Youth Scholarship
&
Mentoring Program

This is a 2.5 years progressive Program that is broken down into 3 incremental phases as described further below. Applicants can stop after each phase or continue on to the next phases depending on their respective goals and constraints.

 

Conditions:

  • Applicants must be between 10 and 18 years of age

  • Applicants must reside in Hays County or adjacent counties  

  • Applicants are not currently beekeepers themselves

  • Applicant’s immediate family (parents, siblings) are not currently beekeepers themselves (to encourage newcomers to the world of beekeeping)  

  • Applicants must scrupulously follow the application process to be considered for selection

  • To  stay in the program and to move to Phase 2 and Phase 3, applicants will have to scrupulously follow the described process and pass the various requirements as listed

  • Completed Applications for Phase 1 must be emailed to HaysCountyBA@gmail.com by April 20th 2018 EOD (items emailed after March 20th 2018 EOD will automatically be disqualified from the selection process). To file, kindly download then print the Application

 

Application Process:

The application process consists of 4 separate sections:

  • a completed “Application & Agreement” form

  • the Applicant’s handwritten essay

  • the Applicant’s parent’s written comments and approval (can be typed)

  • an in-person interview with the scholarship committee (May 10th, time TBD)  


Selection Process

Each section of the selection process will be graded separately by the Youth Scholarship Committee panel of judges. Incorrect or incomplete packets will lose points.  The Applicant with the highest total point value at the end of the selection process will be accepted into the Youth Mentoring and Scholarship Program, under the following conditions:

  • Recipient must commit to attend the May 18, 2018 HCBA meeting to begin the Phase 1 process.

  • Recipient must commit to meet all Phase 1 and Phase 2 requirements, and show strong motivation and willingness to continue on with Phase 3 by the end of Phase 2.

 

 

PROGRAM PHASES:

Phase 1 - April to September 2018 (6 months)

 

Selected youth will participate in a series of theoretical and practical sessions designed by HCBA to give them a solid foundation and understanding of proper beekeeping principles before receiving their own hive. To support this theoretical and practical learning, the selected youth will receive:

    • At the beginning of this phase, a book on beginning beekeeping that they will need to study by the end of this Phase

    • At the beginning of this phase, a family membership with HCBA for the current year (value of $25)

    • Throughout this phase, the teaching, help and support of an assigned mentor to learn good beekeeping practices, get answers to their questions, and build their knowledge of beekeeping.

    • Throughout this phase, access to

      • a Top-Bar Hive,

      • a colony of honeybees from Bee Weaver Apiaries,

      • all necessary gear and equipment to begin their journey into beekeeping (suit, gloves, hive tool and smoker) to learn how to inspect, observe, feed and troubleshoot. Please note: the hive and the colony of bees will be kept at the mentor’s property and will remain the property of HCBA during these first 6 months.

    • At the end of this Phase, a certificate of completion for Phase 1 based on passing the completion criteria below

 

To complete Phase 1, the selected Youth will have to satisfactorily pass the following deliverables before, in or around September 2018:

    • attend a minimum of 5 of the 6 monthly meetings (April, May, June, July, August, September 2018)

    • answer a short series of theoretical questions about basic beekeeping to test their knowledge at the end of this Phase

    • during the September 2018 HCBA meeting, the Youth will give attendees in presence a short powerpoint presentation (5 to 10mns) on their first season of learning how to bee keep and what they have learned (with pictures)

Phase 2 - October 2018 to October 2019 (one year)

Youth participants who have successfully completed Phase 1 and decide to pursue their beekeeping education will be awarded full ownership of the Youth Scholarship beehive and its colony of bees for them to move to, and keep on, their property.

To continue supporting their theoretical and practical learning, the selected youth will also receive:

    • the full ownership of the previously provided gear and equipment,

    • a Phase 2 mentor (potentially the same) who will continue guiding them through the process of becoming a beekeeper and will help them manage their new hive throughout this Phase

    • a family membership for 2019 (value of $25)

    • a paid registration to the Apprentice Level of the TAMU Master Beekeeper Program (value of $75)

    • access to HCBA’s extracting equipment to process their honey upon their first harvest

    • At the end of this Phase, a certificate of completion for Phase 2 based on passing the completion criteria below

 

 

To complete Phase 2, the selected Youth will have to satisfactorily pass the following deliverables before October 2019:

    • attend a minimum of 10 of the 13 monthly meetings during this phase (Oct.2018 to Oct. 2019)

    • attend at least one Educational Seminar in Texas (such as the January AABA Seminar, the August Tour de Hives, and/or the November TBA Convention)

    • obtain a passing grade at the Apprentice Level of the TAMU Master Beekeeper Program (Fall 2018 or Spring 2019)

    • Participate as a Volunteer in HCBA Programs or initiatives (minimum 3hrs)

    • Learn to build a TBH with the help of a mentor

 

 

Phase 3 November 2019 - November 2020

With 18 months of beekeeping under their belt, only Youth participants that have successfully completed Phase 2 and decide to pursue their beekeeping education with commitment and motivation will be allowed to this advanced level phase of the program.

To continue supporting their theoretical and practical learning, the selected youth will receive:

    • a family membership for 2020 (value of $25)

    • in the Spring, their beehive will be partitioned and populated with a "split" of their first colony on the other side of the partition- giving them 2 functioning colonies and the knowledge to grow their own apiary without buying bees.  

    • access to HCBA’s extracting equipment to process their honey upon their second harvest

    • at the end of this final Phase, a Certificate of Achievement for successfully completing their 2.5 year scholarship program

    • an award ceremony

    • an induction on our Youth Scholarship Wall of Fame (on the website - not yet created)

    • a Letter of Recommendation from HCBA for Colleges or Job applications

 

To complete Phase 3, the selected Youth will have to satisfactorily pass the following deliverables before October 2019:

    • act for a full year as a mentor to the next year's class of Youth students

    • obtain a passing grade at the Advanced Level of the TAMU Master Beekeeper Program (Fall 2019 or Spring 2020) - which requires 5 Public Service Credits

    • Participate as a Volunteer in HCBA Programs or initiatives (minimum 10hrs5

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