LCBA has 3 new 2017 Youth Scholars! We will have profiles & photos of each one on this website soon.
We will start taking applications for 2018 in June - the deadline to apply for our 2018 program will be November 15, 2017. Starting in June, please click on the link above for details & application forms. Students from Lewis County, north Cowlitz County, & south Thurston County who will be in 7th - 10th grades in 2018 are eligible to apply.
In 2014, LCBA started our Youth in Beekeeping Scholarship Program, funded by members' donations & dues, as well as support from community vendors (see below). Our goal is to help foster a life-long love of beekeeping in young people whose families are not already beekeepers.
Two Toledo high school students applied & were selected to receive bees & all necessary equipment to start beekeeping, each assisted by an LCBA mentor. In 2015, the program came to Onalaska. In 2016 & 2017, we are extending the program to middle school as well as high school students in Lewis County overall, as well as south Thurston & North Cowlitz Counties, depending on mentor availability. For 2016, our Youth Scholars are Josiah Cowin of Chehalis, 11th grade, and Sam of Napavine, 5th grade (Sam's last name is withheld because of his age).
LCBA's Youth Scholarship students also receive free tuition to take LCBA's beginning beekeeping course & a free LCBA membership.
We also thank these local vendors for donating items for our fundraising drawings:
Most of all, LCBA thanks our members for their donations that fund the program!
For details on our 2014, 2015, & 2016 Youth Scholarship program students & activities, please click on the links above.
Questions about LCBA's Youth in Beekeeping Scholarship Program? Please contact Education Coordinator Peter Glover (360 880 8132; firstname.lastname@example.org) or Secretary Susanne Weil (360 880 8130 or email@example.com)
Above, Josiah Cowin, one of LCBA's 2016 Youth in Beekeeping Scholarship students, assembes his hive boxes at LCBA Vice President Bob Harris's Rose of Sharon Farm workshop, assisted by mentor Gottfried Fritz (left) & father Joel (right). Below, our other Youth Scholar for 2016, Sam, assembles frames in a jig, coached by LCBA Education Coordinator Peter Glover:
LCBA's 2014 Youth Scholarship Program winners: above, Joevanie Montalvo, & below, Mason Gaul. Joevanie & Mason were both 11th graders at Toledo High School when they applied.
Above, Josiah Cowin, one of LCBA's 2016 Youth Scholars. To read more about Josiah & his bees, click on the 2016 link, above (photo by mentor Gottfried Fritz).
Above, Jana Girt, LCBA's 2015 Youth in Beekeeping Scholarship student from Onalaska High School, holds up one of her bees' well-drawn frames: April 2015.
Above, Jana assembling her hive components; below, Jana & mom Janelle with their newly hived Italian package bees:
Above; Jana with her prize honey at the Southwest Washington Fair; below, Jana & Janelle with their 5 newly assembled medium super boxes. Many thanks to Beeline of Rochester for their winning bid on this year's scholarship materials:
Below, 2014 Youth Scholar Joevanie uncaps honey frames at LCBA's honey spinning workshop, assisted by then-president Norm Switzler: