Oklahoma Cattlemen's Foundation Offers over $25,000 in Scholarships - Application Available Now, Deadline March 14Mon, 01 Mar 2021 09:19:35 CST
The Oklahoma Cattlemen’s Foundation (OCF) is eager to distribute more than $25,000 in scholarships to students in 2021. The scholarships are available for current college students at an Oklahoma college or university with definite plans to continue in the fall or graduating high school seniors who have an interest in the beef cattle industry.
“The Oklahoma Cattlemen’s Foundation is dedicated to preserving the heritage of the West and the viability of Oklahoma’s beef cattle industry through research and education,” said Taylor Shackelford, OCF Coordinator. “I cannot think of a better way to preserve our industry than by investing in young people who display a sincere interest in cattle and Oklahoma ranching.”
Students fill out 1 application to apply for multiple scholarships by the March 10, 2021 deadline. The electronic application can be found at okcattlemen.org. Winners will be notified in late spring to make travel arrangements for their respective award ceremonies. The first half of scholarship presentations will take place during the 69th Annual Oklahoma Cattlemen’s Association Convention and Trade Show in Norman, Oklahoma with the remainder being recognized during the 37th Annual OCA Ranch Rodeo held in Guthrie, Oklahoma at the Lazy E Arena.
“The OCF Scholarship program has grown each year and that is a direct result of support from industry partners and individuals,” Shackelford said. “The agriculture industry seems to mutually agree that educating and encouraging our agricultural youth it not just important, it’s vital.”
The application is open January 10 - March 14, 2021.
Students fill out 1 application to apply for multiple scholarships. The link below will take you to a submission portal hosted by the Communities Foundation of Oklahoma. Applicants will need to create a free account, then scroll through the list to find "Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association Scholarships".
Scholarships will be presented at the 69th Annual OCA Convention & Trade Show, July 23-24, 2021. Ranch Rodeo Scholarships will be presented at the 37th Annual OCA Ranch Rodeo, August 20-21, 2021.
Click here to access the submission portal.
Post Graduate School - Gebhart Legacy Scholarship
The Richard Gebhart Legacy Post Graduate Annual Scholarship provides $2,500 to a student who has already received a 4-year degree and in is enrolled in and/or pursuing a post-graduate degree (Master’s, PhD, Law Degree, Etc.).
The Gebhart Legacy Scholarship Fund is administrated through the Oklahoma Cattlemen’s Foundation (OCF). Applicants must be able to show experience and involvement in cattle industry leadership activities and must be members in good standing of the Oklahoma Cattlemen’s Association (OCA) or their state cattlemen’s association.
The application is open January 10 - March 10, 2021.
“Scholarships for high school seniors and undergrad students are common. Scholarships for those pursuing a post graduate degree are not as common, but still vitally important,” Shackelford said. “Richard Gebhart was a unique individual who earned several degrees in his lifetime. The Gebhart family has chosen to honor their loved one by providing a scholarship as unique as Richard Gebhart’s legacy.”
Richard Gebhart is a past president of the Oklahoma Cattlemen’s Association and served in several other capacities within the beef industry on a local, state and national level.
Click HERE to learn more & apply.
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