Thank you for your interest in Rocky Mountain Farmers Union and its scholarship program. Each year, RMFU awards about $8,000 in higher education scholarships. Each scholarship has different application forms and deadlines.
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Summer Leadership Camps, Bailey, Colo.
For more than 60 years, youth ages 7-18, have been developing leadership skills, self-confidence and learning cooperation by attending RMFU Leadership Camps at the Farmers Union Education Center in Bailey, Colorado. Along with learning important life-skills in a fun and educational setting, the campers take part in theme-nights, recreational activities and field trips. RMFU has a proven track record as a camp that enables children to be themselves, make lasting friendships and learn leadership skills in a fun way.
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RMFU has a proud history of providing quality educational and leadership opportunities to its youth. This is possible because of the dedicated youth leaders and education directors within the counties. The youth leaders help plan and conduct education activities in local communities, coordinate local speech contests, conduct youth recognition nights, sign-up summer campers and encourage youth to apply for scholarship opportunities. The youth leaders and education directors are the first link in RMFU’s education program.
Youth Completion Awards
Farmers Union youth who complete four activities at the state or local level in a year earn the Youth Completion Award. Youth may start earning their awards when they are in 1st grade and continue until they have graduated from high school. The Torchbearer Award is the highest honor bestowed upon youth who participate in the Farmers Union youth program. The award is presented to those who have completed five years of senior youth work. Torchbearers are honored annually at the RMFU convention.
Senior Youth Advisory Council
The RMFU Senior Youth Advisory Council (SYAC) represents youth throughout Colorado, New Mexico and Wyoming. The SYAC is elected by their peers at the previous year’s Senior Leadership Camp in Bailey, Colo. The SYAC assist with details at the RMFU annual convention and help plan the following year’s summer camps.
Work & Fun Shops
Many counties hold county-sponsored “Work & Fun” shops throughout the year. They serve to introduce the Farmers Union educational program to youth throughout the tri-state region (Colorado, New Mexico, Wyoming). Youth “Work & Fun” shops form the basis of the Farmers Union youth program with classes offered for all ages. The aim of the program is threefold: To build a better world for all; to build a prosperous family farm agriculture structure; and, to build a stronger Farmers Union.
All-States Leadership Camp
Every summer, youth ages 17-22 from throughout the United States, travel to the Farmers Union Education Center in Bailey, Colo., to spend a week at the All-States Leadership Camp. The week-long learning experience is centered on leadership development. Youth participate in a variety of activities that emphasize the value of good citizenship, political and community activism, the power of one person to make a difference in the world as well as working together through organizations to achieve common goals. RMFU youth need to achieve two years of completion work. Check back for information on the 2010 camp!
For more information on RMFU’s educational opportunities and programs contact Jennifer Luitjens Bahr, director of education/organization development, at 303.752.5800 or via e-mail.
RMFU Foundation’s cooperative leadership camps are supported by a generous grant from the CHS Foundation. The CHS Foundation (www.chsfoundation.org) is the major giving entity of CHS Inc. (www.chsinc.com), a diversified energy, grains and foods Fortune 100 company committed to providing the essential resources that enrich lives. As a part of the CHS stewardship focus, the CHS Foundation is committed to investing in the future of rural America, agriculture and cooperative business through education and leadership development.