Deadline nears for NILE scholarship applications

Amid the restrictions of the COVID-19 pandemic and cancellation of the NILE Foundation 2020 scholarship fundraiser, the NILE Foundation has continued plans to award over $30,000 in scholarships this year to agriculture students in a multi-state area that includes Wyoming.

NILE – which stands for Northern International Livestock Exposition – is based in Montana. Six levels of scholarships will be awarded this year, and the deadline for applications is March 2.

To qualify for a scholarship, an applicant must be actively involved in their community, a leader in their respective program, must have excelled in the classroom and have participated in NILE events. Scholarships will be awarded and announced in April.

Scholarships to be awarded this year include the following:

High School One Time Scholarship – Awarded to high school seniors that meet the qualifications listed in the guidelines.

Secondary One Time Scholarship – A one-time grant that will be offered to students already enrolled in college or a vo-tech program meeting the qualifications.

Shining Star – Awarded to an applicant that stands out in a crowd. All qualified applicants are eligible.

Needle in the Haystack – This is awarded to any NILE scholarship applicant who attends the annual NILE Foundation Scholarship Fundraiser. Date and location of the event will be determined. The winner will be randomly drawn the night of the event.

NILE Legacy Award – Offered to students who have been very active in various NILE events from the time they were young.

Rolling Scholarship – Offered to a select group of high school seniors who will have the opportunity to renew the scholarship yearly for up to four years of their secondary education. Recipients of the rolling scholarships will be chosen from the pool of applicants who are currently seniors in high school.

For guidelines and scholarship applications, go online to or call the NILE office at (406) 256-2495.

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