Program Overview: The art of beekeeping is being encouraged through this youth scholarship program. The Bees Alive Club of Nixa, MO is excited to work alongside a younger generation of potential beekeepers, to not only teach the hobby, but also to educate them on the industry as a whole. Our scholarship is offered to youth between the ages of 15 and 18, who are residents of the SW MO area and enrolled in public, private or home school. The program provides all the equipment necessary for the recipient(s) to become a hobbyist beekeeper. Recipient(s) will receive an orientation and/or a book on beginning beekeeping, have a mentor, and get to have their own hive to learn from and take care of during the process. The direct mentorship and close supervision lasts one year, which is long enough to ensure the student(s) has had enough time to be on their own in the hobby. Upon successful completion of the scholarship requirements, the recipient(s) will receive a recognition certificate and full ownership of the hive.
Premises: The Bees Alive Club (BAC) began scholarships for youth in 2014. As a club we are dedicated to provide a large part of the resources, effort, and education needed to help get youth involved and committed to the hobby of beekeeping. It is our hope that as a club, combining our networking and resources, we can be successful in reaching out to new families that are excited and willing to learn about beekeeping and become actively involved in maintaining healthy bee colonies and participating in the education of beekeeping. While our primary goal of offering this scholarship program is to engage families that have not previously been involved in beekeeping, we welcome any student with a desire to become involved in beekeeping to apply! Family support is encouraged!
BAC Youth Scholarship Program 2020 Objective
To educate youth in the art of beekeeping and to promote a better understanding of the value of honey bees to our environment and to the food industry.
To provide an opportunity for youth to experience responsibility and enjoyment through beekeeping.
To provide an avenue for youth to engage in a vocation and gain the potential to pursue beekeeping as a hobby or full time profession.
A one year junior membership in the Bees Alive Club.
A new beekeeper education packet and/or beginner beekeeping book.
A complete bee hive set-up.
A nuc or package of bees for the hive.
Beekeeping equipment [which may include, but is not limited to: hat, veil, gloves, hive tool, bee brush, and smoker].
Mentoring by a BAC member for one year.
The applicant must be between the high school grades of freshman and senior by September 1, 2019.
The applicant for BAC scholarship must be currently enrolled in public, private or home school in one of the following Missouri counties: Stone, Christian, Greene, Taney, Douglas or Barry.
The applicant must have permission and agreement from parent or guardian.
The applicant must not have immediate family that is currently involved in beekeeping.
The scholarship application must be received before January 30th, 2020.
Finalist(s) will be interviewed and selected by the BAC Youth Scholarship Committee.
The scholarship will be awarded to the recipient(s) selected by the BAC Youth Scholarship Committee and presented at the BAC March 2020 meeting.
Final evaluation of recipient(s) progress and program completion will be conducted and Certificate of Completion awarded to qualifying recipients at the end of the 2020 year.
***WE ARE NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR 2020*** DOWNLOAD BAC APPLICATION Please print, complete, and return application to our Education Coordinator, Hanna Price either in person, by mail, or email before January, 30th 2020: By Mail: PO Box 2065, Nixa, MO 65714 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org For more information or questions, please contact a member of our board, HERE.