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  1. To educate youth in the art of beekeeping.
  2. To promote a better understanding of the value of honey bees to our environment and to the food chain.
  3. To provide an opportunity for youth to experience responsibility and enjoyment through beekeeping.

The Award

  1. A one year family membership in the Metro Beekeepers Association.
  2. A beginning beekeeper course and course book.
  3. A set of wooden-ware for a beehive.
  4. A nuc or package of bees for the hive.
  5. Beekeeping gear: hat, veil, gloves, hive tool, bee brush, and bee smoker.
  6. Mentoring by an MBA member.

Eligibility. The applicant must:

  1. Be between the ages of 12 and 18 by January 1, of scholarship year.
  2. Be currently enrolled in public, private, or home school.
  3. Have permission and agreement from parent or guardian, & a legal location to place the hive.
  4. Not have any bee colonies in the immediate family.
  5. Live close enough to attend monthly MBA classes & meetings.
  6. Submit the application by October 1st of the year prior to the scholarship award.
  7. Note: Two applicants from the same family may both receive beekeeping equipment, but will only receive 1 nuc (colony) of bees. An additional nuc may be purchased at a reduced cost.


  1. The MBA Youth Scholarship Committee will interview finalists and their parent/guardian in November.
  2. Students will be selected by the MBA Youth Scholarship Committee.
  3. Recipients will be notified by the first week of December. Scholarships will be presented at the MBA December meeting.

    Please fill-out the Youth Scholarship Application

Parent/ Guardian:

Terms and Conditions

  1. The recipient will care for the bees and equipment as instructed in the class.
  2. The recipient will attend at least 70% of the MBA beekeeping classes.
  3. The recipient will attend at least six MBA general meetings in the calendar year of the award.
  4. At several MBA monthly meetings, the recipient, if asked, will present a short progress report of the activities to date.
  5. The recipient will keep a written record with dates, photos, and other pertinent data to substantiate progress reports.
  6. The recipient will present a brief final report at the November or December meeting.

    Successful attendance and reporting of progress is required.

    If the scholarship recipient has met all requirements, a Certificate of Completion and full ownership of the colony and equipment will be presented at the December meeting.

    The Scholarship program depends on volunteers and MBA budget. Requirements and awards can be changed with MBA Board approval.

Parental Consent

  • I am the applicant's parent or guardian.
  • My child is not known to be allergic to bee stings, and has my support and my consent to accept this scholarship, if chosen.
  • I understand that neither MBA nor any of the Association members are liable for any accidents or injuries which may occur while my child is working with the bees and equipment.
  • I understand the bee colony and equipment remain the property of MBA, and cannot be sold, given away, transferred, or destroyed during the qualifying period without written consent of MBA.
  • In the event that my child loses interest or can no longer pursue the beekeeping project, I will notify MBA and return the equipment and colony of bees to MBA.

  • Confirmation