Angus Foundation National Judging and University of Illinois Scholarship

The Angus Australia Foundation awards the University of Illinois Scholarship to the winner of the Angus Youth National Judging Competition annually.

Entrants in the Angus Youth National Judging Competition will be required to judge a series of live cattle classes, attend an interview and demonstrate their knowledge of the beef industry during a quiz.

The winner of the National Judging Competition will receive a scholarship to travel to the USA and attend the University of Illinois, with $10,000 to cover the costs of attending the University of Illinois, as well as a variety of Angus Australia promotional clothing. Whilst in the USA, the recipient will experience a whirlwind of events, from university classes, judging competitions and sightseeing around the USA whenever they can.

The 2020 National Judging Competition will take place at the Tocal Beef Cattle Assessment Course end of September 2020 which is run over 3 days. Angus Australia will provide the entry fee to the course as well as meals and accommodation at Tocal.

The aim of this scholarship is to:
Increase the recipient’s knowledge of the beef industry
Expose the recipient to different agricultural production systems
Develop the recipient’s personal skills
Strengthen relationships between the Australian and USA beef industries

Applicants must be aged between 21 and 30 years of age (age at 1st January 2021)
Applicants must be members of Angus Youth and/or Angus Australia (membership form may be completed with application)
Please note that an affiliation with the Angus breed or previous university study is not a requirement to apply. However previous Judging experience is highly recommended

How to Apply
To apply for this scholarship applicants must compete in the Angus Youth National Judging Competition.

Competition Details
Interview - The interview will be conducted by a panel which can be made up of the over judge, past winners, Angus Australia representatives & sponsors. Dress should be appropriate for an interview. Each interview will go for 20 minutes.

Live cattle classes - During the live cattle classes’ competitors will be required to place the class, answer a set of questions & also give oral reasons. Depending on availability, bulls, females & steers will be judged. Scenarios & EBVS may be provided. Judging will be conducted under the guidance of a selected over judge or judges.

Beef industry quiz - This quiz will be conducted at the conclusion of your interview.

The person with the highest overall score will be announced the winner of the Angus Youth National Judging Competition & will be awarded the University of Illinois Scholarship.

Conditions of winning the Scholarship
The scholarship cannot be deferred, it must be taken up in the spring semester (Commencing in January)
Whilst at University of Illinois the recipient must keep a blog. This is to be updated at least weekly
Upon returning from the scholarship the recipient must make themselves available to give a presentation at an assigned industry event
Withing 2 weeks of returning a full written trip report must be provided to the
Angus Australia Foundation

*Please note: If a large number of applications are received a shortlisting process will be implemented. This will be conducted through the Judging panel.

*All travel to Tocal Beef Cattle Assessment Course will be the responsibility of the participant.