NWCF Scholarships

Over $36,300 Awarded in NWCF Scholarships!

The North West Camelid Foundation Scholarship Endowment Fund was established in partnership with the Oregon State University Foundation and the College of Veterinary Medicine.

NWCF 2022 OSU Scholarship Winner Lane Beu

Lane Beu winner NWCF scholarship 2022

Why I chose veterinary medicine:
To be able to provide small farms a comprehensive source of care and continue the shift of large animal medicine toward humane practices.

My career plans:
Hoping for a mobile, mixed animal practice serving a rural community. Plan is to provide a one-stop shop to see the barn cats, the livestock guardian dog, the horses, pigs, sheep, alpacas, cows etc.

Fun fact:
Working at the large animal hospital has been a great experience, learning how to behave around animals who are stressed/in pain. Also being lifting completely off the ground by the neck of an alpaca who was just as surprised as I was.

Lane Beu, Class of 2024
Hometown: Bloomfield, CO
Undergraduate degree: Colorado State University

NWCF 2022 WSU Scholarship Winner Rachel Hanson

2022 WSu scholarship recipient NWCF Rachel Hanson

April 2022

Dear North West Camelid Foundation,

I am honored to have been considered for the NWCF Scholarship and am extremely gateful for your contributions to our continued growth in the field of veterinary medicine.

I grew up in southeastern Idaho and was active e in my local 4-H clubs and rodeo. I continued my passion for agriculture and rodeo in to my undergraduate education at Utah State University by completing my bachelor’s in Animal, Dairy, and Veterinary Science, and competing on the USU Rodeo Team. During those three years I made the Dean’s list each assister and served as the Bice President of the rodeo team for two years. I continued my time at USU by completing the first two years of the DVM program there before moving up to Pullman in the fall of 2020.


Our NWCF Scholarship Recipients Thank You!

Make a Donation to the NWCF Scholarship Endowment Today!

Your donation check should be payable to:
The OSU Foundation
specifiying the North West Camelid Foundation (NWCF)
Scholarship Endowment Fund in the comment area
(or in correspondence) and mailed to:

Oregon State University Foundation
4238 SW Research Way,
Corvallis, OR 97333-1068


Make a Donation to NWCF’s WSU Scholarship online today

Friends of the Veterinary College Endowment Scholarship Fund
Or send a check payable to:
Friends of the Veterinary College Endowment Scholarship Fund
specifiying the NWCF Scholarship Fund Account #2505-8168
in the comment area or in correspondence.

WSU Veterinary Development Office
PO Box 647010
Washington State University
Pullman, WA 99164-7010

Thank You!

See Past Recipients of the NWCF Scholarship.


History of the NWCF Scholarship Endowment

In 1993 the NWCF directors approved funding an annual Scholarship for a student pursuing a degree in the veterinary medical field. A Scholarship Committee was formed under the leadership of Bob Wynia. He and other volunteers developed the qualifying criteria, distributed announcements of the award and evaluated and selected the recipient. Included in the criteria besides scholastic achievement was an interest in care and treatment of llamas and alpacas.

The Scholarship was to be funded by a raffle. An interested farm was asked to donate a pair of pet male llamas. Tickets were sold at the Llama Bazaar held in conjunction with AgFest at the State Fairgrounds each April. Donating ranches over the years included Llamas of Central Valley, Bob and Betty Barkdoll; Chula Llamas, Dick and Pat Wickum; Sijama Llamas, Bob and Marilyn Wynia; and Glenmor Forest Llamas, Morris Wendorf and Glen Pfefferkorn. In later years, merchandise items were added such as cd players, radios and other electronic gadgets.

Ticket sales in those early days exceeded $1,000. When the raffle fell shy, the directors funded the short fall out of the treasury or member donations made up the difference. In September 2001, the Board with the approval of the Jan Crabbe family transferred $382 from the Raven Hill Fund to the Scholarship fund. Jan, under the name of Raven Hill Llamas, had been a llama breeder in the Corvallis area. When she succumbed to cancer, her llama friends contributed to a memorial fund established by her family with the NWCF. They agreed that being part of the Scholarship Fund was a fitting tribute to their mother.

In 2001 the Board recognized the administrative work, staying in compliance with Internal Revenue requirements and establishing a stabilized funding source mandated that a different approach was needed. After careful deliberation a challenge was issued to llama owners asking they make donations to the NWCF Scholarship Fund to be established in partnership with the Oregon State University Foundation and the College of Veterinary Medicine. For each dollar donated by an individual, NWCF would match the donation with four dollars, up to a maximum matching grant of $10,000. To meet the required fund balance of $12,500, individual donations of $2,500 were required.

In 1999 the association had sponsored its first ALSA-sanctioned llama show as part of AgFest, in addition to its annual Llama Bazaar. Under the leadership of superintendent Justin Timm, the first dual show held on the west coast was a barnburner. After the bills were paid, $11,000 went into the treasury. This windfall earned through the efforts of one of our youth was identified as the source for the matching funds. How better to recognize his efforts in perpetuity then to use that money to ensure a Scholarship was awarded every year to other hard working individuals and to eliminate the need for annual fundraising.

On November 14, 2002, NWCF director Glen Pfefferkorn signed the Endowment Fund Agreement with the OSU Foundation. This agreement set forth the criteria, the selection process and the awarding of the Scholarship. All administrative work was transferred from NWCF to the Scholarship Committee of the College of Veterinary Medicine.

Local veterinarians were instrumental in getting the donation drive off to a fast start. Dr. Paul Jones contributed $100 and challenged all other vet clinics to meet his donation. Drs. Pat Long, Kecia Smilie and Greg Fisher met his challenge.

The balance of the $2,500 needed for the matching grant was quickly met.

By March 31, 2003, the NWCF Scholarship Fund was fully funded.

NW camelid foundation history of the endowment
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