Martin Farms of Lyles, Tennessee has issued a call for entries for the Kenneth Ambrose Memorial Heifer Scholarship, an ongoing program founded by Neil and Christopher Martin to help youth kick start or add to a fledgling beef project. Founders Neil and Christopher Martin started their Heifer Starter Kit program in 2006, enlisting additional donors in 2012 when the program was renamed after their late friend and mentor, Kenneth Ambrose. Ambrose was a former University of Tennessee agricultural extension agent and a great enthusiast for the 4-H youth livestock program.
“Kenneth was directly responsible for a lot of kids’ involvement in 4-H, and he fueled their accomplishments by coaching them toward success,” says Christopher Martin. “Our goal is to recognize and remember Kenneth’s spirit and enthusiasm toward youth and agriculture and to encourage that same type of involvement and success.”
Since 2006, a total of $33,084 has been awarded in scholarships and vouchers with nineteen youth receiving full or partial scholarships toward the purchase of a registered heifer and several more youth receiving sponsored vouchers. Beginning in 2012, additional heifers have been donated by Slate Farms & Cattle Co. of Vanleer and Water’s Edge Farm of Franklin, both guest consignors at Martin’s annual Open House at the Farm production sale where the scholarships will be awarded September 23rd.
Scholarship finalists will be chosen based on a written application and a special project chosen by the applicant and related to the production or promotion of beef cattle. All finalists will be invited to Martin Farms for panel interviews, and winners are chosen based on composite scores. The deadline for entry is September 15, 2016.
Additional donors who have supported the initiative in the past include Performance Feeds; ABS Global; Barry Ellis and Accelerated Genetics; Genex Cooperative; Select Sires; Patricia McDougal AI Services; Cattlemen’s Choice Genetics; Farm Credit Mid America; Mix 30 Liquid Feeds; Tennessee Cattlemen’s Association; and Jane Herron State Farm. A semen and embryo auction is planned prior to Martin’s Open House to raise funds to help alternates purchase a heifer of their own.
Those who might be interested in applying can download an application HERE > Juniors contact Chris Martin by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 931-580-6821.