Frankfurt, Kentucky (KT) – Kentucky student-athletes who participate in agriculture have been invited to apply for one of six scholarships and be recognized as Kentucky AG’s Athlete of the Year for 2022, a partnership between the Kentucky High School Athletics Association and the Kentucky Department of Agriculture .
To qualify, student-athletes must be farmers from Kentucky or involved in agriculture; Seniors graduated from high school; and accepted into a college, university or trade school after graduation. Agricultural major not required, preference will be given to Kentucky colleges; However, out-of-state schools will be considered if the applicant is pursuing a specialized degree in an agricultural field.
“Athletics and agriculture have a lot in common. Both teach the value of effort, discipline and teamwork,” said Commissioner of Agriculture Ryan Quarles. “We are thrilled to join our partners at KHSAA for the fourth year to reward the best athletes and young farmers in the Commonwealth of Nations. We hope that these scholarships will help cover the ever-increasing cost of higher education for those who strive to achieve excellence in athletics and agriculture.”
Two student-athletes, one male and one female, will be named Kentucky Athlete of the Year and receive a $2,000 scholarship. Four Student Athletes, two males and two females, will be awarded a $1,000 scholarship as the Athlete of the Year at Kentucky AG. The winners of the 2022 Whitaker Bank / Saudi Arabia Boys’ Basketball Tournament by Sweet Sixteen will be announced in March at the Robb Arena in Lexington.
Scholarships are paid to a higher education institution. Scholarship funding comes from KDA’s “Ag Tag” program, which is funded by voluntary donations from Kentucky motorists when they purchase or renew their farm vehicle’s license plates.
Taxpayer money from the state will not be used to fund scholarship awards. Student-athletes must apply online by January 31. To apply, go to khsaa.org/ge83-agriculture-athlete-of-the-year-scholarship-application/.