Two Lincoln County youths were recently awarded $1,000 each for a Heifer Scholarship as part of a Tennessee Cattlemen’s Association and Farm Credit Mid America sponsored competition.
Ella and Abigayl Pollock of Taft were announced as winners of the scholarship at the Tennessee Cattlemen’s Association Convention and Trade Show Jan. 25 in Pigeon Forge. Each will receive $1,000 towards the purchase of a heifer that they can show at area competitions and then keep to begin their own cow herd. Ella and Abigayl are the daughters of Philip and Dana Pollock.
The judges based their decision on the applicants essay asking, “What can I do to benefit the cattle industry?” and on their extra curricular activities. Shane Williams, assistant vice president of Financial Services for Farm Credit Mid America Sweetwater office and a Tennessee Cattlemen’s Association Board member, served as one of the judges for the competition.
“Farm Credit Mid America is proud to help sponsor these scholarships with the Cattlemen’s Association,” said Williams. “This year we awarded scholarships worth $9,000 to six deserving youth from across Tennessee. Not only is this an excellent opportunity for a young person to work and prepare a heifer for competition, it can serve as the foundation for their own herd.”
“Farm Credit Mid America and the Cattlemen’s Association have partnered for the last four years in offering these scholarships,” said Charles Hord, executive vice president of TCA. “Seventeen young cattle producers have received $24,000 in scholarships since the program began.”