Zachary Duffy, a William Woods University equestrian student from Janesville, Wis., is a winner of a $3,500 “Royal Six” collegiate scholarship, sponsored by the American Royal.
Duffy was one of six college students, and the only one from a private school, selected to receive the scholarship and the opportunity to advocate agriculture, leadership and the American Royal.
The University of Missouri had two winners. Other winners represent the University of Nebraska, Kansas State University and Oklahoma State University.
With the exception of Duffy, all 25 finalists announced in June hailed from large public universities: Kansas State (eight), Missouri (five), Nebraska, Colorado State and South Dakota State (two each) and Kentucky, Arkansas, Illinois, Oklahoma State and Iowa State (one each).
George Guastello, president and CEO of the American Royal, said “The Royal Six truly represent the best and the brightest students. The American Royal is dedicated to assisting in the development of future generations of leaders.”
The “Royal Six” will travel to Kansas City in October to be honored at the American Royal Livestock Show. While in Kansas City, they will visit with corporate audiences, speak for the American Royal about their experiences in agriculture and promote the agricultural industry. In addition, they will have the opportunity to attend the 2003 Agriculture Future of America Leaders Conference in Kansas City.
The American Royal, now in its 104th year, celebrates the region’s rich agricultural heritage through competition, education and entertainment. The American Royal, one of Kansas City’s premier fall events, annually hosts one of the Midwest’s largest livestock exhibitions and rodeos, is home of the National Championship horse competition and was voted best horse show in the country in 2002.