Youth Scholarship Program

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The Youth Scholarship Program deadline is
September 15th of each year.

The Iowa Honey Producers Association is proud to promote the wonders of beekeeping to the next generation of beekeepers. Through the IHPA Youth Scholarship Program, youth ages 13 to 16 (by November 1st of the current year) can apply for the opportunity to learn beekeeping from a local mentor. This is a great hands on experience. Young students will learn the skills needed to maintain their very own beehive! The beekeeping mentor will teach and guide participants in working with a live beehive which will be their's to keep upon successful completion of the program.


Selection Criteria

  1. Youth must be the ages of 13 to 16 by November 1st of the current year.

  2. Applicant must be currently enrolled in public, private, or home school.

  3. Applicant must complete and return all paperwork, including permission and agreement form signed by parent or guardian.

  4. The application with supporting documents, as well as the waiver/binder form must be submitted to the Youth Scholarship Coordinator no later than September 30th of the current year.

  5. All applicants must be new to beekeeping, if immediate family members are beekeepers you will not be eligible to apply.


Selection Process

  1. After all applications have been received, a selected committee will carefully consider each and select finalists.

  2. Finalists will be contacted by phone on or before October 10. At this time, finalists will schedule a phone/zoom interview with the IHPA Youth Scholarship Committee.

  3. Interviews will take place during the middle/end of October.

  4. The Youth Beekeeping Scholarship Program Scholars will be announced during the IHPA Annual Meeting. At this time, they will have the opportunity to meet the scholarship recipients of the previous year.


For more details and requirements, contact Stephanie Meyers (Youth Scholarship Coordinator) at or click on the link below.

Hive Components

All students (if selected) will receive...

Standard bottom board w/entrance reducer

2-Hive bodies w/frames and foundation

2-Medium Supers w/frames and foundation

Telescoping cover w/inner cover

Division board feeder

Hive tool

Smoker w/shield

Bee brush

Hooded jacket/veil

Pair of leather gloves

Appropriate nails for construction of hive bodies, as some assembly will be required. The exception to this is if the hive was donated to the program. In which case the hive may already be assembled and/or painted. 

Free classes and a mentor for a year!

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What your hive kit will look like finished