The cancellation of the 2020 Minnesota State Fair and most county fairs in Minnesota has greatly affected 4-H livestock project members this year. However, one tradition which will continue is the awarding of the 4-H auction scholarships in 2020.

Any current Minnesota 4-H member who is enrolled in one or more 4-H animal science projects and graduated from high school in either 2019 or 2020 is eligible to apply. In addition, applicants must be enrolled at an accredited college or university for the 2020-21 school year and be furthering their education working toward a post-secondary degree.

The deadline for eligible 4-H members to apply for the 4-H Auction scholarships is Aug. 1.  The application form contains all necessary details. The application can be downloaded from the Minnesota Livestock Breeders’ Association 4-H auction website at: www.mnpurpleribbonauction.org.

The scholarships are sponsored by the MLBA in conjunction with Minnesota 4-H and the state 4-H auction committee. Since it’s inception in 1995, the 4-H auction scholarship program has awarded approximately $525,000 in scholarships to 390 4-H members.

Questions on 4-H auction scholarship sponsorships or applications can be directed to MLBA Secretary Steve Pooch at (651) 323-4210 or Kent Thiesse, Finance Chair of the MLBA Purple Ribbon Auction at (507) 381-7960.