The National Cattlemen’s Foundation and Fort Dodge Animal Health announced a new scholarship program at the 2008 Cattle Industry Annual Convention held last month in Reno, Nev. The Fort Dodge Animal Health Legacy Scholarship Program will consist of five scholarships of $5,000 each. Three scholarships will be directed to veterinary school students that have designated an emphasis in bovine practice. Two scholarships will be directed to junior or senior undergraduate students enrolled full-time in an animal science program with an emphasis in bovine production. 

The deadline for scholarship applications is April 30, 2008. Application requirements include a biographical account of experience in the cattle industry, an essay describing a mentor in the beef industry and how that person has shaped the applicant’s life, and two letters of recommendation.

“This scholarship fits very well with the mission of the National Cattlemen’s Foundation - providing scholarship opportunities to inspire young people to pursue careers in all phases of agriculture,” says Bob Josserand, chair of the foundation’s board of trustees. “We are most appreciative of the valuable commitment Fort Dodge Animal Health has made to young people and the National Cattlemen’s Foundation.”

Last fall, producers utilized their Fort Dodge Animal Health purchases to help support this scholarship program – in turn, helping cattle production and cattle-producing families for the next generation. By purchasing qualifying Fort Dodge Animal Health products, a contribution of 3 percent of each qualifying invoice was made to the scholarship fund.

"Driving change from within requires discipline, strategic thought, and investments," says Craig Wallace, vice president-marketing, Fort Dodge Animal Health. "Frequently, in a changing business climate the long-term investments, which are the future of our industry, are passed over while the short-term challenges consume our time and energy. The Legacy Scholarship Program is a commitment from Fort Dodge Animal Health to support the long-term investments so critical to the future of our industry."

The National Cattlemen’s Foundation is currently accepting applications for the 2008-2009 academic year. Winners will be announced at the 2008 Cattle Industry Summer Conference July 15-19 in Denver.  In addition to the scholarship, all five recipients will receive an expense-paid trip to attend the summer conference.  For more information, visit www.nationalcattlemensfoundation.org or www.fortdodgelivestock.com.