Jim Baldridge Outstanding Leadership Award scholarship increases for 2023

March 22, 2023




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Holly Martin, director of communications



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Cutline: Ellie Kidwell receives the Outstanding Leadership Award at the 2022 National Junior Angus Show in Kansas City, Mo. Applications for 2023 are due May 1.


Jim Baldridge Outstanding Leadership Award scholarship increases for 2023

Youth recognized with National Junior Angus Association award will now receive $5,000 through the Angus Foundation.

The Jim Baldridge Outstanding Leadership Award was designed to recognize one outstanding National Junior Angus Association (NJAA) member each year. In 2023, the scholarship awarded by the Angus Foundation will increase from $2,500 to $5,000. This prestigious award honors an NJAA member who exemplifies excellent leadership and character through their Angus involvement and beyond.

In 2013, Bill and Betty Werner of Werner Angus, Cordova, Illinois donated $50,000 to the Angus Foundation to sustain a permanent endowment fund for the recipient of the Outstanding Leadership Award, in memory of Jim Baldridge. Since then, this NJAA award has been known as the Jim Baldridge Outstanding Leadership Award and has supported many Angus youth in pursuing secondary education.

“We’re excited to have the opportunity to provide recipients of the Jim Baldridge Outstanding Leadership Award even more support through this scholarship increase,” said Jaclyn Boester, Angus Foundation executive director. “The Foundation is proud to invest in youth who exemplify the leadership qualities and strong character developed through NJAA involvement.”

Nominations for the Jim Baldridge Outstanding Leadership Award are due May 1. The application form can be found at and asks applicants to answer three essay questions, and provide their resume and two letters of recommendation. The recipient is selected by a judging committee and will be announced at the 2023 National Junior Angus Show in Grand Island, Nebraska during the awards ceremony.

Since 1998, the Angus Foundation has awarded more than $4.2 million in undergraduate and graduate scholarships. To learn more about the work of the Angus Foundation, visit


— Written by Peyton Schmitt, Angus Communications


About the Angus Foundation

Established as a 501(c)(3) organization in 1980, the Angus Foundation remains focused on its mission to support Angus education, youth, and research. The organization has distributed more than $4.2 million in youth scholarships since 1998 and has also invested more than $1.3 million in beef cattle research in the past decade.

For more information, contact the Angus Foundation at 816-383-5100.


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