Wyoming Stock Growers announces $3,000 scholarship

Cattle Market & Farm Reports, Editorials
Dec 20, 2007
by WLJ
February 5, 2007


H.M. Small Scholarship honors pioneering Wheatland rancher.

The Wyoming Stock Growers Association (WSGA) will award the H.M. Small Scholarship from the bequest made in memory of a pioneering rancher who had only a third-grade education. This is the seventh and final year of this scholarship.

The H.M. Small Scholarship will award the final $3,000 to a University of Wyoming sophomore, junior or senior majoring in an agriculture-related subject and maintaining a grade point average of at least 3.5. To be eligible for the award, applicants must also write an essay of no more than 500 words on the importance of ranching in the history and development of Wyoming. In addition, applicants must demonstrate financial need.

The scholarship is named after Herbert Milton Small, a self-taught and highly respected Wheatland, WY, rancher who founded the Springfield Ranch in 1902. A century later, the ranch continues to be run by family members.

Helen Small Prescott White, H.M. Small’s only daughter, who died March 4, 2000, in St. Petersburg, FL, endowed the scholarship. White, a Wheatland native, was a certified speech pathologist for 30 years. After her retirement, she embarked on a significant volunteer career, being appointed a Guardian Advocate for the mentally ill by the governor of Florida, and winning a key to the city of St. Petersburg.

In acknowledging this final bequest from the family of Helen White, WSGA President Lois Herbst stated, “I am pleased to offer this final significant contribution on behalf of the Wyoming Stock Growers Association and its over 1,000 members who share the dedication of H.M. Small to the ranching industry. We are grateful to Helen White and her family for their exemplary generosity.”

The scholarship will be awarded during the WSGA annual meeting to be held in Riverton, WY, from May 31 through June 2, 2007.

Those wishing to apply for the H.M. Small Scholarship must meet the following qualifications:

Sophomore, junior or senior at the University of Wyoming; Majoring in an agriculture-related subject; Cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher; Demonstrate financial need; Include a compelling essay of 500 words or less on the importance of ranching to the history and development of the state of Wyoming; Provide a copy of their college transcript and a resume indicating activities, honors, and leadership experience; Submit a financial statement showing source and amount of income, including support provided by family members; Attach a response to the following questions: What have you gained (or are expecting to gain) from your college experience? How do your post college plans involve agriculture? What characteristics distinguish you as a deserving individual of this scholarship?

For an application, please contact Vera at the WSGA office by phone 307/638-3942 or e-mail vera@wysga.org. Completed applications must be returned to the WSGA office no later than April 1, 2007. The WSGA Scholarship Program supports Wyoming youth in the pursuit of higher education while enhancing their appreciation of the Wyoming cattle industry.