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2023 NILE Scholarship Guidelines will be available the first week of January. Stay tuned!

The NILE Foundation proudly announces the scholarship winners for the 2022-2023 academic year.

"NILE Foundation has generously offered over $26,000 to help support this year's scholarship winners, interns, and rolling scholarship winners from previous years," says Al McCormick, NILE Scholarship Committee Chairman. "66 total applicants from ten states across the northwest corridor submitted applications for this year's awards. These students are all attending or plan to attend universities, junior colleges and trade schools across the United States."

The NILE Foundation takes pride in being able to assist youth in agriculture, even during the challenging current circumstances. In a unanimous vote from the NILE Foundation Board of Directors, the group once again pledged over $26,000 to this year's award winners, despite not hosting an annual fundraiser. NILE Youth Education Director, Shelby Shaw states, “The future of agriculture shines so BRIGHT! It is of the utmost importance that we continue to support the needs of our youth as they continue their education by providing scholarships. One day soon, we will rely on them to carry on the challenging task of advocating and feeding the world. Through continued support from the agricultural community, the NILE and the NILE Foundation have created a great opportunity for youth to offset the increasing cost of secondary education." 12 new recipients were awarded scholarships and seven rolling scholarships were renewed.

Since 1990, the NILE and NILE Foundation have awarded over $1,350,000 in cash and 'live animal' scholarships to deserving youth active in 4-H, FFA, and their communities. The following recipients excelled in the classroom while participating in NILE events.

Similar to 2021, scholarships were awarded on various levels described below:


  • One-time $1,000 scholarships are awarded to graduating high school seniors that will continue their education at a college or vocational school.
  • A one-time $2,000 "Shining Star Award" is a new scholarship offered to a graduating high school senior that excelled academically, in their community, and at NILE Events.
  • Collegiate Scholarships are a $1,000 one-time grant, for students already enrolled in college or a vo-tech school.
  • The Rolling Scholarships are offered to a select group of high school seniors who may renew the scholarship annually for up to four years of their secondary education. Recipients for the 2022 rolling scholarships were chosen from the pool of applicants that are current seniors in High School.
  • NILE Legacy Award is a $500 award that goes to one student, either a high school senior or college student, based on their involvement in NILE and NILE activities.
  • Needle in the Haystack is a scholarship that will be randomly drawn during the NILE Foundation's Stetsons and Stilettos on May 13, 2022. All scholarship applicants will be eligible – must be present to win.
If you're interested in contributing to the NILE Foundation send a donation to P.O. Box 1981, Billings, MT 59103

2022 One Time Freshman Recipients - $1,000

Hannah Adams

Hannah Adams

Hannah Adams is the daughter of Gary & Holly Adams of Billings, MT. She is currently a student at Laurel High School, where she will graduate in May. Hannah plans to attend Montana State University - Billings to study Nursing with a proposed career as a Pediatric Nurse.
Haylee Adams

Haylee Adams

Haylee will be attending Montana State University - Billings were she plans to study Nursing. Haylee's future plans include achieving her goal of becoming a Traveling Nurse. In May, Haylee will graduate from Laurel High School. Haylee is the daughter of Gary & Holly Adams of Billings, MT.
Matea Gordon

Matea Gordon

Matea is the daughter of Bruce & Kindra Gordon of Whitewood, South Dakota. After graduation from Sturgis Brown High School, she plans to attend South Dakota State University to study Agribusiness with a focus in Ag Marketing and Data Analytics. Matea plans to work in the world of Ag Marketing.
Mackenzie Serrano

Mackenzie Serrano

Mackenzie Serrano plans to attend Montana State University in Bozeman, where she plans to study Animal Science and Agriculture Education. Her future plans include becoming a Ag Education Teacher and FFA Advisor. Recently, Mackenzie was selected to serve as the 2022-2023 Montana State FFA Reporter. Mackenzie is the daughter of Jason & Brenda Serrano of Roundup, MT.
Hayley Stahl

Hayley Stahl

Hayley Stahl is a soon-to-be-graduate of Winnett High School. She is the daughter of Toby & Nannette Stahl of Roundup, Montana. Hayley plans to attend Sheridan College to study Agriculture Business with hopes of becoming a Farm or Ranch Business Manager by returning to the family operation or purchasing her own operation after college.

2022 Shining Star Freshman Scholarship - $2,000

David Vetter

David Vetter

David Vetter is currently undecided on where he plans to attend college and what he will study after graduation. Some of David's interests include: Math/Science, Law and Medicine. David is a soon-to-be graduate of Byers High School in Byers, Colorado and he is the son of Greg & Jodie Vetter of Bennett, Colorado.

