Kentucky students encouraged to apply for 2023 Kentucky Ag Athletes of the Year
KDA-KHSAA partnership awards six scholarships to Kentucky student-athletes
FRANKFORT (Oct. 24, 2022) - Kentucky student-athletes who are involved in agriculture are invited to apply for one of six scholarships and recognition as a 2023 Kentucky Ag Athlete of the Year.
The program is a partnership of the Kentucky High School Athletic Association (KHSAA) and the Kentucky Department of Agriculture (KDA).
“Perseverance, patience, teamwork, discipline, and goal setting are all attributes athletics and agriculture have in common,” Agriculture Commissioner Dr. Ryan Quarles said. “We are pleased to join our partners at the KHSAA to once again honor these attributes and reward the commonwealth’s best young athletes and agriculturists. Our hope is these scholarships help lighten a financial burden for those seeking higher-education excellence in athletics and agriculture.”
To qualify, student-athletes must be involved in Kentucky agriculture; must participate in one or more KHSAA sports or sport activities during the 2022-2023 school year; must be graduating seniors in high school; and must be accepted to a college, university, or trade school following graduation. An agriculture major is not required, and preference will be given to Kentucky colleges; however, out-of-state schools will be considered if the applicant is seeking a specialized degree in an agricultural field.
Two student-athletes – one male and one female – will be named Outstanding Kentucky Ag Athletes of the Year and will be awarded $2,000 scholarships. Four student-athletes – two males and two females – will be awarded $1,000 scholarships as Kentucky Ag Athletes of the Year. Winners will be announced at the 2023 UK HealthCare Boys’ Sweet Sixteen in March at Rupp Arena in Lexington.
The scholarships are payable to an institution of higher learning. Funding for the scholarships comes from the KDA’s “Ag Tag” program, which is funded by voluntary donations from Kentucky motorists when they buy or renew their farm vehicle license plates. No state taxpayer dollars are used to fund the scholarship awards.
Student-athletes must apply online by Dec. 31. To apply, go to khsaa.org/ge83-agriculture-athlete-of-the-year-scholarship-application/.