MSPA Youth Scholarship Fund

One of the Shepherds Weekend features that everyone will miss this year is the annual auction that
supports our scholarship program and youth activities. It is always a great time with Auctioneer Doyle

Your contributions are just as important this year. We hope you will consider a cash donation of what
you might have spent donating or buying an auction item.
We started this program about 25 years ago and it has been going strong ever since then. Many
outstanding folks have come through our youth program and are now contributing members of our

John Heller was our first scholarship winner. He received $500 back then to help support his college
education. Today, John and his wife Courtney still raise sheep and they operate a meat market, True
North Jerky and Foods in Chelsea. They also have three children who now attend our Shepherds
Weekend youth activities.

The sheep industry produces some fine young people, and we need your financial support to continue
our program. This year we will be awarding three scholarships based on the funds we raised in the last
auction. Please consider making a donation so we can continue this program, and a year from now will
be able to recognize outstanding youth.

Donate to the MSPA Youth Scholarship Fund today at 

Michigan Sheep Producers Association Youth Scholarship

Due to the generosity of our members donating and buying items in our youth auction scholarships will be offered again this year. The scholarships will be awarded during the virtual Shepherd’s Weekend. Please review the guidelines below and encourage qualified candidates to apply.

Applicant requirements:
Applicants may be a full-time freshman, sophomore, junior, or senior at a college, university or technical school.
Applicants may apply for the scholarship as many years as they meet the requirements but may only receive the scholarship once.

Scholarship scoring:
50 possible points on experience and involvement with the sheep industry
25 possible points on academic record
10 possible points on community service
15 possible points on the essay
25 bonus points if the applicant or their parent has been a member of MSPA for two years or more.
(In the case of a tie, it will be broken on the basis of a score for experience and involvement in the sheep industry.)

Questions can be directed to Brenda Reau at or 734-755-8285.
The application can be found on the MSPA website. All applications and supporting materials must be emailed in one package to The deadline is 11:59 pm on December 13.


2020 Youth Awards Winner: Katrina Tucker

Congratulations to Katrina Tucker who was recognized this week at the Michigan FFA Association 92nd State Convention as the State Winner in the Sheep Production Proficiency AND the State Winner for the 4-H Sheep Science Award area. Katrina is a member of the Hopkins FFA and currently owns and operates Royal Court Club LambsMichigan Sheep Producers Association is proud to sponsor this award and would like to congratulate Katrina and the other award recipients on their hard work and dedication to their sheep production experiences.