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ILR Youth Scholarship Program -

ILR will award a minimum of one $500 scholarship annually to a graduating high school senior and one $1,000 scholarship to youth entering his/her junior or senior year of college from the ILR Youth Scholarship Fund. Additional scholarships may be awarded at the discretion of the scholarship review committee and based upon available funding. The ILR Youth Scholarship Programs is designed to recognize outstanding youth members who are actively involved in a variety of ways with their llamas, active in their school and/or community, committed to high character and service towards others, and promoters of llamas with other youth. Scholarships will be awarded in June and winners will be recognized at the ILR-SD Gathering of Friends and Champions. Youth interested in applying will need to complete the application form and provide the required supplemental materials. For scholarships, the application and supporting materials must be postmarked no later than May 27th, .


  • Applicants must fill out the scholarship application completely and it must accompany the checklist, question responses, letters of reference, and transcript to be considered. All materials must be postmarked no later than May 27th, to be considered.

  • A completed application will include:
    1. Application form
    2. Completed and signed Checklist
    3. Responses to Questions
    4. Three Letters of Reference
      • One letter from an individual familiar with your llama activities (4-H leader, FFA advisor, local llama breeder, etc.)
      • One letter from an individual familiar with your academic preparation for college (school counselor, school administrator, teacher, etc.)
      • One letter from an individual familiar with your character, attitude, work ethic, etc.
      • Reference letters should not be from the applicant’s parents
    5. Verification of high school enrollment status for high school seniors or college transcript for the students entering their junior or senior year of college
    6. Completed application packets must be sent to the ILR Office at:
            The International Lama Registry
            PO Box 8
            Kalispell, MT 59903

  • Applicants who fail to meet the requirements will be notified by email.

  • A high school senior applicant must plan to attend an accredited community college, college or university, or a vocational or trade school within one year after receiving the scholarship. (After one year, failure to enroll will result in forfeiture of the scholarship). To receive the college level scholarship, the youth must be currently enrolled in college and plan to continue their studies in the Fall. (Failure to continue will result in forfeiture of the scholarship).

  • Scholarships will be payable in the recipient’s name to the institution the student attends.

  • Applicants must be current ILR youth members or have maintained youth membership until reaching their 20th birthday.

  • Selection will be based 50% on involvement in llama activities, 25% on academic preparation, and 25% on work ethic, volunteer/community service activities, and leadership.

  • Winners will be notified by June 6th. Winners may be asked to provide a photo and additional information for publicity of the awards.

  • Individual applications and responses will not be reproduced or made available except to the selection committee. Applicant confidentiality will be protected to the extent possible.

  • The selection committee reserves the right to conduct phone interviews with their finalists as part of the selection process.

  • Applicants with questions are encouraged to contact the ILR office at (406) 755-3438 or email to

Please consider being a Sponsor

The ILR Youth Scholarships are funded with an initial allocation from the ILR general fund, but for the program to be sustainable we must rely on your generous donations. An ILR Youth Scholarship Fund has been created within the International Llama Foundation (a 501.c3 organization) so your contributions may be tax deductible. Please consider making a donation today. For information or with questions please contact the ILR office at (406) 755-3438 or email to Your ILR Board of Directors is committed to growth of the ILR llama youth program. The youth scholarship is one way of recognizing our outstanding young people involve with ILR and the llama industry.

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