NC Asst. Commissioner Stewart: N.C. State Fair Youth Livestock Scholarships Awarded to 31 Students
N.C. State Fair Youth Scholarship recipients are announced, with 31 students from across the state receiving Scholarships.
We talk about the N.C. State Fair a lot each year on this program, but one of the programs I am most proud of is the State Fair Youth Scholarship program.
Any youth who participated in a junior market livestock or turkey show at the N.C. State Fair is eligible to apply for the scholarship to assist with education costs at a university or community college.
The scholarships are funded from a percentage of the total sales at the N.C.
State Fair Sale of Champions.
The number of scholarships awarded each year is based on qualified applicants and funds available from the previous year’s
Sale of Champions. This year because of strong support during the 2022 sale, 30 scholarships valued at $2,000 each were awarded.
One $2,500 scholarship, which was sponsored by Farm Credit Associations of North Carolina, was also awarded.
Scholarships went to students from 23 North Carolina counties from Buncombe in the west to Hyde in the east.
It is always interesting to see where students are attending school. A majority are attending N.C. State University — my alma mater, along with other in-state schools such as UNC-Greensboro, AB Tech Community College, University of
Mount Olive, Lees-McRae College, and Appalachian State University.
There are even a few students attending Oklahoma State University and one at Clemson University.
I am proud of all the students who received scholarships this year, and I hope many
others will be able to earn scholarships in the future through the continued support of buyers and sponsors.
These young people represent the future of North Carolina agriculture, and I know that future is bright.