Every year, the Public Lands Council awards two Nick Theos scholarships for $250 (in addition to hotel and registration) to attend the annual spring Legislative Conference in Washington, D.C..

Nick Theos, a founding member of PLC and great supporter of the livestock industry, passed away on April 11th, 2013 at the age of 92. It is because of the Theos family and the Nick Theos PLC Scholarship Program that young people are able to attend our annual Legislative Conference in Washington, D.C.

In an effort to have more college students involved with PLC issues and provide them with an unforgettable learning experience, we offer this chance to meet members of Congress and their staff; attend meetings with agency officials; and hear from the leading experts and influencers in the industry. Scholars are able to actively participate in our efforts to promote and support public lands grazing at our nation’s capital.

Applicants should have a demonstrated interest in public lands ranching. If selected, applicants have the opportunity to give short remarks to meeting attendees during the conference. PLC will provide hotel rooms and registration fees. Sponsorships to help cover travel costs are encouraged.

The 2024 Nick Theos Scholarship application window is now closed. Please check back in January 2025 to apply for next year’s scholarship! Please contact Will Baugh (wbaugh@beef.org) with any questions.