KY Students Encouraged to Apply for Agricultural Athlete of the Year Scholarships | WPKY 103.3 FM

Commonwealth student-athletes involved in agriculture are invited to apply for one of six scholarships and be recognized as the 2023 Kentucky Athlete of the Year.

The program is a partnership between the Kentucky High School Athletic Association (KHSAA) and the Kentucky Department of Agriculture (KDA).

Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles said in a statement that perseverance, patience, teamwork, discipline and goal setting are all attributes common to athletics and athletics. farming. He said the Kentucky Department of Agriculture is pleased to join its KHSAA partners in once again honoring these attributes and recognizing the best young athletes and farmers in the Commonwealth. He said their hope is that these scholarships will help ease the financial burden for those seeking excellence in higher education in athletics and agriculture.

To qualify, according to KDA officials, student-athletes must be involved in Kentucky agriculture; must participate in one or more KHSAA sports or athletic activities during the 2022-2023 school year; must be high school graduates; and must be accepted into a college, university, or trade school upon graduation. They state that an agriculture major is not required and preference will be given to colleges in Kentucky; however, out-of-state schools will be considered if the applicant wishes to pursue a specialized degree in an agricultural field.

KDA officials say two student-athletes — a male and a female — will be named Kentucky’s Outstanding Athlete of the Year and will receive $2,000 scholarships. Four student-athletes – two men and two women – will receive $1,000 scholarships as Kentucky Athletes of the Year. The winners will be announced at the UK HealthCare Boys’ Sweet Sixteen 2023 in March at the Rupp Arena in Lexington.

Funding for the scholarships comes from the KDA’s “Ag Tag” program, which is funded by voluntary donations from Kentucky motorists when they purchase or renew their agricultural vehicle license plates. Officials note that no state taxpayer money is used to fund the scholarships.

The deadline for student-athletes to apply online is December 31. To apply, go to

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