FRANKFORT — Kentucky student-athletes who are involved in agriculture are invited to apply for one of six scholarships and recognition as a 2020 Kentucky Ag Athlete of the Year.
The program is a partnership of the Kentucky High School Athletic Association (KHSAA) and the Kentucky Department of Agriculture (KDA).
“Athletics and agriculture have in common that they teach the value of effort, discipline, and teamwork,” Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles said. “We are pleased to join our partners at the KHSAA for the third year to reward the Commonwealth’s best young athletes and agriculturists. We hope these scholarship awards help cover the ever-rising cost of higher education for those striving for excellence in athletics and agriculture.”
“We are thankful for the continued commitment and partnership from the Kentucky Department of Agriculture for supporting this program,” said KHSAA Commissioner Julian Tackett. “This effort allows us to recognize and honor students who participate in KHSAA sports and sports activities and who are leaders in the agriculture industry.”
To qualify, student-athletes must be Kentucky farmers or involved in agriculture; must be graduating seniors in high school; and must be accepted to a college, university, or trade school following graduation. An agriculture major is not required, and preference will be given to Kentucky colleges; however, out-of-state schools will be considered if the applicant is seeking a specialized degree in an agricultural field.
Two student-athletes – one male and one female – will be named Outstanding Kentucky Ag Athletes of the Year and will be awarded $2,000 scholarships. Four student-athletes – two male and two female – will be awarded $1,000 scholarships as Kentucky Ag Athletes of the Year. Winners will be announced at the 2020 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 buy or renew their farm vehicle license plates. No state taxpayer dollars will be used to fund the scholarship awards.
Student-athletes must apply online by Jan. 24. To apply, go to khsaa.org/ge83-agriculture-athlete-of-the-year-scholarship-application/.
— Kentucky Department of Agriculture
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