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Supporting Our Next Generation

Recognizing the expense our youth face in pursuing their dreams of continuing education, Dutchess County Sheep & Wool Growers Association is dedicated to making a lasting impact through our Scholarship program. We desire to support our youth by providing yearly scholarships to those seeking higher learning.  Learn more about this opportunity, please click on the attached link for our application!

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2021 Scholarship Winner:  Cosette Veder-Shave

2020 Scholarship Winner:  Abigail Crisp

2019 Scholarship Winner:  Caroline Lafferty

Scholarships: Programs


My name is Haley McCord and I am a senior at Stissing Mountain Jr/Sr High School. I was given the great opportunity to receive my acceptance letter from SUNY Delhi to major in Veterinary Science Technology. I grew up in Elizaville, New York, on a small family farm with roughly 70 sheep. I joined 4H when I was 10 years old, and ever since then I have been actively engaging and participating in the Golden Fleece 4H Sheep Club. I am currently president of the Club and my job is to educate, inform, and share ideas with other members in the group. I love expressing my interests with the club and with other members of the community. Being a part of 4H and growing up with sheep has helped teach me important life skills such as patience, communication and determination. On top of being a member of 4H, I also represent the Pine Plains FFA Chapter as the current Vice President. Being a part of both organizations has given me the extraordinary chance to speak about how much I truly love agriculture.

When I am not working with my sheep or FFA  contests, I volunteer at Cold Spring Early Learning Center helping teachers with after school activities and events. I also work closely with my school as I am President of the graduating class of 2022. I participate at the Sheep and Wool Festival serving drinks. Through my final year in high school I am proud to carry all of my knowledge from 4H and FFA, as well as my community service, with me to pursue a Bachelor's degree in Vet Science Technology. Thank you for considering me for the 2022 Dutchess County Sheep and Wool Growers Scholarship.

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