Friends of the California State Fair Scholarship Program Now Accepting Applications from California Students

SACRAMENTO, CA (February 22, 2010) – In periods of economic uncertainty it is often education programs, scholarships and grants for students that dry up, leaving some of the most promising students without support to cover college expenses. In anticipation of that trend, the Friends of the California State Fair have announced that it will continue its scholarship program for the 2010-2011 academic year. California college students and graduating high school students are eligible and must submit an application by Friday, March 12, 2010.

This year, 24 scholarships will be awarded in the following areas: arts, general studies, agriculture, international studies, teaching credential programs, fair management, business, sports management, history, viticulture, enology and culinary.

“In times like these it is even more important to maintain a support base for California ’s students,” said Friends of the California State Fair Executive Director Harry Moos. “The Friends of the California State Fair Scholarship Program is committed to offering more than $27,000 in aid to ensure that some of California ’s finest young people receive the financial support they deserve.”

Applicants will be evaluated on the basis of personal commitment, goals established for their chosen field, leadership potential and civic accomplishments. All applicants are also eligible for the Ironstone Concours d’ Elegance $5,000 outstanding candidate scholarship.

The Friends of the Fair Scholarship Program was initiated in 1993 and is a collaborative effort of the Friends of the California State Fair, the California Exposition & State Fair and the California State Fair Agricultural Advisory Council.

Scholarship applications can be found online at in the Competitions tab.

The 2010 California State Fair will be held from July 14 to August 1 at Cal Expo in Sacramento , Calif.


Erica Manuel, AGM

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