NC Commissioner Steve Troxler: Application Window Open for N.C. State Fair Junior Livestock Show Scholarships.

The application period to apply for a N.C. State Fair Junior Livestock Scholarship is open until March 1. Any youth who showed livestock at the N.C. State Fair are eligible to apply regardless of the breed or show placement. There are up to 25 $1,000 scholarships and one Farm Credit Association of N.C. Premier Scholarship of $1,500.

  • George Washington, our country’s first president, is quoted as saying, “Agriculture is the most healthful, most useful and most noble employment of man.”
  • I’d agree with that statement wholeheartedly. Agriculture supplies our most basic needs of food and fiber. It’s why it is defined by Homeland Security as essential.
  • As the farming population continues to age, it is important that we have young people interested in pursuing careers in agriculture. They will be the next generation of farmers, agribusiness owners and ag professionals.
  • I have been fortunate to teach some classes at N.C. State University with Dean Linton and I recently held one at N.C. A&T State University to try to share some of my experiences and lessons learned. I am very proud to teach these classes and we have had some excellent students in them.
  • A few years ago, we restructured the payouts to winners in the N.C. State Fair Junior Livestock shows in order to create scholarships that any participating junior livestock exhibitor could apply for.
  • It’s been a good change and has provided funds to help some of these youth pursue their goals of higher education.
  • The application period is open for this year’s cycle through March 1 for young people who would like to apply.
  • We are offering up to 25 $1,000 scholarships and one $1,500 premier scholarship offered by Carolina Farm Credit Associations of North Carolina.
  • Any youth who exhibited a livestock animal at the N.C. State Fair are eligible to apply for this scholarship, regardless of breed, class or show placement.
  • Showmen and previous showmen are encouraged to apply for scholarships each year they are enrolled at an institute of higher learning. They must be enrolled in a minimum of 9 course hours per semester, including community colleges and technical schools.
  • These scholarships are typically funded each year through an annual Sale of Champions, when a portion of the winning bid goes into a scholarship fund available to all participants.
  • With a scaled back junior livestock show in 2020, and no Sale of Champions because of restrictions on gatherings, we were not sure how we would handle scholarships this year.
  • Thankfully, our sponsors and donors stepped up in a big way to allow us to offer scholarships this year, and I am grateful for their continued support.
  • In addition to the completed application, students will need to submit:
    • a resume of their N.C. State Fair Junior Livestock experience (This carries the most weight in evaluating applications at 60 points)
    • a copy of their current transcript, (10 points for academic achievement)
    • a typed 500-word essay, (15 points)
    • a resume of their extracurricular and academic activities and honors, (Included under General resume 15 points)
    • and two letters of recommendation in sealed envelopes.
  • You can find the application and details of requirements on the N.C. State Fair homepage at ncstatefair.org. Completed applications are due to the N.C. State Fair Office or postmarked by 5 p.m. on March 1.