An early morning look at the Missouri State Fair midway.

The application deadline for Missouri State Fair Youth in Agriculture Scholarships is quickly approaching.  Fair Director Mark Wolfe says there’s a lot of money available for high school seniors who plan to major in agriculture at an accredited state college or university…

“Each year we give out one, we call, supreme scholarship which is sponsored by Sydenstricker John Deere, and it’s a $2500 scholarship.”  Wolfe says they will awards an additional thirty “$1000 scholarships through the Youth in Ag Committee and six $1000 scholarships through the Missouri State Fair Foundation. 

A total of 37 scholarships will be awarded to high school seniors. 

“A scholarship applicant needs to be planning to enroll in an accredited Missouri college or university; you have to be pursuing a degree in agriculture.”

Wolfe says applicants should also be active 4-H or FFA members.

“Although applicants will have to have participated at least once in the Missouri State Fair,” he says “they cannot have sold livestock in a past sale of champions.”

Applications are available online and should be submitted by February 1st.

The Missouri State Fair issued the following press release on the program:

(SEDALIA, Mo.) – The Feb. 1 deadline is approaching for high school seniors interested in applying for a Missouri State Fair Youth in Agriculture scholarship.  Thirty-six $1,000 scholarships and one supreme $2,500 scholarship will be awarded to qualified applicants pursuing higher education degrees in the field of agriculture.  The application form is available online at
“Scholarships will be awarded to youth who have participated at the annual Missouri State Fair,” said Wayne Yokley, Missouri State Fair Youth in Agriculture Committee Chairman. 
To be eligible, scholarship applicants must plan to enroll in an accredited Missouri college or university with the ambition to acquire a degree in agriculture.  Applicants must be high school seniors and active members of 4-H or FFA.  While the applicants must have participated at least once as a 4-H or FFA exhibitor at the Missouri State Fair, applicants cannot have sold livestock in any past Missouri State Fair Sale of Champions Auction.
The Missouri State Fair scholarships are funded through the generosity of the Missouri State Fair Foundation and Youth in Agriculture sponsors and buyers of livestock sold during the annual Sale of Champions Auction.  The names of the sponsors and buyers from the 2012 Auction, whose contributions make this program possible, are available on the Missouri State Fair’s website. 
For more information please call the Missouri State Fair at 1-800-422-FAIR (3247) or e-mail questions to