Student Chosen as Finalist for American Royal Scholarship

The American Royal has announced that William Woods University equestrian science student Zachary Duffy of Janesville, Wis., is among the 25 finalists for the “Royal Six” collegiate scholarship program.


This scholarship program awards six college students a $3,500 scholarship and represents an opportunity for outstanding college students to advocate agriculture, leadership and the American Royal.


Other finalists all represent 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).


The American Royal, a not-for profit organization dedicated to benefiting youth through education, awarded $350,000 in scholarships last year and provides year-round educational programs for pre-k through adult.


“We are very pleased to offer this scholarship program again this year.” said George Guastello, president and CEO of the American Royal. “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”.


After their selection, 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.