IJBBA | Iowa Junior Beef Breeds Association | Scholarships
The Iowa Junior Beef Breeds Association is a non-profit organization and affiliate of the Iowa Beef Breeds Council. Junior members are given the opportunity to learn, develop new skills, and grow through the many opportunities provided by exhibiting steers and heifers throughout the state of Iowa.
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IJBBA Scholarship Application Requirements.
There is no formal application!


A. Must be an Iowa resident.

B. The applicant for the scholarship for 2018 high school seniors must be a current member of the Iowa Junior Beef Breeds Association (IJBBA).

C. The applicant for the scholarship for current college students must either be a current member of the IJBBA or a former member of the IJBBA.

D. Contestants are not limited to attending a four-year college – vocational schools, trade schools and community colleges are also acceptable.


A. Two scholarships will be awarded for high school seniors graduating in 2018. It will consist of one $750 and one $500 per year for two consecutive years that the student remains in school with a maximum of $1500 and $1000 total. Should the student drop from school, the scholarship is permanently terminated. If, for example, the winner attended the American Institute of Business on that institution’s 20 month program, the individual would receive a maximum of $750 or $500 unless after completing that program, they would immediately transfer to another school that would accept the credits they had already earned. In that case, the maximum scholarship amount would then apply.


B. Two scholarships will be awarded to students who have completed either one or two years at a four-year college or university, vocational school, trade school, or community college. It will consist of one $750 and one $500 per year for two consecutive years that the student remains in school with a maximum of $1500 and $1000 total. Should the student drop from school, the scholarship is permanently terminated. As explained under item A. above it is acceptable for the student to transfer to another school during the effective period of the scholarship.




A. All applications will be forwarded to the IBBC Scholarship committee.

B. All applicants will be interviewed for final consideration for their respective scholarship.

C. The final winner of each scholarship will be selected by outside judges. A minimum of two qualified judges will be used who are accustomed to dealing with scholarship applications.


Criteria to be used by the Judges in their selection of the 2018 High School Senior Scholarships and Post High School Student Scholarships:


There is NO Formal Application!
Applicants must present the information requested in an original and self-made format.


A. Neatness of Application – 5 Points
Please be sure to include your name, address, phone, cell phone and email.
1. Use of Language
2. Spelling
3. Punctuation


B. Personal Interview – 20 Points
The ability of the applicant to sell themselves.


C. Scholarship – 10 Points
A transcript of the applicant’s high school or university, vocational, or trade school grades.


D. Past Accomplishments with Cattle – 10 Points


E. Leadership Accomplishments – 10 Points


F. Initiative and Participation – 25 Points
The ability to start, stay with and finish a project. This should include extra-curricular activities at current school. In the case of post high school applicants, credit will be given to students employed to assist with school expenses.


G. A typed essay of up to 500 words – 20 Points
TOPIC:  “I feel an important issue facing the cattle industry is __?__. It is important because __?__.”


A. All applicants, must have their applications postmarked into the Iowa Beef Breeds Council on or before February 1, 2018.



The date of the interviews will be Friday, February 16, 2018, the exact time and location will be determined by the availability of the judges and will be made known to the applicants as soon as it can be established. Scholarship applicants must be able to be present, in person for the interview in order to be eligible for the scholarship.


Absolutely NO PHONE interviews will be allowed.


The scholarship program is funded through generosity of corporate sponsors. The Iowa Junior Beef Breeds Association sincerely appreciates the support of it’s corporate sponsors who have each contributed $500 toward this very important program.


Corporate Sponsors include: Hawkeye Breeders Service, Inc., Trans Ova Genetics, Inc., Iowa Bankers Association, and Zoetis.

