Today’s Topic: First State Fair Youth Livestock Scholarships awarded

by | Jun 9, 2015


Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler sits down each week with Southern Farm Network’s Rhonda Garrison to discuss “Today’s Topic.”

Twenty-four North Carolina students are the first recipients of the N.C. State Fair Youth Livestock Scholarships. The scholarships are designed for high school seniors and students currently enrolled in a university or community college who have participated in the junior livestock or market turkey shows at the N.C. State Fair.

The scholarships were funded by sponsors of the annual N.C. State Fair Junior Livestock Sale of Champions. The number of scholarships awarded each year is based on qualified applicants and the amount of money available from the previous year’s Sale of Champions. Because of strong support of the 2014 sale, the State Fair was able to award 24 scholarships valued at $2,000 each this year.

The first class is made up of scholarship winners from 13 counties representing the Eastern, Western and Piedmont regions of the state. A selection committee evaluated applicants based on their involvement with N.C. State Fair junior livestock shows, academic achievement, extracurricular activities and an essay.

With continued support, Commissioner Troxler is hopeful that the scholarship program will grow in the future. The more support there is for the Sale of Champions, the more scholarships the State Fair will be able to offer.

For more information about sponsoring the Sale of Champions, contact the State Fair at 919-821-7400.

Click on the audio player below to listen to Commissioner Troxler and Rhonda discuss the State Fair Youth Livestock Scholarships.

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