Scholarships and Applications


Applications

Top of the Class 2020

Do you have a passion to promote the beef industry?  Want to share your story?  Want to understand the whole beef chain? Learn how by being a part of the 2020 Minnesota Top of Class? If your answer is yes, we want to see a application from you! The mission of this program is to develop the skills of Minnesota’s beef industry leaders so they may maximize their impact and effectiveness in local, state, national and international arenas.  The program consists of two training sessions in-state and a trip to Denver. 

If you have any questions about the program or application process, please contact Royalee Rhoads at royalee@mnbeef.org or call 763-479-1011.


Application Deadline: May 1st, 2020
Application


Highlights from last year: 

  ·         Media Training

·         Trade and Foreign Marketing

·         State and National Policy

·         Global Food Experiences

·         Beef Carcass Fabrication

·         Beef Safety & Nutrition

·         Culinary Training

·         Gate to Plate Tours of various sectors of the beef industry  

Testimonials:

“I learned so much at the feedlot and packing tour. By seeing that process, I am better able to talk about those sections of the beef business.”

“I am very thankful and appreciative of the great opportunity.” “I learned tons of great information that can be helpful when interacting with consumers. Overall a wonderful learning experience.”


Scholarships 

The Minnesota State Cattlemen’s Association, in conjunction with the Bottem and Jensen families, have 3 scholarships available to deserving animal science, agriculture or agronomy students. Winners of the Reid Mason and Dennis Bottem Scholarships will receive their scholarship at the 2019 Minnesota Cattle Industry Convention in Willmar, Minnesota.

Reid Mason Memorial Scholarship $500

Eligibility Criteria

  • Parent or guardian must be a member of the Minnesota State Cattlemen’s Association and National Cattlemen’s Beef Association.
  • Applicant must be enrolled as a junior or senior in a college or university in Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin, or Iowa.
  • Applicant should be majoring in Animal Science with emphasis on beef cattle.
  • Applicant must submit with the application:
    • Most recent grade transcript.
    • An essay of not more than 300 words which includes the reasons for pursuing your present education program, career plans, attitude toward agriculture, college activities, and why you are deserving of this scholarship.
  • The scholarship application, requested essay, references (one of which must be from a current or former teacher), and grade transcripts must be postmarked by October 1st, 2019.


Apply for Reid Mason Memorial Scholarship

Dennis Bottem Memorial Scholarship $500

Eligibility Criteria

  • Must be a Minnesota Resident.
  • Applicant can be enrolled in either a two or four year Ag program in any college or school in Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin or Iowa.
  • Applicant should be majoring in Animal Science or Agronomy.
  • Applicant must submit with the application:
    • Most recent grade transcript.
    • An essay of not more than 300 words which includes the reasons for pursuing your present education program, career plans, attitude toward agriculture, college activities, and why you are deserving of this scholarship.
  • The scholarship application, requested essay, references (one of which must be from a current or former teacher), and grade transcripts must be postmarked by October 1st, 2019.


Apply for Dennis Bottem Memorial Scholarship

Adam Jensen Memorial Scholarship $500

Eligibility Criteria

  • The applicant should have completed at least one year of postsecondary education, but consideration will be given to a high school graduating senior if sufficient applications are not received.  A current transcript may be requested as proof of attendance prior to distribution of funds.
  • The applicant should be actively pursuing a postsecondary education with relevance to Agriculture
  • There is not a GPA prerequisite for scholarship award.
  • It is recommended, but not required, that the applicant as an individual or their family be associated with a local cattlemen’s association or the Minnesota State Cattlemen’s Association.
  • Applicants who are actively involved in the cattle industry to any degree will be given strong consideration
  • Applicant, along with completed application, must submit a short essay on a topic of their choice in relation to the beef industry.  The applicant should be prepared to present this essay at the Redwood Area Cattlemen’s Association Annual Meeting.
  • Application must be received by October 1st, 2019.


Apply for Adam Jensen Memorial Scholarship