FD native to receive American Royal Scholarship

The American Royal Association has announced its 2023 Royal Scholar recipients.

In total, the American Royal is awarding 10 $2,500 scholarships to qualified college students. Jaedyn Condon, of Fort Dodge, is one of the recipients. She is majoring in animal science with a minor in biology at Iowa State University.

Recipients will take part in the American Royal scholarship program, designed to provide an opportunity for outstanding college students to represent the American Royal mission.

In recognition of the outstanding achievements of the scholars, each will receive scholarship monies and additional exposure opportunities to be on site with the American Royal in the fall and spring semester. Scholarship recipients must be pursuing agriculture, food, or natural resources degrees as an undergraduate student. They must have a cumulative grade-point average equivalent to or above a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. Scholarship recipients had to complete an application and interview with the scholarship committee. Winners were selected based on their academic achievement, leadership excellence and community involvement.

The 2023 Royal Scholar program recipients are: Ryan Bake, Condon, Gabriel Elliott, Kady Figge, Lauren Gatz, Lindsey Jennett, Hannah Lanphere, Justin Sharp, Mattie Thrasher, and Baylee Wulfkuhle.

“We had an incredible and large applicant pool with students from 37 states competing for one of our scholarships,” said Jackie McClaskey, American Royal President and CEO. “We are proud to recognize these outstanding students and look forward to seeing them represent our mission at our events.”

A Kansas City tradition since 1899, the American Royal is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization whose mission is to be the nation’s leader for food and agriculture education, events, and engagement. The American Royal provides opportunities for nearly half a million youth and adults from around the world to engage in high-quality events and experiences, including nationally competitive livestock shows, the world’s largest barbecue competition, regional and national equine shows, youth and professional rodeos, and elementary and secondary education outreach.


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