Ag student-athlete scholarships open until January 31

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (KT) – Kentucky student-athletes who are involved in agriculture are invited to apply for one of six scholarships and recognition as Kentucky’s 2022 Athlete of the Year, a partnership between the Kentucky High School Athletic Association and the Kentucky Department of Agriculture.

To qualify, student-athletes must be Kentucky farmers or involved in agriculture; high school graduates; and accepted into a college, university, or trade school upon graduation. A major in agriculture is not required and preference will be given to colleges in Kentucky; however, out-of-state schools will be considered if the applicant wishes to pursue a specialized degree in an agricultural field.

“Athletics and agriculture have a lot in common. They both teach the value of effort, discipline and teamwork,” said Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles. “We are delighted to join our partners at KHSAA for the fourth year in recognizing the best young athletes and farmers in the Commonwealth. We hope these scholarships will help cover the ever-increasing cost of higher education for those who aspire to excellence in athletics and agriculture.

Two student-athletes, a male and a female, will be named Kentucky’s Top Athletes of the Year and will receive $2,000 scholarships. Four student-athletes, two men and two women, will receive $1,000 scholarships as Kentucky Athletes of the Year. Winners will be announced at the 2022 Whitaker Bank/KHSAA Boys’ Sweet Sixteen Basketball Tournament in March at Rupp Arena in Lexington.

The scholarships are payable to an institution of higher learning. Funding for the scholarships comes from the KDA’s “Ag Tag” program, which is funded by voluntary donations from Kentucky motorists when they purchase or renew their agricultural vehicle license plates.

No state taxpayer money will be used to fund the scholarships. Student-athletes must apply online by January 31. To apply, go to khsaa.org/ge83-agriculture-athlete-of-the-year-scholarship-application/.

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