The Halifax County Cattleman’s Association (HCCA), a non-profit educational alliance of beef cattle producers in order to advocate on behalf of, promote and develop the future of the beef industry in Halifax County, as well as for the greater Virginia beef cattle industry, is offering a new scholarship opportunity running through Jan. 17.

With the ever-rising cost of college education, the Halifax County Cattleman’s Association is awarding a $500 scholarship. Applications for the scholarship may be found on the HCCA website, halifaxcattlemen.com or at the Halifax County Cooperative Extension Office adjacent to the Halifax Public Library.

Applicants must provide information on their educational background, community and agricultural involvement and write a brief essay on an important issue that is facing agriculture or Southside Virginia. All applications must be submitted by Jan. 17 to the Halifax County Cattleman’s Association, C/O Virginia Cooperative Extension P.O. Box 757 Halifax, VA 24558.

“We are honored to announce this scholarship and are looking forward to being able to give back to the next generation of cattlemen, whether they are pursuing a degree in agriculture or not. Lessons learned on the farm can have a long-lasting impact in a multitude of career fields,” said Dustin Francis, a member of the HCCA Board of Directors.

The scholarship award winner will be announced at the HCCA Annual Meeting held in February.

For more information about the Halifax County Cattleman’s Association or the HCCA scholarship, contact the Halifax County Virginia Cooperative Extension Office at 434-476-2147 or by visiting the Halifax County Cattleman’s Association Facebook page.