Citizen of the West benefits the National Western scholarships
Every year, funds raised at the Citizen of the West dinner contribute to the education of future agricultural leaders. With more than 1,000 scholarships awarded since 1983, the National Western Scholarship Trust is one of the most prestigious scholarship programs available to youth interested in pursuing degrees in agriculture or rural medicine.
“This important scholarship program helps not only to develop and educate the youth of rural America, but also brings awareness and participation to the National Western Stock
Show and agriculture,” said Ben Houston, co-founder of the National Western Scholarship Trust.
In 2008, 74 National Western scholarships, ranging from $2,500 and $6,000, will be awarded to minimize the financial burden of higher education for recipients attending University of Wyoming, Casper College, Laramie County Community College, Lamar Community College, Northeastern Junior College, Adams State College, University of Colorado Medical School, University of Northern Colorado, and Colorado Northwestern Community College.
The Citizen of the West dinner features a speech given by a National Western Scholarship Trust recipient. Megan Grieve, a senior at Colorado State University (CSU), will serve as this speaker in 2009. Grieve lives in Severance, CO, where her family raises horses and hay. She is a four-year recipient of the National Western Stock Show Scholarship and two-year recipient of the Jim Henry Scholarship, which is awarded to an outstanding National Western Scholarship recipient.
“Being selected as a National Western Scholarship recipient is not only an honor, it’s like being adopted into a family,” says Grieve.
“The supporters of the National Western Scholarship Trust make it their business to get to know the recipients. I feel like they always have my back and stand ready to support me in reaching my goals.”
Grieve currently studies equine science and business management and plans to enroll in a prestigious MBA program following graduation. Her career goals encompass her love of rodeo, agriculture, and entrepreneurship, as she hopes to start a business focused on rodeo program improvements, specifically relating to contestants, sponsors, and national organizations.
Grieve also intends to become a professional judge for the American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) and judge the AQHA World Show. She actively participates in the CSU Agricultural Ambassadors program, is an assistant coach for the CSU horse judging team, and vol-
unteers with 4-H and FFA. Along with many other accomplishments, Grieve most recently represented Colorado and the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association as Miss Rodeo Colorado 2008. She traveled more than 20,000 miles and was Colorado’s ambassador at the Miss Rodeo America Pageant.
For more information regarding the National Western Scholarship Trust, contact Andrea Miller at 303/299-5560. — WLJ