Since 2000, the Michigan Youth Livestock Scholarship Fund (MYLSF) has awarded more than $300,000 in scholarships and educational awards to outstanding youth who have exhibited at the premier livestock events in the state of Michigan.
To be eligible for either the MYLSF general scholarship or the statewide scholarship, the applicant must be a resident of Michigan and a graduating high school senior or a high school graduate continuing their education at an accredited institution in the year in which they are applying.
For the general MYLSF scholarship, the applicant must have been a youth exhibitor at the former Michigan State Fair, Michigan Livestock Expo or the Michigan Dairy Expo for a minimum of three calendar years prior to the year of application. For the statewide scholarship, an applicant must have been a youth exhibitor at a local, county, or statewide exhibition for a minimum of three years prior to the year of application.
Specific proceeds from the Michigan State Fair Youth Livestock Auction and the Michigan Livestock Expo as well as charitable donations help fund the scholarships. The fund is governed by an 11 member board comprised of volunteers from Michigan's agricultural community with the corpus of the fund held at the Battle Creek Community Foundation. In 2012, approximately $20,000 will be deposited in the Michigan Education Saving Plans for youth exhibitors that compete in judging and showmanship events at the Michigan Livestock Expo on the Michigan State University campus from July 13 -15.
The 2011 MYLSF $1,500 general scholarship winners were: Monica Acker of Middleton; Shanna Acker of Middleton; Kelsey Casebere of Clare; Taylor Copes of New Lothrop; Tera Koebel of Three Oaks; Elizabeth Krhovsky of Corunna; Laura Krhovsky of Corunna; Melissa Reed of Owosso; Garrett Slavik of Ashley; and Kendra Van Order of Hamilton. The statewide $1,000 scholarship winner was Logan Bracy of Quincy. The Gene Thompson $500 scholarships were awarded to Ted Gatsey of Williamston; Aaron Helwig of Lake Leelanau; and Siobhan Kent of Lansing.