Youth Scholarship Application

Beekeepers of the Northern Shenandoah



Beekeepers of the Northern Shenandoah

Jim Winget Youth Beekeeping Scholarship Program




1.      To educate youth in the art of beekeeping and to promote a better understanding of the value of honeybees in our environment and to the food chain.

2.      To provide an opportunity for youth to experience the responsibility and enjoyment found in beekeeping

3.      To provide an avenue for youth to engage in an avocation and gain potential knowledge to pursue beekeeping as a sideline or full-time vocation.


The Award:


1.      A one-year membership in the Beekeepers of the Northern Shenandoah (BONS) Association and the Virginia State Beekeepers Association (VSBA).

2.      Full tuition paid for the BONS Beginning Beekeeping class, including the full textbook package, for the student and the parent/guardian.

3.      Two complete sets of woodenware for a beehive; each consisting of four unassembled hive bodies with associated unassembled frames and foundations, a screened bottom board, an inner cover, a telescoping cover, a top feeder and associated minor equipment for operation and assembly of the hive and frames.

4.      Mentoring services provided by an approved BONS member from FEBRUARY of the current year to APRIL of the following year.

5.      BONS assistance in extracting the first honey crop, expected to occur in a new beekeeper’s second year.

6.      The monetary value of he Scholarship is approximately $525.


Recipients Financial Responsibilities:



1.   The purchase of two nucs (nucleus) colonies or packages of bees complete with queens for each hive.  

                    (Estimated cost ~$200-$300)

2.   The purchase of Beekeeping gear; a hat/veil/jacket, hive tool, gloves, and bee smoker. 

      (Cost varies by supplier)





1.      The applicant must be between the ages of 12 and 16 by December 1st of the current year.

2.      The applicant must be a resident of one of the following Virginia counties:  Frederick, Clarke, Shenandoah, or Warren, or the City of Winchester.             

3.      The applicant must be currently enrolled in public, private, or home-schooled.

4.      The applicant must have permission and agreement from a parent or guardian.

5.      The applicant must be submitted to BONS no later than November 1st of the current year.

6.      The Program Committee or it’s representative must judge the proposed locations for the hives to be suitable for the successful maintenance of bee colonies.



Program Committee:


1.      The BONS Scholarship Program Committee will select the finalists.

2.      The Program Committee will arrange an interview with the finalists and their parents/guardians.

3.      The scholarship will be awarded to the applicant selected by the Program Committee and presented at the BONS January meeting held on the second Thursday of the month.



The recipient of this scholarship will receive the materials and services as provided in the Award section: 

•   Successful attendance (100%) and completion of the Beginners Beekeeping Class held for eight weeks between February and March.

•   The award recipient will be expected to attend at least 50% of the BONS meetings from February (after the award) to April the following year.  (Meetings are held the second Thursday of each month, except July and December, at 7:00pm in the Blandy Arboretum Library).

•   The award recipient will notify the current president or their mentor when he or she is unable to attend the monthly BONS meeting.

•   At each meeting attended, the Award recipient will be required to present a short (5 minute) progress report of the activities to date.

•   The award recipient will keep a written record complete with dates, photos (optional), and other data to sustain all progress reports.

•   A final report (15 to 20 minutes) will be presented at the APRIL meeting of the following year to report on the wintering experience and lessons learned.

•   A Certificate of Completion and full ownership of the colony and all equipment will be presented at that April meeting IF the award recipient has met all requirements.


Scholarship Application Requests:

Request e application: Scholarship e application request

1.) Please select the above hyperlink

2.) Include on subject line - scholarship form request

3.) Include in the body of the text your name and email address 

4.) You will receive by return email an interactive scholarship application

5.) Please dowenload the file, complete the application and select "submit". The form will be recieved and processed (incomplete applications will be returned)


Download paper application: Scholarship Application

1.) Please download and print the application 

2.) Fill out application (incomplete applications will not be accepted)

3.) Be sure to include any supporting letters or documents

4.) Sign the application where indicated

5.) Send application for consideration (follow directions for submitting application)*

*Submitting Printed Applications: Please mail the application to:  John O'Connor  463 Frog Hollow Road   Winchester, VA  22603 or bring the application to a BONS meeting - second Thursday of each month (except July and December), at 6:45pm in the Library at Blandy Arboretum, located about one mile east of the intersection of Highway 50 and 340 at 400 Blandy Farm Lane, Boyce, VA 22620.