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American Shorthorn Association offers scholarships

Scholarships available for Junior Shorthorn breeders

The American Shorthorn Association and the Shorthorn Foundation are now accepting applications for the scholarships available to American Junior Shorthorn Association members. The ASA and the Foundation find offering college support to the youth of the association greatly important as they are the future of the industry and the Shorthorn breed.

AJSA members are eligible to apply for three different college scholarships: Mike Dugdale Memorial Scholarship, John C. "Jack" Ragsdale Scholarship, and Don Longley Memorial Scholarships.

--Mike Dugdale Memorial Scholarship: The $1,000 Dugdale Scholarship is awarded to a collegiate upperclassman who is an active AJSA member with a sincere interest in bettering the beef cattle industry after college.

--John C. "Jack" Ragsdale Scholarship: The $1,000 Jack Ragsdale Scholarship is awarded to a high school senior or college freshman who is an active AJSA member with a sincere interest in learning how to evaluate livestock and an appreciation for the purebred livestock industry.

--Don Longley Memorial Scholarships: There are four $750 Longley Memorial Scholarships awarded each year. The scholarships are sponsored by The Shorthorn Foundation and awarded to high school seniors or college freshmen based upon Shorthorn involvement, grades, need, and participation in other activities.

Applications for the scholarships are available at www.shorthorn.org or by contacting the ASA at 877-272-0686. Please send completed applications to The American Shorthorn Association, Attn: Scholarship Application, 8288 Hascall Street, Omaha, NE 68124 by May 1. All scholarship recipients will be announced during the 2009 National Junior Shorthorn Show and Youth Conference.

The mission of the ASA is to contribute to the profitability and quality of life of its members and their customers by maintaining, protecting the vulnerability and enhancing the value of the herd book and performance database for Shorthorn cattle. The ASA is headquartered in Omaha, Neb., and was founded in 1872 with herd book records going back to 1822. As one of the oldest American breed associations, the ASA provides services for more than 6,000 junior and senior members who register nearly 18,000 cattle annually. The American Junior Shorthorn Association promotes personal development through youth activities and educational events. The AJSA is dedicated to the betterment of its members, promotes valuable skills, and fosters friendships that will last a lifetime. To learn more, contact the ASA office or visit www.shorthorn.org.

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