Blackwitch Angus Farm Scholarship – $2,500
Haley Throne, Lexington, Ga.

Montana Angus Youth Scholarship – $1,500
Jordyn Wagner, Billings, Mont.

NJAA Alumni and Friends Scholarship – $1,500
Michaela Clowser, Milford, Neb.

Mack C. Olson Memorial Angus Scholarship – $500
C.J. Stevenson, Hobson, Mont.

Pennsylvania Angus Youth Undergraduate Scholarship – $500
Alexis Cash, York, Pa.

Roscoe L. Richardson Memorial Scholarship Endowment Fund – $500
Jayne Bannister, Kent, N.Y.

John Rucker Family Angus Scholarship – $1,000
Catie Hope, Berryville, Va.

Ray Sims Angus Scholarship – $1,000
Katelyn Corsentino, Denham Springs, La.

Angus Foundation Richard L. Spader Scholarships -$5,000
Dawson Dal Porto, Oakley, Calif.; and Claudia Hissong, Greencastle, Pa.

Angus/Talon Youth Educational Learning Program Undergraduate Scholarships – $5,000

Cody Boden, Clear Brook, Va.; Madison Butler, Vincennes, Ind.; Ryan Callahan, Edmond, Okla.; Keegan Cassady, Normal, Ill.; Corbin Cowles, Rockfield, Ky.; Sierra Day, Cerro Gordo, Ill.; Cheyenne Jones, Campbellsville, Ky.; Macy Perry, Prather, Calif.; Karisa Pfeiffer, Orlando, Okla.; and Jera Pipkin, Republic, Mo.

Angus/Talon Youth Educational Learning Program Graduate Scholarship – $10,000
Esther McCabe, Elk City, Kan.

Texas Angus Association “Texas Challenge” Scholarship – $1,000
Kaydee Free, Salado, Texas; Faith Massingill, Hamilton, Texas; and Hannah Steph, Tatum, Texas

Vance Uden Memorial Scholarship – $1,000
Jera Pipkin, Republic, Mo.

Cory Watt Memorial Scholarship Endowment Fund – $1,500
Alexis Cash, York, Pa.

Western States National Junior Angus Show Fund Scholarship – $500
Michaela Clowser, Milford, Neb.

DeEtta Wood Memorial Scholarship – $1,000
LeAnn Harward, Richfield, N.C.

Woodlawn Farms Angus Scholarship – $1,250
Jordan Barker, Monticello, Iowa

Gary Brost LEAD Award
Keegan Cassady, Normal, Ill.; Sierra Day, Cerro Gordo, Ill.; Kallie Knott, Laotto, Ind.; and Dalton Lemenager, Clifton, Ill.

Stan Prox Memorial LEAD Award
Jack Dameron, Towanda, Ill.

Gary M. Stoller Jump Start Your LEAD Award
Rachel Smith, Osceola, Neb.

Joseph & Susanne Bush/J&S Ranch Scholarship
Gabrielle Simpson, Tupelo, Miss.

Patrick “Pat” Goggins Memorial Angus Scholarship – $1,000
Jordyn Wagner, Billings, Mont.

Joe Bill Meng Memorial Angus Scholarship – $100
Caroline Cowles, Rockfield, Ky.

About the Angus Foundation

Established as a 501(c)(3) organization in 1980, the Angus Foundation remains focused on its mission to support Angus education, youth and research. The organization has presented more than $2.4 million in youth scholarships since 1998, and has also invested more than $1 million in beef cattle research throughout the past decade.

For more information, contact the Angus Foundation at 816-383-5100 or visit

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