Commissioner Troxler: Junior Livestock Scholarship Applications Now Accepted

Youth that participated in the N.C. State Fair youth livestock shows are eligible to apply for a $2,000 scholarship for higher education. The deadline to apply is 5 p.m. on March 1, and a total of 27 scholarships will be awarded for 2018. Applications are online at

  • We wrapped up the N.C. State Fair back in October, but our youth livestock shows are still making a contribution thanks to a scholarship fund we started in 2015.
  • Each year a portion of the proceeds from the sale of junior grand and reserve grand champions goes into a scholarship fund that participating youth are eligible to apply for.
  • Thanks to the generous support of our buyers each year, we have been able to award $2,000 scholarships to youth that exhibited livestock at the N.C. State Fair.
  • They are eligible to apply regardless of the breed, class or show placement. This year we will be awarding 27 scholarships for higher education.
  • Showing animals teaches young people about responsibility, commitment and how to care for livestock, and many youth have been showing from the time they are 3 or 4 years old until they age out of competition.
  • I am proud to see their dedication, and I am also proud to see them literally grow up and mature from year to year.
  • I believe the lessons they learn preparing animals to show teaches them skills for a lifetime.
  • We started the scholarship and outreach program as a way to encourage young people to pursue careers in agriculture, and also to help provide them with the resources to expand their learning.
  • The deadline for youth to apply is by 5 p.m. on March 1, so there is still some time to get in their applications.
  • Selection is based on the student’s junior livestock experience at the fair, academic achievement, a 500-word essay describing career goals and how showing livestock helped achieve that goal, and a general resume with extracurricular activities.
  • Applications can be found online at