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ATTENTION NJHA MEMBERS - We are excited to launch our new online platform for the 2020 FALL HYFA Scholarship Applications and National Hereford Queen Applications. This upgrade should help streamline the application process as our scholarship and educational program continues to grow. To apply please visit

We encourage all past applicants to download their latest applications for your reference as we will be migrating away from the Fluid Review Site by the end of the calendar year and at that time past applications will no longer be available. 

Fall applications will be extended until Sept. 10, 2020.


The Hereford Youth Foundation of America scholarship program is designed to provide recognition for outstanding members of the National Junior Hereford Association. Its purpose is to encourage individual and cooperative effort, enthusiasm, excellence, leadership, academic success and achievement among youth and to develop successful individuals as good leaders for both the Hereford breed and the beef industry. This fall HYFA will award $200,000 of academic and travel scholarships to Hereford youth. Award presentations will take place at the AHA Annual Membership meeting in Kansas City. Applicants are encouraged, but not required to be present to accept scholarships.

Fall HYFA Scholarships Include:

  1. Ten $10,000 Vanier Family Scholarships
  2. Two $5,000 EE Ranch Scholarships
  3. One $5,000 Perks Ranch Scholarship
  4. One $5,000 CBY Polled Herefords, Bob & Dolores Call Scholarship
  5. One $5,000 Ball Foundation/ Cottonwood Springs Farm Scholarship 9.
  6. One $4,000 Bar One Ranch, In Memory of Ken Tracy Scholarship
  7. 5. One $2,500 Whitehead Ranches Scholarship
  8. One $2,500 Fauquier Farms, Bob & Lucy Kube Scholarship
  9. One $2,500 Randy & Kelly Owen Scholarship
  10. One $2,500 Blin Family Scholarship
  11. One $2,500 Larson Polled Herefords Scholarship
  12. One $2,500 Merry Family/MGM Memorial Scholarship - NEW SCHOLARSHIP FALL OF 2019 for students pursuing Veterinary Medicine Degree - Pre Vet or Vet School Students are eligible to apply using Fall HYFA Application
  1. Applicant must be a NJHA member in good standing and in the case of post graduate students exceeding 22 years of age, applicant must be a member of the American Hereford Association.
  2. Applicant must be a paid member for the past three consecutive years.
  3. All scholarship applicants must be enrolled in a four- year accredited university, junior/ community college and/ or a technical institution.
  4. Students who are seeking post graduation degrees, such as vet school, law school, etc., are eligible to apply for fall HYFA Scholarships.
  5. All applicants must have maintained at least a “C” or 2 .5 grade point average. A current academic transcript must accompany the application.
  6. Applicants meeting the necessary requirements can apply any number of times provided they maintain the required academic standards. A new application must be submitted each year.
  7. Incomplete applications will not be accepted and we advise a family member, teacher or advisor review your application prior to submission.
  1. Submit online application through by Sept. 1.
  2. Submit high school or college transcripts, whichever is applicable. Also submit acceptance letter into college if just entering or transferring into a four- year university.
  3. Submit two “current” letters of recommendation.
  4. Submit a 5×7 photo of the applicant (color or black- and- white are permissible)
  5. After applications are received and reviewed the top applicants will be notified and Zoom online interviews may be conducted to finalize the selection process if the selection committee deems it necessary.
  6. Winners will be notified following the application deadline. Scholarship will be awarded in Kansas City, Mo., during the AHA Annual Meeting. It is recommended that you be in attendance to accept your scholarship award, but is not a requirement.

Gary Bishop, an Oklahoma native, first began working for the American Hereford Association in 1973 serving in the capacities of assistant director of Total Performance Records, director of feedlot and carcass programs and director of field services. He also served as director of youth activities, a job that he held in high esteem throughout his life, as he dedicated much of his energy working for the betterment of the Hereford youth organization.
A former junior director sums up Gary’s impact with this statement: “I and many others who were privileged to know and learn from (Gary). We will honor him by continuing to practice the inspiring characteristics that he taught. I was terribly shy, but he never gave up on me and kept pushing me out there until I realized that I could do it. It’s hard to think of anybody who loved raising good cattle and helping good kids more than Gary Bishop.”
Bishop left the AHA in 1983 to manage the family’s large purebred and commercial Hereford ranching operation in Montana. He was actively engaged in community organizations, particularly his church and the 4-H program. Alway sinnovative and in pursuit of a new challenge, he helped many youths step out of their comfort zone to reach new heights. He rejoined AHA in 2000 as director of breed improvement.

Gary passed away Dec. 17, 2002, after fighting a battle with cancer that he met with strength and determination. His many friends called him hard working, dedicated, faithful, determined, a perfectionist and a true gentleman who came to work each day until the end with a gentle smile on his face and ready to face the challenges of the day; a man of principle, whose character was complemented by his capability; that he was a friend to all who knew him and always had kind words to say- even when the going got tough. This scholarship is designed to recognize those youth who demonstrate many of the same qualities that Gary demonstrated.
A $2,500 scholarship will be awarded to a deserving member of the NJHA to continue financing their college education. This scholarship will be funded through the Hereford Youth Foundation of America.

  1. Applicant must be a NJHA member.
  2. Applicants must be between the ages of 17-22 years of age and/or have attained the status of a high school senior.
  3. Previous winners are not eligible to receive the award for a second time.
  1. Submit application online through by Sept. 1.
  2. Submit high school or college transcripts, whichever is applicable. Also submit acceptance letter into college if just entering or transferring into a four-year university.