The Grant County Copper Cowbelles are now taking scholarship applications for students pursuing jobs in trade professions. They will continue to offer scholarships for college degrees in agricultural fields but recognize the need to reach a broader field of applicants in rural areas by supporting those individuals that want careers such as welders, plumbers, electricians and lineman.

Applications are now available for the 2019-2020 school year. Applicants pursuing trade professions must be a graduate of a Grant County high school or in a dual enrollment program for their desired trade.

College applicants must be entering their sophomore or higher year in college and be pursuing a degree in an agricultural field. They must be a graduate of a Grant County high school.

The CowBelles are a non-profit organization whose interest is providing educational information about the beef industry and preserving the western heritage of the area. The scholarship spokesperson, Pat Hunt, states “that while the CowBelles are primarily interested in promoting accurate information about beef nutrition and ranching, we understand the need to continue our western heritage in all areas of agriculture and rural life. Therefore, we encourage students studying courses such as range management, animal and veterinary sciences and agricultural economics to apply. By deciding to include trade professions, we feel we are promoting careers for individuals that may not prefer college studies and will hopefully fill the growing need for trade professions in rural areas.”

Those interested in receiving an application should contact Pat at 575-534-7649 as soon as possible.