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Youth Beekeeping Scholarship

The scholarship is an excellent way to introduce beekeeping to an interested young person between the ages of 12 and 17. Most participants enjoy learning about cultivating honey bees, and many continue their efforts beyond the program. Application deadline: January 15


  1. To better understand honeybee contributions to the environment and food chain.
  2. To experience responsibility and enjoyment through beekeeping.
  3. To explore beekeeping as a hobby, sideline or career
  4. To provide beekeeping knowledge to a family with no prior beekeeping experience.

The Award

  1. A one-year membership in the Minnesota Hobby Beekeepers Association
  2. Tuition to University of Minnesota Beekeeping Short Course (including the textbook) for youth and one parent.
  3. A complete set of woodenware for one beehive.
  4. Package of bees for the hive.
  5. Beekeeping gear: hat, veil, gloves, hive tool and bee smoker.
  6. Mentoring by a MHBA member for one year.


  1. The applicant must be between the ages of 12 and 17 by the deadline date at the top of the page.
  2. The applicant must be a resident of Minnesota.
  3. The applicant must be currently enrolled in public, private or home school.
  4. The applicant must have permission and agreement from parent or guardian.
  5. The applicant’s parents or guardian must not beekeepers.
  6. The applicant should plan on keeping their bees in the greater metro area.
  7. The application must be submitted to the MHBA no later than the deadline date on top of this page.

The Selection Process

The MHBA Youth Program Committee awards the scholarship.

  1. The Youth Program Committee will arrange an interview with finalist and parents/guardian.
  2. The scholarship will be awarded to the applicant by the Youth Program Committee, and presented at the first meeting in February.

Responsibility of Recipient

  1. The applicant must attend five of the ten MHBA regular monthly meetings and report on their experience at two of them.

How to Apply

  1. Download the application
  2. Fill out the application form completely.
  3. Send completed application, letter and signed terms and conditions of agreement to [email protected]

Or mail completed application to:
Gary Reuter, c/o University of Minnesota
1980 Folwell Ave. Room 219
St. Paul, MN 55108-6125

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Sophia Nienaber, a 2015 Scholarship winner in beekeeping
Sophia Nienaber, a 2015 Scholarship winner, uses her beekeeping experience to improve conservation of pollinators in her community and raise public awareness.
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