Nevada Cattlemen’s Association Scholarships

The Nevada Cattlemen’s Association rewards two scholarships each year to students pursuing an agriculture-related education. 2020 was the first year the association was able to award two scholarships, the original Nevada Cattlemen’s Association (NCA) Scholarship and the newer Marvel/Andrae Scholarship.

When the application period opens each year, scholarship application forms will be available for download and are also available at the NCA office. Students and Educators interested in these two great scholarship opportunities are encouraged to contact the Nevada Cattlemen’s Association if they would like more information.

General eligibility and application requirements for each scholarship are below. The requirements are subject to change or modification. Please review the requirements and information that accompany the application forms each year.


2021 Scholarship Recipients Announced

The Nevada Cattlemen’s Association is pleased to announce this year's four scholarship recipients. Congratulations to Mattie Merritt of Round Mountain, NV and Leanna Sarman of Spring Creek, NV for being chosen as the 2021 Nevada Cattlemen’s Association Scholarship recipients; and Congratulations to Mackie Griggs of Elko, NV and Lia McQueary of Ruby Valley, NV for being chosen as the 2021 Marvel/Andrae Scholarship recipients.

As part of the NCA Scholarship application process, applicants are required to write an essay on any topic within the beef industry. See below to read their essays.

2021 NCA Scholarship Recipient Mattie Merritt

Mattie Merritt

Round Mountain, Nevada
2021 NCA Scholarship Recipient

Mattie will be attending the College of Southern Idaho this fall to pursue a degree in Veterinary Technology. She has been actively engaged in several organizations throughout her high school career including FFA, Superintendent Advisory Board, Round Mountain High School Class of 2021 Student Council, and Nevada State High School Rodeo Association. Mattie plans to become a licensed veterinary technician and possibly pursue a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree.

Read Mattie's Essay

2021 NCA Scholarship Recipient Leanna Sarman

Leanna Sarman

Spring Creek, Nevada
2021 NCA Scholarship Recipient

Leanna will be attending the University of Nevada, Reno this fall to pursue a degree in Agriculture Science. She has been actively engaged in several organizations throughout high school including FFA, 4-H, Society for Range Management, National/Nevada/Elko County Cattlewomen, and the Lamoille Junior Livestock Club. Leanna hopes to grow her cow/calf operation she started in 4-H and pursue a career in production agriculture after obtaining her college degree.

Read Leanna's Essay

2021 Marvel/Andrae Scholarship Recipient Mackie Griggs

Mackie Griggs

Elko, Nevada
 2021 Marvel/Andrae Scholarship Recipient

Mackie is currently attending the University of Idaho and is majoring in Animal and Veterinary Science Production and minoring in Rangeland Management and Ecology. Mackie has made the Dean’s list each semester of college. She is a member of the NCA, Pi Beta Phi sorority, Student Idaho Cattle Association, and treasurer of the Block and Bridle Club. This summer she will be interning at the Lightning Creek Ranch in Joseph, Oregon. She plans to pursue a career that relates to the beef industry and eventually follow in her father’s footsteps by someday managing the Maggie Creek Ranch where she grew up.

2021 Marvel/Andrae Scholarship Recipient Lia McQueary

Lia McQueary

Ruby Valley, Nevada
2021 Marvel/Andrae Scholarship Recipient

Lia is currently enrolled at the University of Nevada, Reno and is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. She is in the University of Nevada’s Honors College and also participates in UNR Chamber Singers. Her goal is to continue advancing through STEM classes and possibly apply to a job within the College of Agriculture, Biotechnology, and Natural Resources at the Experimental Station which would allow her to work with animals, graduate researchers, greenhouses, and irrigation sciences.


2021 NCA Scholarship

This original NCA Scholarship is is open to all Nevada High School graduating seniors planning to attend a community college or four-year university and majoring in an agriculture related field. The amount of this scholarship for 2021 will be $1,500.

Eligibility & application requirements for the NCA Scholarship include:

  • Applicant must be a senior graduating from a Nevada High School.
  • Applicant must plan to attend a Community College or a 4-year College or University.
  • Applicant must be seeking a degree in an agriculturally related field.
  • Applicant must have at least a 2.5 GPA. A copy of the student’s official transcripts is required.
  • Applicant must submit a typewritten essay of 1,000 to 1,500 words on any current issue involving the beef industry, including references cited.
  • Three letters of reference.

Applications must be postmarked by April 9, 2021.

Download the 2021 NCA Scholarship Application:

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2021 Marvel/Andrae Scholarship

This scholarship was first available in 2020, and the NCA is to please to be able to continue to offer the Marvel/Andrae Scholarship. This scholarship is available to agriculture students that have completed their first year of college and are returning to continue working towards their degree in agriculture. The 2021 Marvel/Andrae Scholarship amount will be $2,500!

The original seed money used to fund the Marvel/Andrae Scholarship came from Agri Beef Company. The scholarship recognizes the legacies of Tom & Rosita Marvel and Jim & Sharon Andrae, and the many contributions these two Nevada ranching families have made to our ranching industry. 

Eligibility & application requirements for the Marvel/Andrae Scholarship include:

  • Applicant must plan to attend or be currently attending a Community College or a 4-year College or University.
  • Applicant must be from Nevada and pursuing a degree in an agricultural-related field.
  • Applicant must have at least a 2.8 GPA. A copy of the student’s transcripts is required.
  • Returning students that were previous recipients of the NCA Scholarship are eligible to apply for the Marvel/Andrae Scholarship.
  • Applicant should submit a cover letter outlining their background, current studies, and College or University they are currently attending and educational goals.
Applications must be postmarked by April 9, 2021.

Download the 2021 Marvel/Andrae Scholarship Application:

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PDF