Youth who have a strong desire to pursue a career in managing and/or marketing Registered Jersey™ cattle are encouraged to apply for the 2020 Fred Stout Experience awards.
The awards are presented annually in memory of Fred J. Stout Sr., Mt. Carmel, Ill., a lifelong Jersey breeder and member of the Jersey Marketing Service staff from 1978 to 1997 who believed that the best learning experiences happen in the everyday world.
Awards will be made for two paid internships, one with Jersey Marketing Service, Reynoldsburg, Ohio, and the other an on-farm, customized experience on a Jersey dairy operation. The awards, provided by a permanent endowment created by friends and colleagues of Fred Stout, will pay for housing, travel and related activities required by the cooperating employer up to the maximum amount of the scholarship award.
2019 Fred Stout Interns
Brennan Topp, Orrville, Ohio, and Abigail Grimm, Milaca, Minn., were selected as the 2019 recipients of the Fred Stout Experience Awards.
Topp (pictured right) spent his summer working with Jersey Marketing Service. He assisted with the preparation, staging and wrap-up work for the company’s public auctions, online and private treaty sales including the National Heifer Sale in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. Brennan also spent the week assisting as needed with the Jersey Youth Academy in July.
Abigail’s (seen left) internship was spent at Broumley Dairy in Hico, Texas where she focused on strengthening her herd management knowledge and abilities. She spent time working on many parts of the dairy and helping implement protocols.
How to Apply
Applicants must have completed their high school education. To apply, submit a one-page résumé listing previous work experience, skills and other qualifications, plus a separate cover letter stating your ambitions, goals and career aspirations, including plans for achieving them. The letter must also explain how and why the Fred Stout Experience will be of benefit in achieving future goals. A summary of involvement with and interest in Registered Jersey™ cattle is required. Specify which experience (marketing internship, on-farm internship) is preferred, or indicate if you are interested in both opportunities.
Two letters of support are required, one from an active breeder of Registered Jersey™ cattle, excluding immediate family members; and the other from a teacher, mentor or past employer. These must be mailed directly by the supporters to the AJCA office.
Applications and letters of support must be postmarked no later than December 1, 2019 and addressed to Fred Stout Experience, American Jersey Cattle Association, 6486 E. Main Street, Reynoldsburg, OH 43068-2362. They can also be submitted by email.