Youth are the future of our rabbit hobby and the APRC!
Here you will find info on outstanding youth achievements as well as access to our Youth Scholarship forms and Guidelines.
We hope you get involved and join in the FUN!
DEADLINE - AUGUST 1, 2020
Completed applications must be submitted on the proper form obtained from the Scholarship Fund Committee Chairperson no later than August 1st of the year that scholarship is to be awarded.
The applicant must be a member of the ARBA and the APRC for at least three years prior to submitting an application.
Applicants must be under the age of 20, a graduating high school senior or in their first year of a two or four year college, university, community college or vocational school.
Applicants must submit an official high school transcript showing a GPA of 2.70 or higher on a scale of 4.0
One scholarship shall be awarded each year. Recipient will be announced at the APRC banquet held at the ARBA Convention.
Scholarship award will be sent to the college chosen by the recipient upon proof of enrollment.
The Scholarship Committee shall make the final decision.
If there is no qualifying applicant; funds will remain in the APRC Youth Scholarship Fund.
The APRC Youth Scholarship packet can be downloaded and printed by clicking the link below.
This is a fillable form. You can type in the information online and print to submit to the APRC Scholarship Committee Chair. In addition, your school official/principal can also fill out the High School Data Form (pages 6 & 7 of the APRC Youth Scholarship Packet). If you would like to take advantage of this, simply provide your school official with a link to the PACKET, and have them fill out and print pages 6 & 7
If you have any questions concerning the scholarship process, please contact APRC Scholarship Chair
Sanci Rupple at firstname.lastname@example.org.
2020 Scholarship Recipient
I would like to congratulate Lena Schlientz from Lowell, Michigan, Autumn Morrow from Slinger, Wisconsin and Caton Williamson from Ohio City, Ohio this year’s recipients of the ... YOUTH SCHOLARSHIP AWARDS.
All three were well deserving candidates.
Lena has been a member of the American Polish Rabbit Club since 2013. She raises all varieties of Polish except Blue eye white. She has a herd of about 100 Polish. Besides raising Polish Lena also is in the School Orchestra, and rides on the equestrian team. Lena is also a member of the American Rabbit Breeders Association.
Autumn has been a member of the APRC since 2010.She raises all varieties of Polish except for REW and BEW.
Autumn has a herd of about 40 Polish. Besides raising polish Autumn’s outside activities are two years in National Honor Society, four years on the school Forensics team, two years on the Academic Decathlon team and one year on the freshman soccer team.
Caton is the daughter of Cody and Bridget Williamson, and has two younger brothers and sisters. She grew up in Van Wert, Ohio. Caton is a Graduate of Van Wert High School. She is currently a Freshman attending Ohio Wesleyan University in Delaware, Ohio. She is working on a double major in Zoology and Art. She also attended Wright State University via the College Credit Plus Program during all four years of high school, which allowed her to earn credit for high school and college. She has had a long time love of running on her school Cross Country and Track teams, and has been the Cross Country Team Captain. Her love of bunnies started in 4H. She has been an active member of 4H, holding several offices, including Vice President and is currently the President. Caton has spent many years doing 4H projects which have taken her to the state level and been exhibited at her county fair. She was awarded First Place for the county Black Inc. Awards for 2 separate in-depth rabbit breeding projects focusing on the Vienna Gene and other genetic oddities such as Peanuts and Max Factors. She has been a 4H Camp Counselor for 3 years. Polish rabbits have been a favorite breed for her. She is currently a member of the American Rabbit Breeders Association, American Polish Rabbit Club and the Buckeye Polish Rabbit Club. She has enjoyed showing as a youth breeder for many years and making friends through the rabbit world.
Congratulations to these three great students and thanks for being a part of the American Polish Rabbit Club. We all wish you the greatest success in all your future endeavors and hope you continue in the rabbit hobby as you work on your future careers.
By G Joseph Colucci APRC President
My name is Autumn Morrow, and I am from Slinger, Wisconsin. I have enjoyed raising and showing rabbits since I was 9 years old. (I actually am a 3rd generation raiser of rabbits!) I first started showing Polish rabbits in 4-H. The Polish Breed has been my specialty since the beginning and I still enjoy them most. Since my start, I have shown rabbits on county, state, and national levels. I have been lucky enough to attend multiple ARBA National Conventions, as well as several national Polish shows, and countless local shows.
I have a small herd of rabbits that I have tended and cultivated for quality over the last 11 years. Through raising and showing rabbits, I have had countless opportunities to be a leader on so many levels. I enjoy sharing my knowledge of rabbits, especially the Polish breed, with people who are new to this wonderful hobby, as well as new to the breed. I was privileged to serve as a youth leader in the 4-H rabbit project for many years, a youth director of the Wisconsin Polish Rabbit Club, and the WSRBA Queen.
In addition to being a rabbit enthusiast, I maintained a high GPA throughout high school, and was an active member of my school’s Forensics & Academic Decathlon teams. I am currently attending the University of Wisconsin-Madison in hopes of earning degrees in neurobiology and genetics. You can guess that rabbits had a big part in my understanding and enjoyment of genetics. I look forward to continuing to raise Polish rabbits, with the help of my family, while I am in college.
I am so grateful to my parents, Mark and Ann Morrow, grandmother, Stella Miller, and the leaders who helped me to learn and achieve so much.
Thank you APRC for this scholarship, as well as the many AMAZING opportunities to learn animal herdsmanship, sportsmanship, and experiences that are too numerous to list.
Hello APRC Members,
My name is Lena Schlientz, I am 17 years old and have been an APRC member since 2013.
I want to thank the club for awarding me the APRC Scholarship because the club members have been a very influential part of my life for 7 years now.
My mom purchased one polish for me and ended up coming home from a show with 3 and my herd soon grew to over a hundred. I have been competing at 4H and ARBA shows all over the country and have developed many friendships along the way. One of my favorite part of shows is helping the new and little kids show, teaching them how to hold their rabbit correctly and putting them up on the table at the right time. The rabbits have helped with my anxieties and ADHD by calming me, teaching me responsibilities and helping with my social skills. Over the years I feel I have represented the polish very well, which helped me earn the APRC Youth Scholarship.
In 2016 I was BOB and BOS at Nationals as well as BOB in 2018 Nationals. My proudest moment was winning BOB at the 2018 ARBA Convention and going on to win Best of Group, which no youth polish has ever done!
I have been the overall top youth breeder for 6 years in a row and currently in my last youth year.
I will graduate in May and plan to attend the local community college. I was undecided in my career path until I did a job shadow with a friend who recommended I pursue computer programing due to my computer knowledge that I worked on with him. Living at home will let me be able to keep my herd with my parents help. My mom is allergic to the rabbits and has asthma so I will still need to keep very involved.
I would like to say a special thank you to my mom for always supporting me with the rabbits and driving me all over the country to shows and my dad for feeding while we are gone. Again,
Thank you APRC members for this scholarship.