Program Purpose

  1. To educate youth in the art of beekeeping, and to promote a better understanding of the value of honeybees in our environment and the food chain.
  2. To provide an opportunity for youth to experience responsibility and enjoyment through beekeeping.
  3. To provide an avenue for youth to engage in an avocation and gain the potential to pursue beekeeping as a sideline or fulltime vocation.

The Award

  1. A one-year membership in the Central Washington Beekeepers association
  2. A beginning beekeeping seminar registration and textbook.
  3. A set of woodenware for a beehive – Two deeps or three mediums, with frames and foundation, bottom board, inner cover, and telescoping top cover.
  4. A nucleus colony or 3lb package of bees for the hive.
  5. Beekeeping gear: Hat and veil, gloves, hive tool and bee smoker.
  6. Mentoring by one or more CWBA member(s) for one year.

Eligibility

  1. The applicant must be between the ages of 12 and 17 by December 1st of the current year.
  2. The applicant must be a resident of Yakima County.
  3. The applicant must be currently enrolled in public, private or home school.
  4. The applicant must have written permission and agreement from parent(s) or guardian.
  5. The scholarship application must be submitted to the Central Washington Beekeepers association (CWBA) no later than December 1st of the current year.
  6. The applicant must submit a one-page essay on why we need honeybees and why they want to become a beekeeper. The essay must be submitted with the application.