Help Support Future Farmers
In 2018 Farming Bovina established an annual scholarship fund to be awarded to a qualifying graduating local highschool senior who will be continuing their education in the field of agriculture. The scholarship is given in memory of June E. Burns. June was a lifelong resident of Bovina and part of Bovina's long farming history. Her husband, Jack, and niece, Colleen, and family continue the family tradition of farming through the operation of Bramley Mountain Farm. By coincidence June's grand-nephew Jack Stanton was the first winner of the scholarship.
The scholarship is awarded over a period of two years for a total of $2,000. The recipient needs to complete an application proving their acceptance into a program of agricultural studies as well as submitting an essay describing their goals and plans for their future in agriculture. Members of Farming Bovina review each application and vote to choose a winner. To continue receipt of the funds a recipient must maintain attendance in a given number of credit hours related to their field of agricultural studies.
2021 should see a large round of applicants as we have been made aware that there are several graduating local high school seniors with plans to attend college in pursuit of an education in agriculture. Help us maintain and continue the Farming Bovina scholarship fund with your donation.
Farming Bovina is thrilled to provide a scholarship to one deserving student in the Bovina area who will go on to an educational program with a concentration in agriculture. This scholarship allows us to promote and support the young people who are committed to carry on the hard work, dedication and passion of farming in this area. We'd like to introduce you to scholarship recipients to date.
2019 Scholarship Award Winner
Anna, who comes from a farming family, grew up on a Pink Street dairy farm operated by her mother, Molly. Her aunt also owns a local area farm running an agri-tourism business.
Anna has chosen to study Agricultural Business at SUNY Cobleskill. When we sat down with Anna she told us that she believes agriculture is the backbone of the nation. For her, growing up on a dairy farm has been a privilege. She expressed how important it was to have Future Farmers of America (FFA) in her high school classroom, stating that FFA provided her with hands on learning and leadership skills that have not only left an impact on her, but many others as well. FFA introduced her to what she is most passionate about -- the Agricultural Industry.
2018 Scholarship Award Winner
Jack, the son of Jason and Lisa Burns Stanton, is an 8th generation “Burns” to grow up in Bovina. Jack, who is ambitiously working toward a degree in Animal Industry, has decided to add yet another degree, Agricultural Engineering, to his studies at SUNY Cobleskill.
Jack has completed his first year at SUNY Cobleskill with honors and we recently sat down with him to see how he thought it went. Jack related that while he has enjoyed all his classes, it is the agriculturally related ones that he prefers, with livestock evaluation topping the list. Not only did Jack prefer his Livestock Evaluation class, he excelled in it winning the college’s competition in this field six times. He is looking forward to next year when he will be traveling to other colleges to compete in the advanced livestock evaluation competitions.
After graduation Jack plans on returning to Bovina to continue the family tradition of farming in Bovina.