2022 Secondary Scholarship Recipients - $1,000

Brooke Johnson

Brooke Johnson

Brooke is the daughter of Evan & Stephanie Johnson of Huntley, Montana. Brooke attends Montana State University - Bozeman and is majoring in Agriculture Education with hopes of becoming an Agriculture Education Teacher or County Extension Agent.
Kiley Smieja

Kiley Smieja

Kiley Smieja is a current freshman at Montana State University in Bozeman. Kiley is studying Animal Science with hopes of returning to the family operation to expand her herd of show cattle. She is the daughter of Trevor & Cassie Smieja of Belgrade, Montana.
Marie Stott

Marie Stott

Native of Ballantine, Montana and daughter of Cory & Katie Stott, Edith Marie Stott is a current student at Brigham Young University - Idaho in Rexburg. While at BYU-Idaho, Marie is studying Animal Science and has a has the hopes of becoming an Equine Manager and Producer post college.

2022 Rolling Scholarship Recips- $1,000 Annually

Brighton Lane

Brighton Lane

Brighton is a soon-to-be graduate of Huntley Project High School. She is the daughter of Matthew & Jamie Lane of Huntley, Montana. Brighton plans to take a year off of school to devote a year of service to the Montana FFA Association. Brighton was selected to serve as the 2022-2023 Montana State FFA President. Her plan following her year of service is to study agricultural communication and animal science with plans of becoming an agricultural lawyer or advocate.
Raegan Nansel

Raegan Nansel

Raegan Nansel is the daughter of Jay & Gayle Nansel of Billings, MT. In May, Raegan will graduate from Billings West High School. Raegan plans to study civil engineering at Montana State University in Bozeman, with plans of working within the agricultural industry and focusing on the STEM program following college.

2022 NILE Legacy Scholarship - $500

Rory Shay

Rory Shay

Rory Shay is the son of Brent & Karla Shay of Laurel, MT. Currently, Rory is a freshman at City College in Billings, MT studying Welding. After college, he plans to obtain a welding job and return to the family operation. Rory and his family have been long-time supporters, exhibitors, and consignors at the NILE dating back to 2012. Rory was a NILE Merit Heifer Recipient in 2016 and was very successful with his heifer "Sugar", donated by Idland Cattle Company. Rory's family also began consigning club calves to the NILE Club Calf Sale in 2016 and have continued each year since. This past year, Rory and his family began "giving back" to the NILE Merit Heifer Program by donating a heifer to the program for a deserving youth to begin their herd.

2021 Rolling Scholarship Recips- $1,000 Annually

Elizabeth Hickey

Elizabeth Hickey

Elizabeth is a soon-to-graduate of Hobson High School. She is the daughter of Pat & Karen Hickey of Moore, Montana. Elizabeth plans to attend either Montana Tech University or Washington State University to study Pre-Med/Biochemistry with plans of working in Radiation Oncology.
Wade Leachman

Wade Leachman

Wade Leachman is the son of Eric & Marlo Leachman of Toston, Montana. Wade will graduate in May from Broadwater High School and plans to attend Casper College to major in Agribusiness. Wade plans to raise Simmental and Angus cattle for a seed stock operation after college.
Nyssa Schairer

Nyssa Schairer

Nyssa is the daughter of Garrett & Julie Schairer of Corvallis, MT. Nyssa is currently attending Corvallis High School where she will graduate in June and plans to attend Montana State University - Bozeman to major in Animal Science and Pre-Veterinary Science. Nyssa hopes become a Large Animal Veterinarian after college.

2020 Rolling Scholarship Recips - $1,000 Annually

Kelty Raciborski

Kelty Raciborski

Kelty Raciborski is the daughter of Travis & Jessica Stroh of Glendive, Montana. Kelty will graduate in May and will attend Montana State University in Bozeman, where she plans to major in Animal Science and Genetics. Kelty hopes to obtain a degree as a Veterinarian after college.
Alyssa Thormahlen

Alyssa Thormahlen

Alyssa is the daughter of Dennis Thormahlen Jr. and Lori LeBrun of Bridger, MT. Alyssa is currently attending Belfry High School where she will graduate in May. Alyssa plans to attend Northwest College in Powell, WY to major in Animal Science and Veterinary Assistant. Alyssa's hopes are to become a Veterinarian after college.

2019 Rolling Scholarship Recips - $1,000 Annually

Brandi Fuller

Brandi Fuller

Brandi Fuller is attending the University of Wyoming in Laramie, WY majoring in Ag Business. Brandi is the daughter of Pat and Angel Fuller of Wright, WY. Brandi has become involved in a variety of collegiate agriculture clubs and looks forward to returning to the NILE in 2020 to exhibit and sell calves.
Bethany Lyford

Bethany Lyford

Bethany Lyford is the daughter of Joel and Helen Lyford of Kalispell, MT. Bethany is currently attending Montana State University in Bozeman, MT pursuing a degree in Animal Science, with a focus in Livestock Management. Her future goals include working as an Embryologist.
Claire Stevenson

Claire Stevenson

Claire Stevenson is a current college freshman at Cal Poly State University in San Luis Obispo, California studying Microbiology. Claire's future plans include working as a Researcher after completing college. Claire is the daughter of Darrell and Sara Stevenson of Hobson, MT.

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