Ray Sims Angus Scholarship

If you were among Angus breeders marketing cattle during the emerging auction methods of the 1950s and 1960s, Col. Ray Sims was likely at the top of your auctioneer list. Sims helped develop purebred auctions into fast-paced and steady marketing venues and helped lay the foundation of many modern auction techniques. During his 46-year career, Sims traveled throughout the United States and sold for both large- and small-scale livestock breeders, senators and three U.S. presidents — more than an estimated 7,000 auctions total. Sims was honored for his contributions to the industry as he received the Saddle and Sirloin Portrait Award in 2010 during a special ceremony in conjunction with the North American International Livestock Exposition (NAILE) in Louisville, Ky. Donations exceeding the portrait presentation costs were pooled to create the Ray Sims Angus Scholarship Endowment Fund in honor of Sims. Sims passed away in 2012, but his legacy lives on in the Angus breed through this scholarship endowment and all of the lives he has touched. A different recipient will receive the scholarship each year. The Angus Foundation Undergraduate Scholarship Program application will be used to select the Ray Sims Angus Scholarship recipient. Recipients may also receive other scholarships from the Angus Foundation or local, state, regional and national Angus-related entities.

Past Winners

2023Jordyn Wickard, IN
2022Zach McCall, VA
2021Kelsey Vejraska, WA
2020Claire Stevenson, MT
2019Ashley Cox, OR
2018C.J. Stevenson, MT
2017Katelyn Corsentino, LA
2016Jayne Bannister, N.Y.
2015Evan Woodbury, KS
2014Lauren Grimes, OH
2013Maggie Jasper, KY
2012Paige Wallace, MO
2011Kathleen Gazda, GA
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