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4-H members in Minnesota are reminded that the deadline to submit scholarship applications for the Minnesota State Fair "Purple Ribbon 4-H Livestock Auction" scholarships is Monday, August 1. Scholarship applications are open to any Minnesota 4-H member that graduated from high school in 2022 or 2021 and are enrolled in a 4-H animal science project in 2022. The 4-H eligible 4-H animal science projects include both breeding and market animal projects and all species of livestock, including horses, dogs and llamas. The 4-H Auction scholarship application can be completed online and can be accessed at: https://www.mlbapurpleribbonauction.org/
Over fifty scholarships, totaling over $100,000.00, will be awarded at the 2022 4-H Auction to outstanding 4-H junior leaders enrolled in the Minnesota 4-H animal science program. This includes at least eleven $4,000 scholarships, twenty-one $2,000 scholarships, and approximately $1,000 scholarships. With the 2022 estimated totals, the 4-H Auction scholarship program will have awarded over $800,000 in scholarships to approximately 540 4-H members since 1995.
Over half of the funding for the 4-H Auction scholarships comes from a long list of businesses and individuals that have donated to the scholarship program The balance of the scholarship funding comes from the 4-H Auction “Animal Science Enhancement Fund”, which is also used to fund special 4-H livestock programs across Minnesota during the year. These funds are generated from twenty percent of the State Fair 4-H Auction proceeds on each exhibit. The balance of the proceeds in the auction go directly to the 4-H youth selected for the auction during the State Fair 4-H livestock shows.
2022 will mark the 43rd anniversary of the "Purple Ribbon 4-H Livestock Auction" at the Minnesota State Fair, which is sponsored by the Minnesota Livestock Breeders Association (MLBA). The Purple Ribbon 4-H Auction will be held on Saturday, August 27, in Compeer Arena at the State Fairgrounds, with the 4-H scholarship presentation beginning at 5:00 pm and the 4-H Auction commencing at 6:00 pm. The premiums on over 115 purple ribbon 4-H market livestock exhibits will be sold in the 4-H Auction. For more details on the MN State Fair 4-H Auction and the 4-H scholarship program, please refer to the following web site: https://www.mlbapurpleribbonauction.org/