Scholarship Opportunities


The Red Angus Association of America is pleased to award a minimum of five $1000 college scholarships through the support of the Red Angus Foundation, Inc. The following criteria will be used to determine eligibility:

  1. Applicant must be a current JRA member in good standing with the RAAA at the time of application.
  2. Applicant must be a graduating high school senior or a current college freshman with definite plans to enroll in post-secondary education in the fall of the application year.
  3. Complete applications must be submitted by February 15 of the application year.  Applications will only be accepted via the online portal.
  4. Scholarship awards are not limited to one year, last year’s recipients may submit a scholarship application for the current year.

The online Application requires following elements submitted via the online portal:

  • Resume
  • Current Transcript
  • Head and Shoulders Photograph
  • Three Letters of Reference (must meet the February 15 deadline)

 JRA members must register online at  Once registered with the site, the application contains several short answer questions.  You can access the application to review the questions prior to completing and submitting the application for scholarship consideration.

If you have questions about the scholarship process, please contact JRA Activities coordinator at



Troy and Annette Presser, Presser Red Angus, Turtle Lake, N.D., have established the Heather Presser Memorial Scholarships in loving memory of their daughter, Heather. Heather was taken from her family in an ATV accident in 2012.

The scholarships will assist JRA members’ participation in national Junior Red Angus Association (JRA) leadership events throughout the year. Selected JRA members may use the scholarships to defray registration and travel expenses to major JRA leadership events – Loaded 4 Leadership, Young Stockman Program and Round-Up. Scholarship application is open to any JRA member.

JRA members must complete and submit the application by the respective event’s registration deadline.

Available scholarships:

  • Young Stockman Program – $500
  • Loaded 4 Leadership –  $500 
  • Round-Up – $500 

Heather Presser Memorial Scholarship (PDF Form Fillable)

Beef Industry Education Scholarship Program

In an effort to prepare JRA members to be leaders, innovators, stewards and advocates for the Red Angus breed, the beef industry and agriculture, the Beef Industry Education Scholarship Program provides financial support for members to participate in industry activities and events that will impact the member’s success in the industry.
Scholarship applications are accepted each quarter for review. Scholarships of up to $200 each will be awarded to support the member’s registration and participation in the educational experience.
Scholarship recipients are required to:
• Review the supplied Red Angus breed promotion packet to accurately promote the Red Angus breed when appropriate throughout the educational experience.
• Submit an article for publication, 5-10 photos, and at least two quotes reviewing the educational experience within 15 days of the experience. These items will be used in a variety of Red Angus Association media outlets (e.g. ARA magazine, website, Facebook, blog).
Examples of Beef Industry Education Programs:
• North Dakota Stockmen’s Association’s Tomorrow’s Top Hands Beef Leadership Summit
• Texas Cattle Feeders Association’s Junior Fed Beef Career & Leadership Program
• New Mexico’s Youth Ranch Management Camp
• Iowa 4-H’s Animal Science Round Up
• Texas A&M’s Beef Short Course Youth Track
• Artificial Insemination Certification Course

Beef Industry Education Scholarship Application


There are two scholarships available to faciliate the involvement of youth interested in commerical beef production.

A private fund has been established to provide one, fully paid sponsorship for a young Red Angus enthusiast to attend Round-Up. This award will provide full registration expense to Round-Up as well as travel to Round-Up for the recipient. 

The founders of this award have two primary areas of intent:

1. Provide means for a young person with financial limitations to attend Round-Up

2. Encourage involvement of commercial operation-based young people with Round-Up and Red Angus junior programs

The Colorado Red Angus Affiliate has established a second scholarship to assist with a young commercial cattlemen's interest in attending Round-Up. Individuals interested in applying for the Colorado-sponsored "Beef Industry Scholarship" should contact the Junior Coordinator at

This funding for these scholarships are not intended for juniors already members of the JRA but for a young person with interest in Red Angus and the beef industry from a commercial background and one who would not be able to attend Round-Up due to expense. We are looking for young people who are motivated by the cattle industry and may benefit from attending Round-Up. Potential nominees may include children or grandchildren of your customers and bull buyers, farm- or ranch-oriented youth who don’t participate in JRA because they do not have registered cattle, young people who are buying bulls, or perhaps heifers, for use in a crossbreeding program.

RAAA and JRA members may suggest potential candidates by contacting the Junior Coordinator at  Participant suggestions are requested by April 1 to provide time for individuals to complete an application for scholarship selection by May 1.

The award founders will select the individual recipient.


The Merit Award Program (MAP) rewards the individual merits, hard work and accomplishments of all aspects of a JRA member's involvement with Red Angus. The comprehensive application details Red Angus activities and involvements of the applicant - including Association activities, competition, performance/production, marketing and leadership. 

Each year, applications for MAP will be due on May 1 (applications will run on a May 1 to May 1 calendar year.) Each question on the application is assigned a point value and the applications are scored accordingly. The individual attaining the highest point score will be awarded a Round-Up Scholarship of $750 ; second place individual will receive a $500 reward; third place individual will receive a $250 reward. 

Complete applications must be received by 11:59 p.m. CST May 1 via email to Junior Programs Coordinator at Incomplete and/or late applications will not be considered.

Merit Award Application (Form Fillable PDF)