The NILE Scholarship program, funded by the NILE Foundation, is now accepting applications for scholarships for the 2013-2014 academic year. Since 1990, the NILE has awarded scholarships to deserving FFA and 4-H students that had been actively involved in their respective programs and communities, excelled in the classroom, and participated in NILE events. "This year begins a significant growth phase for our scholarship program," says Justin Mills, General Manager of the NILE. "The Foundation Board unanimously voted to double our dollar amount that will be awarded in this coming year."
With the additional amount, the NILE Scholarship Committee has redesigned the program into three levels of scholarships. First will be the one-time scholarship awarded to graduating high school seniors, similar to what the NILE has always done. The second level of scholarships offered will also be a one-time grant, but will be for students already enrolled in College or a Vo-Tech school. Finally, the third level, which will offer the largest scholarship amount, will be a rolling scholarship. The rolling scholarships will be offered to a select group of High School Seniors who will have the opportunity to renew the scholarship yearly, up to four years of their secondary education. Recipients will be chosen from the pool of applicants that are current seniors in High School.
Each year the NILE touches the lives of nearly 10,000 youth through its many programs, events, "live" animal scholarships, and college scholarships. Every year the NILE provides over $55,000 in cash and live animal scholarships.
The NILE Foundation was established in 2009 as a supporting arm of the NILE organization, which is dedicated to the promotion of livestock, agriculture education and respect for the western culture.
Scholarship applications can be found at the NILE's website, www.thenile.org/scholarships or by contacting the NILE Office. Applications must be into the NILE office by March 15. Applications incomplete or late will not be considered. Scholarships will be awarded in April.
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