Youth Achievement Awards
for Montana Farmers Union

The Montana Farmers Union is a statewide grassroots organization working for family farmers, ranchers and rural communities through conferences, scholarships and other educational opportunities as well as legislative representation and support for producer-owned cooperatives.

Montana Farmers Union would like to recognize the valuable contribution that our youth have made to Montana. The following is a list of awards and eligibility requirements.

Award Cycle

The yearly cycle will begin on September 1st.  All qualifications must be met prior to August 31st the following year.

Membership dues must be current

Qualifying MFU functions

  1. MFU camp
  2. Local or county meetings
  3. State convention
  4. Day camp

Community Service Options (verification required)

1. Assist at MFU trade show/fair booth 2. Selling an MFU membership
3. Picking up trash around your neighborhood 4. Recruit a camper
5. Help with a community garden 6. Volunteer babysitting
7. Spending the day with an elderly person 8. Volunteer for a non-profit organization
9. Going to work with Mom or Dad 10. Be a Page at the State Legislature
11. Job shadow someone in your community 12. Contact Education Director for other opportunities

Special Project Options

  1. Correspondence project
  2. Presentation in classroom
  3.  Write to a legislator

Senior Youth Advisory Council (SYAC)

Members will help plan, organize, brainstorm and assist in the implementation of the upcoming summer camping program which includes theme nights, camp projects, crafts, camp souvenirs and other activities.  SYAC members are required to attend all MFU summer camps.  They will host the Senior Leadership Camp.  Other responsibilities include:

  1. Assist with the MFU Annual State Convention by giving presentation as requested and helping with convention day camp.
  2. Assist with other projects as they pertain to youth education/activities that may arise during the year.

Make Up Opportunities

Youth Leaders may have the opportunity to make up qualification requirements by completing a correspondence project.  Only one make up project will be permitted at both the Junior and Senior levels.  Contact the MFU Education Director for more information.

Youth Leadership Program

Award Ages/Grade Qualifications Award
Peanut 6-8
  1. One community service
  2. Attend one MFU function
Free camp registration for awardee and friend
Junior Leader Complete all qualifications prior to age 15
  1. One community service
  2. Attend five MFU functions
Award certificate and admission pass and lunch for participant and a friend to spend a day at a Montana water/amusement park*
Senior Leader Year 1 Prior to entering 9th grade
  1. Attend MFU Senior Camp
  2. One community service
  3. One MFU function
Award certificate and t-shirt
Senior Leader Year 2 Prior to entering 10th grade
  1. Attend MFU Senior Camp
  2. One community service
  3. Two MFU functions
Award certificate and half priced registration for Senior Camp
Senior Leader Year 3 Prior to entering 11th grade
  1. Serve as a Junior Dean at MFU Junior Camp
  2. Attend MFU Senior Camp
  3. Two MFU functions
  4. One community service
  5. One special project
Award certificate and free camp registration for Senior Camp
Senior Leader Year 4 Prior to entering 12th grade
  1. Attend MFU Senior Camp
  2. Two MFU functions
  3. Two community service
  4. One special project
Award certificate and travel expenses paid to attend MFU Senior Leadership Retreat
All-States Camp 17-20
  1. Complete Junior Year in high school
  2. Earn a minimum of two years of MFU Achievement Awards
Travel expenses and registration fees paid to attend National All-States Camp in Bailey, CO
SYAC 16-20 Members are elected via democratic process at MFU Senior Camp. Registration, travel expenses and meals will be provided to attend the annual SYAC Leadership Retreat
Torchbearer 18-21
  1. Earn a minimum of three years of Senior MFU Achievement Awards
  2. Be able to attend MFU State Convention
  3. Submit completed application and personal recommendations by specified date
Free one year membership to MFU and expenses paid to attend the National Farmers Union Convention the following year
Mildred Stoltz 8-13 Youth leaders decide together upon two youth who will receive this award.  Winners are chosen for their membership in MFU, a positive attitude, people skills, kindness, sensitivity, good verbal skills, and a good understanding of cooperative principles Free camp registration for awardee and friend, plaque, and $50

*Summer staff will be present to supervise and interact with the youth and parents throughout the day.


MONTANA

Bud Daniels Memorial
MFU college sophomore or above
Amount:  $500.00 (one)

Chouteau County Farmers Union Scholarship:
MFU college bound high school graduate
Amount:  $500.00 (one)

Cascade County Farmers Union Scholarship:
Cascade County college bound high school graduate
Amount:  $500.00 (one)

Headquarters Local of Cascade County Farmers Union Scholarship:
Cascade County college bound high school graduate
Amount:  $500.00 (one)

Flathead County Farmers Union Scholarship:
College bound high school graduate
Amount:  $500.00 (one)

Montana Farmers Union Scholarship:
MFU college bound high school graduate
Amount:  $500.00 (two)

John Korsbeck Memorial Scholarship:
MFU college bound high school graduate, college or non-traditional student
Amount:  $500.00 (one)

NATIONAL FARMERS UNION

Stanley Moore Scholarships
FU members of all ages seeking higher education
Amount: $500.00 (several)

Hubert K. Seymour Scholarship
FU members seeking higher education
Amount: $2,000.00 (one)

Stanley Moore Regional Scholarships
FU members & children in Minnesota, Montana, North Dakota,
South Dakota and Wisconsin
Amount: $1,500.00 (several)

NFU scholarship application material is available at nfu.org.

Contact: Kathryn Peterson, Youth Education & Event Coordinator, for applications/details
Montana Farmers Union
300 River Drive North
P.O. Box 2447
Great Falls, MT 59403-2447
406-452-6406/1-800-234-4071

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