Youth Scholarship

Midwestern Beekeepers Association (MBA)


  • To educate youth in the art of beekeeping and to promote a better understanding of  the value of honeybees to our environment and to the food chain.
  • To provide an opportunity for youth to experience responsibility and enjoyment through beekeeping.
  • To provide an avenue for youth to engage in an avocation and gain the potential to pursue beekeeping as a sideline or a full-time vocation.


The Youth Scholarship Award

  • A two-year Midwestern Beekeepers Association membership.
  • A beginning beekeeper seminar and textbook
  • A complete set of woodenware for a beehive. 
  • A nucleus colony or package of bees for the hive.
  • Basic beekeeping gear: hat, veil, gloves, hive tool, and bee smoker.
  • Mentoring by a Midwestern Beekeepers Association member for one year.

The Apis Award

  • A Midwestern Beekeepers Association membership.
  • A beginning beekeeper seminar and textbook
  • Mentorship sessions in an apiary with a beekeeper


The applicant must:

  • Be between the ages of 10 and 18 by February 1st of the Award Year.
  • Be a resident of Missouri.
  • Be currently enrolled in public, private, or home school.
  • Have permission to apply from a parent or guardian.
  • Have no immediate family members that are currently beekeepers.
  • Submit application (postmarked) to Midwestern Beekeepers Association no later than November 30, 2017


  • The Midwestern Beekeepers Association Youth Program Committee may arrange an interview with finalists and their parents or guardian.
  • The Scholarship Committee Chair will award the scholarship and notify the applicant(s) after the January General Meeting of the Award Year.

Midwestern Beekeepers Association

The recipient of The Youth Scholarship Award  will receive the following:

  • Woodenware consisting of two standard hive bodies with frames and foundation
  • Bottom board, top cover, inner cover
  • Two honey supers
  • Queen excluder
  • Feeder
  • Nucleus or package of bees with queen
  • Beginner’s equipment to start the beekeeping project (veil/protective clothing, smoker, hive tool, bee brush)
  • Beekeeping text and instruction notebook.

 The recipient will also receive the additional benefits:

  • A two-year Midwestern Beekeepers Association membership
  • Mentoring by a Midwestern Beekeepers Association member throughout the year
  • MBA assistance in extracting the first year’s honey crop
  • A MBA Beginning Beekeeping Workshop

The recipient The Youth Scholarship Award will:

  • Keep a written record complete with dates, photos and other pertinent data sufficient to substantiate all progress of beekeeping experiences.
  • Complete two service projects during the year. Service projects may include activities such as speaking to a school class or a meeting of a youth civic organization (4-H or Scouts).
  • Attend at least nine MBA club meetings
  • Present a final report of activities and progress including service projects and beekeeping records
  • Provide at least one State entry related to honey or honey bees (honey, photo contest, gift basket, informative poster, etc.—ask for suggestions)
  • Study the material provided in order to become an informed beekeeper
  • NOTE: Parents are expected to attend all activities with the student scholar.

Upon conclusion of the beekeeping year, if the scholarship recipient has met all requirements, the MBA President will present her/him a Certificate of Ownership and full ownership of the colony and equipment.

If, at anytime during the beekeeping year, the youth scholarship recipient has neglected to care for the bees, no longer wishes to continue in beekeeping, or has failed to meet the end of year requirements, the scholarship mentor will take custody of the hive (including bees) and all related equipment. In coordination with MBA, the scholarship mentor will move the hive.

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