N.C. State Fair Youth Livestock Scholarships awarded to 31 students.

by | May 23, 2023

Summary: N.C. State Fair Youth Scholarship recipients are announced, with 31 students from across the state receiving Scholarships.

Today’s Topic with Southern Farm Network’s Mike Davis

  • 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.
  • We recognized some of these students last weekend at the Got to Be NC Festival.
  • I achese young people represent the future of North Carolina agriculture, and I know that future is bright.