Purina Mills and the New Mexico Cattle Growers’ Association’s (NMCGA’s) Young Cattlemen’s Leadership Committee (YCLC) is proud to announce they will be awarding two Purina Mills $1,000 scholarships and two YCLC $500 scholarship during the 2023 Joint Stockmen’s Convention in December.

“Awarding these scholarships is a way that we can help young people who come from an agricultural background further their education,” said Loren Patterson, NMCGA President, Corona.  “As they embark on their college years we want them to remember where their roots come from and pursue advanced degrees that will enhance their background in production agriculture as well as bring awareness in non-typical agricultural fields.”

The two $1,000 Purina Mills scholarships will be awarded to a New Mexico student who is a member of the NMCGA, the New Mexico Junior Cattle Growers’ Association, or the child of an NMCGA member.  Graduating high school seniors, and college freshmen, sophomores and juniors in good academic standing are eligible to apply for the award.  In addition, the Young Cattlemen’s Leadership Committee and the Allied Industries Committee will also be presenting two $500 scholarships - one to a high school senior and one to a continuing college student.

“Obtaining a higher education can be very expensive for students and their families.  We are pleased to be able to offer these scholarships and encourage all eligible students to apply,” Patterson said.  “We want to help NMCGA members and their families continue their education and hopefully return to the agriculture business.”

The four scholarships will be presented to the top applicants during the Joint Stockmen’s Convention slated for December 13-16, 2023 in Albuquerque at Hotel Albuquerque.  The application for the awards is located below or contact the NMCGA office at 505.247.0584 or via email at [email protected]  

Deadline for application is November 3, 2023