Jersey Youth Academy deadline drawing near

Friday, Nov. 30 is the deadline to submit applications for the third Jersey Youth Academy, presented by the American Jersey Cattle Association.

Youth who will be juniors or seniors in high school in the fall of 2013 and current college students who will have at least one year remaining to complete their degree are eligible to apply. Applicants must be U.S. residents. A total of 36 individuals will be selected for the program scheduled for July 14 through 19, 2013 in Columbus.

The application is posted on the Academy web site at http://academy.usjersey.com. Applications must be received in the office no later than 4:30 p.m. Eastern time on Nov. 30.

Selection will be based on an evaluation of merit, motivation and preparation for the program as reflected in the written application and goal statement.

Established in 2008, Jersey Youth Academy achieves three broad objectives: first, for the participants to learn why and how the Jersey breed has grown and prospered, and what the future holds for the Jersey business; second, for them to meet leaders from the Jersey community and from across the support industry, and to gain their unique insights about the dairy business with a specific focus on the Jersey cow; and third, to learn about the range of career opportunities that involve the Jersey breed and Jersey products, and begin the journey that will take them to success working in the Jersey dairy business.

All program and transportation costs are paid by the Academy’s 501(c)(3) educational foundation. Contributors to the foundation represent a broad spectrum of Jersey breeder and dairy industry support, with the largest contribution to date coming from the all-donation National Heifer Sale in June, 2011.

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