Kentucky student-athletes involved in agriculture are invited to apply for one of six scholarships and recognition as the 2022 Kentucky Ag Athlete of the Year.
The program is a partnership between the Kentucky High School Athletic Association (KHSAA) and the Kentucky Department of Agriculture (KDA).
“Athletics and agriculture have a lot in common. They both teach the value of effort, discipline and teamwork, ”Agriculture Commissioner Dr Ryan Quarles said. “We are delighted to join our KHSAA partners for the fourth year in honoring the best young athletes and farmers in the Commonwealth of Nations. We hope that these scholarships will help cover the ever increasing cost of higher education for those who aspire to excellence in athletics and agriculture. “
To qualify, student-athletes must be Kentucky farmers or involved in agriculture; must be high school graduates; and must be accepted into a college, university or trade school upon graduation. A major in Agriculture is not required and preference will be given to colleges in Kentucky; however, out-of-state schools will be considered if the candidate is seeking a specialized degree in an agricultural field.
Two student-athletes – a male and a female – will be named Outstanding Kentucky Ag Athletes of the Year and receive scholarships of $ 2,000. Four student-athletes – two men and two women – will receive $ 1,000 scholarships as Kentucky Ag’s Athletes of the Year. Winners will be announced at the Whitaker Bank / KHSAA Boys’ Sweet Sixteen Basketball Tournament ® 2022 in March at Rupp Arena in Lexington.
The scholarships are payable to a higher education institution. Funding for the scholarships comes from KDA’s “Ag Tag” program, which is funded by voluntary donations from Kentucky motorists when they purchase or renew their farm vehicle license plates. No state taxpayer money will be used to fund scholarships.
Student-athletes must apply online by January 31. To apply, go to khsaa.org.
Kentucky Department of Agriculture