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Eastern Apicultural Society Master Beekeeper
Mann Lake Youth Scholarship Application

Eastern Apicultural Society Master Beekeeper
Mann Lake Youth Scholarship Application
This scholarship, sponsored by Mann Lake Ltd. and created and administered by the EAS Master
Beekeepers, was established to encourage a worthy young individual to pursue an interest in
honey bees and beekeeping. The Scholarship will provide financial assistance for the selected
candidate to attend an annual EAS conference. In addition to the waiver of registration fees by
EAS for the short course and the main conference, the Scholarship will provide up to $1,000 to
the successful candidate to offset other conference expenses.
Manner of Award of the Scholarship
 EAS will waive the scholarship recipient's registration fees for both the short course and
the main conference.
 Conference expenses such as standard on‐site lodging and meals (including special
social events, BBQs, and Friday night banquet, etc.) will be paid from the scholarship
fund on behalf of the successful candidate.
 The scholarship will provide a budget for travel expenses up to $500, which may include
airfare or mileage reimbursement. Travel expenses below $500 will be reimbursed at
actual expense incurred.
 Travel expenses to and from the conference will be paid to the candidate following
submission of receipts for travel such as airline vouchers, or mileage. Travel expenses
will not be paid in advance, but will be reimbursed as soon as possible following receipt
of documentation.
Scholarship Eligibility
 The candidate may be any young person between the ages of 18 and 25 who is a fulltime
student, or is not a full‐time student but is currently employed by a commercial or
sideliner beekeeper and plans to pursue a career in apiculture. If the candidate is a
veteran of any branch of the U. S. armed forces, the age limit is 30.
 The candidate must have been keeping bees for a minimum of one year by the time the
conference for which the scholarship is requested begins.
 The candidate may have a beekeeping mentor, who can be a parent or other
experienced adult, but must be primarily responsible for the care of his or her bees.
 The candidate must have participated in a local short course in beekeeping.
Scholarship Application
 Qualified candidates must complete an application form providing their basic contact
information, brief beekeeping experience and education, and other relevant data.
 Candidates must provide letters of recommendation from at least two experienced
beekeepers, preferably a mentor and another beekeeping individual familiar with the
candidate’s experience and qualifications. If possible, this individual should be a Master
Beekeeper, state apiarist, educator or research/extension specialist in the home state of
the candidate. These letters of recommendation should be sent directly by the person
providing the recommendation to the Master Beekeeper Scholarship Committee.
 Candidates must write an essay of no less than two, and no more than three, doublespaced
typewritten pages describing their reasons for wanting to attend the EAS
conference. The essay should also outline the candidate’s ambitions with respect to
beekeeping, including both short and long‐term plans.
 Applications must be received by the Chairperson of the Master Beekeeper Scholarship
Committee by April 1 of the year in which the applicant plans to attend the EAS
conference.
Award Criteria
 Preference will be given to candidates who, in the judgment of the Scholarship
Committee, are serious in their commitment to apiculture. For example, a serious
candidate may be planning to pursue a career as a commercial beekeeper, an
entomologist, a researcher in apiculture, a queen breeder, or similar profession. A
dedicated hobbyist may also win the scholarship, but preference will be given to
candidates planning to pursue a career in apiculture.
 The candidate must be an EAS member.
 The candidate must be of good character, responsible, hard‐working and honest. It is
expected that, while attending the conference, the successful candidate will behave in a
responsible and respectful manner.
 Following the conference, the scholarship recipient will prepare an article for the EAS
Journal, of at least one column in length, or as indicated by the Journal Editor,
describing his or her experiences at the EAS conference. The article should include
photographs and discuss how attending EAS has influenced the recipient’s beekeeping
knowledge and post‐conference experiences. The article should be submitted no later
than six months following the end of the conference.
Eastern Apicultural Society Master Beekeeper
Mann Lake Youth Scholarship Application
Applicant Name: _______________________________________________________________________________
Address: _______________________________________________________________________________
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City: ____________________________________ State: ___________ Zip Code: _____________
Date of Birth: ____________________________________ Citizenship: U.S. Canada
Email: _______________________________________________________________________________
Home Phone: _________________________________ Mobile phone: ______________________________
How and when did you get started keeping bees? ________________________________________________
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Tell us about your beekeeping experience (How many colonies do you have? Where you keep them? )
_____________________________________________________________________________________________
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Have you ever attended any beekeeping classes on basic or advanced topics? Please describe:
_____________________________________________________________________________________________
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Eastern Apicultural Society Master Beekeeper
Mann Lake Youth Scholarship Application
Applicants should provide at least two letters of recommendation from experienced beekeepers that
they know. These letters should preferably be written by a mentor and another beekeeping individual
familiar with the applicant’s experience and qualifications. If possible, these recommendations should
be provided by a Master Beekeeper, state apiarist, educator or research/extension specialist in the
applicant’s home state. Individuals providing recommendations should send their letters directly to the
Scholarship Committee at [email protected] or by mail to the address at
the bottom of this page. These letters must be received no later than April 1.
Please list the individuals providing letters of recommendation on your behalf:
(1) Name: __________________________________________________________________
Email: __________________________________________________________________
Relationship to applicant: __________________________________________________
Experience in beekeeping: _________________________________________________
(2) Name: __________________________________________________________________
Email: __________________________________________________________________
Relationship to applicant: __________________________________________________
Experience in beekeeping: _________________________________________________
Please attach to this application an essay of two to three pages in length, typed and double‐spaced, that
describes your reasons for wanting to attend the EAS conference. You should also explain what your
plans and goals are for future beekeeping activities, both in the short and long term.
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Applicant’s Signature Date
Submit this completed application, with your essay, to [email protected]
or by mail to Brenda Kiessling, 10610 Hunters Valley Rd., Vienna, VA 22181.
 

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This is a most worthwhile program. I hope there is genuine competition and so would like to see many applications submitted. Is there an appropriately aged beekeeper in you life that you would like to see selected?
 
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