Royal Scholars

The Royal Scholars program is designed to provide an opportunity for outstanding college students to represent the American Royal Mission and advocate for the agriculture industry. In recognition of the outstanding achievements of the Royal Scholars and their contribution the mission of the American Royal, the American Royal Association will award a $3,000 scholarship to each student as a member of the program.



  • Timeline

    Applications Open: March 1, 2024

    Applications Close: April 30, 2024

    Alert Interview Candidates: May 15, 2024

    Scholarship Interviews: May 20-24

    Scholars Announced 1st Week of June

  • Dates On-Site

    Livestock Show- Represent the American Royal at our oldest event, celebrating 125 years in 2024! Royal Scholars will be present through the livestock show, assist with the Junior Premium Livestock Auction, and attend business and industry visits throughout the Kansas City metro area.

    Arrival Day: Thursday, October 17

    Departure Day: Sunday, October 20, 2024

    Youth Rodeo and Spring Field Trip- Come join the American Royal at our largest educational activity. As Royal Scholars you will assist in welcoming KC metro area students to a morning full of discovery about food and agriculture. Later Scholars will watch the Youth Rodeo and then interact with Kansas City area business leaders through industry visits.

    Arrival Day: Wednesday, April 23, 2025

    Departure Day: Saturday, April 26, 2025

  • Eligibility

    • Between ages of 18-25 as of January 1, 2024
    • Currently enrolled in a college or university majoring in agriculture, food, natural resources, or other related discipline as an undergraduate student.
    • Must be an undergraduate student both semesters.
    • Cumulative collegiate grade point average equivalent or above 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
    • Former Royal Scholars are not eligible to receive the scholarship more than once.
    • Individuals selected will not be able to show in the American Royal Livestock Show Market Steer, Hog, Lamb, and Goat Classes. This is due to time spent off-site during business and industry tours during the week.