Applications may be sent to:

Iowa Beef Expo
Mindy Campfield
11281 SE 56th Avenue
Runnells, IA 50237
Phone: 515-966-0075

Scholarship Committee:

Mike Dierenfeld

Jim Venner

Marshall Ruble

Mike Nolin


Congratulations to:

High School 1st: Elizabeth Smith

High School 2nd: Haley Greiman

College 1st: Matthew Shroeder

College 2nd: Jacob Smith


Haley Greiman, 18, from Perry, Iowa, is the daughter of Kurt and Tina Greiman. She is currently a freshman at Iowa State University majoring in Chemical Engineering. Greiman plans to pursue a career in the agricultural industry after graduation. She is involved in Iowa State Block and Bridle and the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, and is also the current secretary of the Iowa Junior Angus Association. Her hobbies besides showing cattle include playing volleyball and attending collegiate sporting events. Greiman has been involved in the Iowa Junior Angus Association for eight years, and has attended many Iowa Angus Field Days and Preview Shows, National Junior Angus Shows, and Iowa State Fairs. She has also enjoyed participating in the Leaders Engaged in Angus Development and Raising the Bar conferences the past three years. Greiman looks forward to continuing her show career for the next few years before graduating from Iowa State in 2021.


Matthew Schroeder, 19, from Radcliffe, Iowa, is the son of Mark and Julie Schroeder. He is currently a sophomore attending Iowa State University pursuing a Bachelors of Science in Animal Science with a minor in Speech Communications. At Iowa State, he serves as treasurer and manager of the student improvisational comedy group, Grandma Mojos. He is also a member of the Iowa State Block and Bridle and the Beef Interest Group. Matthew also serves as an active member for the Iowa State Student Union Board. Matthew’s dream job is a communications based career in the beef industry where he can take steps to educate the public and work with producers and youth. Matthew has been a member of IJBBA for 11 years and has shown at several shows including the Iowa Beef Expo and the ISU Block and Bridle Classic. He has also been an active showman in the South Hamilton FFA where he has exhibited at the Iowa State Fair for 4 years. His goal is to educate the public on the beef industry and present an agricultural point of view in local and national topics. His favorite quote is from Stephen McCranie, “the master has failed more times than the beginner has even tried.”


Elizabeth Smith, 18, from Decorah, IA, is the daughter of Eric and Dainna Smith. She is currently a freshman at Iowa State University pursing a Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Business. Elizabeth also plans to double major in Accounting with a minor in Agronomy. At Iowa State, Elizabeth is a member of the National Agri-Marketing team (NAMA) and is an active member in the Agricultural Business and Block and Bridle club. Smith’s career goals are to work as a credit finance officer at a company like John Deere. Outside of showing livestock, Smith’s hobbies include playing sports, skiing, boating, and spending time with her family. Throughout Smith’s livestock showing career she has traveled across the state of Iowa during the IJBBA show circuit, throughout the nation participating in Shorthorn Junior Nationals, once to the American Royal, and to various other shows including the Badger Kickoff in Wisconsin. As a member of the NJSA, Smith has meet many new friends and realized the importance of youth involvement in the livestock industry. However, Smith wants people to know that family is the key to success, nothing she did could have been accomplished without the help of her family. Her favorite quote is by Joel Brown, “The only thing that stands between you and your dream is the will to try and the belief that it is actually possible.”


Jacob Smith, 19, from Newton, IA, is the son of Marc and Brenda Smith. He is currently a sophomore at Northwest Missouri State University pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Education and a minor in Animal Science. At Northwest, Smith is a member of the Alpha Gamma Rho Beta Rho chapter and currently serves as one of the Green and Gold Classic Steer Show chairs. Smith is also involved in Block and Bridal and the Ag Education Club on campus. Jacob currently serves as the American Junior Black Hereford Association president and Iowa Junior Hereford Association treasurer.  Smith plans to pursue a career as a high school Ag teacher/ FFA Advisor. Smith has enjoyed showing at the county fair, Iowa State Fair, Iowa Beef Expo and the Black Hereford and Hereford Junior Nationals. Smith was the Hereford representative in the 2017 Iowa Governor’s Charity Steer Show. Jacob was Reserve Showman in this year’s Supreme overall Showman at his county fair where he had to show eight different species before a judge. Jacob recently earned his American FFA degree. Smith’s hobbies outside of showing cattle are taking care of his cows at home, looking at his herd genetics and making genetic selection and fishing with his friends.