Throlson American Bison Scholarship - Due October 1, 2020

The Throlson American Bison Foundation is pleased to announce the 2020 scholarship program. This program has been established to encourage bison related studies and promote leadership among future bison industry professionals.

In January 2021, the Throlson American Bison Foundation will award scholarships totaling, but not limited to, $10,000 to outstanding college junior, senior or graduate students studying fields related to the bison industry.

A minimum of $2,000 of the $10,000 amount will be awarded in the memory of Richard Zahringer to a student pursuing a degree in agriculture economics, ag-business, or accounting. Ideally this student will have future interest in livestock and specifically bison.


By the completion of the fall semester/quarter, applicants must:

1. Be an undergraduate with junior or senior standing (completed a minimum of 72 semester hours or 108 quarter hours), or a graduate student; in recognized livestock studies, animal science, veterinary, agriculture, accounting, ag-econ, or a human nutrition program, in the United States or Canada;

2. Have at least one semester or two quarters remaining in their degree program;

3. Be enrolled as a full-time student for the fall or spring semester/quarter.

Each application will be screened by the Throlson American Bison Foundation Board of Directors, which will make the final decision regarding the selection of recipients. The scholarship award recipients will be announced in early November, and the scholarships will be awarded in January.

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* 1. Please provide the following information.

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* 2. GENERAL STATEMENT (30 POINTS) In 100 words or less, explain how you may play a role in the growth of the bison industry in the next 15 years.

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* 3. ORGANIZATIONS (10 POINTS): In 200 words or less, list all community and professional organizations to which you belong and your involvement with them. Include length of membership, if applicable.

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* 4. EMPLOYMENT EXPERIENCE (10 POINTS): In 100 words or less, list any livestock, veterinary, biological, zoological, human nutrition, accounting, economics, agribusiness or agricultural work experience you have had to date, including length of employment.

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* 5. HOBBIES & LEISURE ACTIVITIES (5 POINTS): In 100 words or less, list your hobbies and leisure activities.

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* 6. SHORT ESSAY (10 POINTS): In 100 words or less, discuss your philosophy on bison in today’s environment.

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* 7. CRITICAL ISSUES (10 POINTS): In 100 words or less, identify what you believe to be the most critical issues affecting your field of study during the next 10 years.

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* 8. PERSONAL STATEMENT (25 POINTS): In 200 words or less, write a statement directed to the Throlson American Bison Foundation Board of Directors providing information concerning your career goals and objectives (i.e. how you plan to use your education in the future).

When you have completed all parts of the application form, please have your Department Head or Chairperson review and have them complete a confirmation form available here. Your Department Head or Chairperson must then sign and mail a hard copy directly to the Throlson American Bison Foundation at the address below. Also, please be sure to enclose one letter of recommendation from your departmental faculty, this is mandatory and needs to be postmarked by the Oct. 1st deadline to be eligible.

Please mail this form to:
Throlson American Bison Foundation
8690 Wolff Court, #200
Westminster, CO 80031