NILE Foundation accepting scholarship applications

Billings, Mont.– A new year, brings new opportunities for youth in Agriculture! The NILE Foundation is now accepting applications for scholarships for the 2022-2023 academic year.

For over 30 years, the NILE (Northern International Livestock Exposition) has awarded scholarships to deserving FFA and 4-H students. The criteria being that applicants have been leaders in their respective programs, excelled in the classroom, participated in NILE events and actively involved in their communities.

Given the extended unprecedented times, the NILE Foundation’s Scholarship Program will continue to support youth in Agriculture with limited fundraising opportunities. “Supporting youth in agriculture is a cornerstone of the NILE Foundation’s mission,” says Rick Hamilton, Interim General Manager of the NILE. “It is of the utmost importance that we continue to do our part in assisting youth achieve their goals. Whether they are attending a university, junior college or trade school, we look to help them excel.”

Scholarships will be awarded and announced in April 2022. Similar to previous years, the NILE Scholarship Committee will be awarding five levels of scholarships:

High School One Time Scholarship – Awarded to high school seniors that meet the qualifications listed in the guidelines.

Rolling Scholarship – The rolling scholarships will be offered to a select group of High School Seniors who will have the opportunity to renew the scholarship yearly, up to four years of their secondary education. Recipients of rolling scholarships will be chosen from the pool of applicants that are current seniors in High School.

Secondary One Time Scholarship – A one-time grant, for students already enrolled in College or a Vo-Tech school meeting the qualifications.

Shining Star: All qualified applicants are eligible. This scholarship is for an applicant that stands out in the crowd.

NILE Legacy Award – Offered to students that have been very active in various NILE events from the time they were young!

Needle In The Haystack – This scholarship will be randomly drawn for during the NILE Foundation’s Stetson and Stilettos in the Spring 2022. All scholarship applicants will be eligible – must be present to win.

Scholarship applications and guidelines can be found at, or by contacting the NILE Office at (406) 256-2495. Applications must be received at the NILE Office by March 1, 2022 by 4 p.m. Incomplete or late applications will not be considered.

Each year the NILE touches the lives of nearly 10,000 youth and provides over $55,000 in cash and live animal scholarships. Major highlights of NILE Youth Programs are the NILE Merit Heifer Program, 4th Grade Ag Education, Jr. Fed Livestock Show, Scholarship Program, and Internship Program. Live Animal scholarships are donations of heifers to kids in the Merit Heifer Program.

The NILE Foundation was established in 2009 as a supporting arm of the NILE organization, which is dedicated to the promotion of livestock, agriculture education, and respect for the western culture. It is funded through generous donations and the NILE Foundation’s annual fundraiser.


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