WCFA Scholarships

The Washington Cattle Feeders Association awards a limited number of $1,000 college scholarships to graduating high school seniors or to college students who are residents of Washington state. The scholarships are awarded to recipients based on beef community background, academic merit, leadership, activities, personal accomplishments and the desire to contribute to the agricultural community.

The WCFA places a heavy value on the role of education and is appreciative of the contributions of Executive Club Gold Members who help make the WCFA Scholarship program possible. The 2021 scholarship applications are due by April 20.


2020 Scholarship Recipients

The scholarship committee reviewed an impressive field of candidate applications in 2020.  We feel honored to contribute to these young people in their academic endeavors and look forward to what they will do in our industry in the future.

 John J. Para Memorial Scholarship 

Travis Lenssen, Lynden, WA - Washington State University

 Gerd Sievers Memorial Scholarship 

Joshua Araiza, Moses Lake, WA - Eastern Washington University 

 WCFA Scholarships 

Payton Lyyski, Ellensburg, WA - Oklahoma State University

 Madison Dixon, Pomeroy, WA - University of Providence Great Falls

Scholarship Guidelines and Application

Qualified applicants must be Washington residents that are: high school seniors who will attend college or university, or a student already enrolled in a degree program preferably pertaining to the beef cattle community, or students who may have a history in the beef cattle community. A committee chosen by the Washington Cattle Feeders Association will select the scholarship winners based on beef community background, academic merit, leadership, activities and personal accomplishments, and the demonstrated ability to contribute to the agricultural community. 

Completed applications are due by April 20, 2021. Candidates may be invited to an in-person interview. Each recipient will be asked to report on his or her activities or studies at a WCFA Board of Directors meeting or at the next annual conference. 

Announcement of the scholarship winners will be made in May, and a presentation will be made at the WCFA annual conference in July. Students are limited to receiving two (2) WCFA scholarships to ensure as many different students as possible may be awarded a WCFA Scholarship. 


Gerd Sievers and John J. Para Memorial Scholarships

Additionally, one student will receive the $1,500 Gerd Sievers Memorial Scholarship and one student will receive the $1,500 John J. Para Memorial Scholarship. These two scholarships memorialize two men who were outstanding advocates for cattle feeders and worked tirelessly to enhance opportunities for cattle feeders in Washington state. The Gerd Sievers Memorial was established in 2002 following his passing in 2001 and the John J. Para Memorial began after his passing in August of 2015. Both memorials have been maintained each year by the generosity of members, friends and family.  

Use the scholarship application above to apply.

Past Scholarship Recipients

Helping these exceptional young people is rewarding to us. The process of receiving and reviewing scholarship applications gives us renewed energy and optimism for the future of agriculture and cattle feeding. Thank you to all of the donors who make these financial awards possible. Our annual fundraising golf tournament is a great opportunity to support this program. Visit the News & Events section of the website to get sponsorship and participation details. See below to learn more about past scholarship recipients.


Isabel Gonzales (Othello/University of Idaho) John J. Para Memorial 

Kay Bobadilla (Tonasket/Harvard College) Gerd Sievers Memorial 

Morgan Smith (Connell/University of Idaho) 

Austin Smith (Connell/University of Idaho)

Alynn Harder (Hooper/Washington State University)

Hally Lindgren (Pomeroy/Washington State University)

Sonora Blair (Union, OR/University of Idaho)

Drew Rose (South Bend/Washington State University)


Peyton Curtis (Ritzville/Cal-Poly San Luis Obispo) John J. Para Memorial

Hadley Dotts (Deer Park/Spokane Community College) Gerd Sievers Memorial

Morgan Smith (Connell/University of Idaho)

Kallie Harder (Ritzville/Washington State University)

Caleb Berquist (LaCrosse/Montana State University)

Hannah Gonzales (Quincy/Eastern Washington University)


Kaleigh Driver (Usk/EWU) - John J. Para Memorial

Gracie Dickerson (Colfax/WSU) - Gerd Sievers Memorial

Dakota Olberding (Connell/WSU)

Katie Emerson (Grand Coulee/EOU)

Colby Sooy (Odessa/WSU)

Kallie Harder (Ritzville/WSU)

Tanner Wallace (Quincy/WSU)

Ariel Chapman (Bonney Lake/WSU)


Caitlin Queensberry (Puyallup) - Gerd Sievers Memorial

Madden Shanks (Friday Harbor) - John J. Para Memorial

Emily George (Moxee)

Maxwell Mielke (Davenport) 

Natalie Hurst (Pullman)


Dakota Olberding (Connell) - Gerd Sievers Memorial

Jim Townsend (Okanogan)

The Future Looks Bright

2018 WCFA scholarship recipients Hannah Gonzales, Morgan Smith, and Hadley Dotts with board member and scholarship committee chair Marnie Sievers Bodine at the 2018 Scholarship Fundraiser Golf Tournament.