Foundation Merit Awards

 

Established in 1981, by the ASA Board of Trustees, the Merit Award is designed to provide recognition to junior members who have made “significant contributions to their community, home, family, school and the Simmental or Simbrah breeds of cattle.” As college tuition continues to increase, the Foundation continues to support 15 AJSA members each year by giving over $14,000 in scholarships, 10 Silver Merit Awards and 5 Gold Merit Awards, to help them continue their collegiate educational endeavors. Read through the Merit Award Guidlines document to make sure you qualify for these prestigious awards. Judging is based on a combination of factors including leadership, scholarship, extra-curricular participation and direct involvement with the beef industry. All AJSA members over the age of 16 are welcomed to apply, applications are due June 1st of the current year.

 

Merit Award Guidelines

1. BRONZE (Certificate and Bronze Lapel Pin)

  • For ASA junior members
  • Recognizes achievement in Association sponsored Simmental/Simbrah activities
  • Application and two (2) letters of recommendation required
  • Selected by state association (state association sets the deadline date)
  • Presented at annual state association meeting or appropriate event
  • Unlimited number of awards/state/year
  • One-time award per individual
Click to View Bronze Application!

2. SILVER (Certificate and $1,250 Scholarship)

  • For ASA junior members who are at least 16 years of age by January 1 of year of application
  • Recognizes achievement in Association sponsored Simmental/Simbrah activities
  • Application and two (2) letters of recommendation required
  • Selected from among previous Bronze Award winners by a committee
  • Presented at National Classic
  • Maximum of 10 awards per year
  • One-time award per individual
Click to View Silver Application!

3. GOLD (Certificate and $2,500 Scholarship)

  • For ASA junior members who are at least 16 years of age by January 1 of year of application
  • Recognizes achievement in Association sponsored Simmental/Simbrah activities
  • Application and three (3) letters of recommendation required [including one from a State (senior) Association Officer]
  • Selected from among previous Silver Award winners by a committee
  • Presented at National Classic
  • Maximum of five awards per year
  • One-time award per individual
Click to View Gold Application!
Completed application, recommendation letters and recent photo (head & shoulders) must be submitted (post-marked) to the ASA office NO LATER THAN JUNE 1.

 

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