The $10,000 endowment will provide more scholarship opportunities for Angus youth from Iowa.
The legacy of Oliver A. Hansen, members of the Hansen family and their Laudmere Farm, Durant, Iowa, will continue through a scholarship endowment established within the Angus Foundation.
The Oliver A. Hansen Family/Laudmere Farm Angus Scholarship Endowment is a $10,000 endowment that will allow one college or college-bound Angus junior member from Iowa to receive the scholarship each year. The first scholarship will be awarded at the 2012 National Junior Angus Show in Louisville, Ky., for the upcoming 2012-13 academic year.
Oliver A. Hansen was an active member of the American Angus Association® and friend of the Angus breed. Oliver grew up in Dixon, Iowa, and assisted his father with the Angus herd at Laudmere Farm, which was established in 1931. He held several leadership roles in the Eastern Iowa Angus Association and was a strong advocate for Angus cattle and the agricultural industry. In 2009, he was inducted into the Angus Heritage Foundation, which identifies and honors individuals who have made major contributions to the improvements and advancement of Angus in the United States.
Oliver’s sons, Ron Hansen, Durant, Iowa, and Tom Hansen, Enoch, Utah, are honoring their father and family by creating the scholarship endowment in their father’s name and the nationally known Laudmere Farm name.
“Dad received a tremendous amount of enjoyment from Angus cattle and watching and encouraging young people in their Angus activities,” Ron says. “We felt it appropriate to honor Dad’s memory in a way that supports young people who share his love for Angus cattle.”
Tom says if life and work put stress on his father, he would always retreat to the Angus herd for relaxation.
“Perhaps with the formation of these scholarships, more young people will find their life enjoyment when with their Angus cattle,” Tom says.
The recipient of the Oliver A. Hansen Family/Laudmere Farm Angus Scholarship must have at one time been a National Junior Angus Association member and must currently be a junior, regular or life member of the American Angus Association. The recipient must also be a resident of Iowa and a member or past member of the Iowa Junior Angus Association for at least four consecutive years. Graduating high school seniors or students currently enrolled in college are eligible. The scholarship must be applied to undergraduate studies and is applicable to any field of study. More details about the scholarship can be found at www.angusfoundation.org.
“It is always quite humbling when Angus breeders and their families establish a permanent endowment fund with a charitable outright cash gift to the Angus Foundation providing for their family’s legacy to be carried on in perpetuity in the Angus breed, while simultaneously helping Angus youth to pursue their dreams of attending college,” says Milford Jenkins, Angus Foundation president. “This gift by the Hansens will truly make a difference in the lives of the Angus youth selected to receive this prestigious scholarship!”
In addition to the Oliver A. Hansen Family/Laudmere Farm Angus Scholarship given through the Angus Foundation, the Hansens are contributors to a separate scholarship fund, the Oliver A. Hansen Memorial Scholarship Fund, through the Eastern Iowa Angus Association. This separate scholarship will also be awarded for the first time in 2012.
For more information about the Oliver A. Hansen Family/Laudmere Farm Angus Scholarship and other scholarship endowments within the Angus Foundation, log on to www.angusfoundation.org. The 2012 Angus Foundation Scholarship application deadline is May 1, 2012.
If you are interested in learning more about how your name or your farm/ranch name can be carried on in perpetuity by establishing a scholarship endowment within the Angus Foundation, contact Jenkins at [email protected].
The Angus Foundation was established in 1980 as a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization to support Angus education, youth and research. To learn more about the Angus Foundation and the programs it supports, log on to www.angusfoundation.org or call 816-383-5100.