CCHBA Scholarship Application

Objectives

  • To educate youth in the art of beekeeping to promote a better understanding of the value of honeybees to our environment and to the food chain.
  • To provide an opportunity for youth to experience responsibility and enjoyment through beekeeping
  • 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

  • A one year membership in the Collin County Hobby Beekeepers Association (CCHBA)
  • A beginning beekeeper seminar (20 hrs.) registration and textbook
  • A set of woodenware for a beehive
  • A nuc or package of bees for the hive
  • Beekeeping gear: hat, veil, gloves, hive tool, and bee smoker
  • Mentoring by a CCHBA member for one year
  • Location to extract honey

Eligibility

  • The applicant must be between the ages of 12 and 17 by December 1st of the current year
  • The applicant must be willing to travel to monthly meetings and classes
  • The applicant must be currently enrolled in public, private, or home school
  • The applicant must have permission and agreement from parent or guardian
  • The application must be submitted to CCHBA no later than December 1st (extended for 2014) of the current year
  • The applicant or the applicant’s immediate family cannot already be maintaining Honey Bee colonies.

Program Committee

  • Finalists will be selected by the Youth Program Committee
  • The Program Committee will arrange an interview with scholarship finalists and their parents/guardian
  • The scholarship will be awarded to the applicant selected by the Program Committee and presented at the CCHBA December Banquet

Terms and Conditions

The recipient of this scholarship will receive woodenware consisting of a standard hive body with frames and foundation, a bottom board, a top cover, a nucleus of bees with queen, and the necessary beginner’s equipment to start the beekeeping project.

The recipient will also receive the addtional benefit of: (1) a one year membership in the CCHBA, (2) will be able to participate in the Association’s monthly meeting, and will receive the Association Newsletter, (3) registration in a beginning beekeeping seminar, (4) mentoring by a CCHBA member throughout the year, and (5) will receive Association assistance in extracting the first year’s honey crop.

The recipient will be expected to attend at least 50% of the meetings between the January and the December meetings and to present a short progress report of the activities to date. The recipient will keep a written record complete with dates, photos, and other pertinent data sufficient to substantiate all progress reports. A final report will be presented at the December meeting. Successful attendance and completion of the beekeeping seminar is required.

A Certificate of Completion and full ownership of the colony and the equipment will be presented at the December meeting if the scholarship recipient has met all requirements.

For additional information, contact Kaylynn Mansker, CCHBA Youth Scholarship Program Chair.