The Friends of California State Fair Scholarship, awards California’s most promising students with academic grants each year. This year (2014), the Program will proudly award over $34,000 to youths all over the State of California who have a strong drive to pursue a higher education.
The Friends of the Fair Scholarship Program was first established in 1993. It is the result of a collaborative effort of the Friends of the California State Fair, the California Exposition & State Fair, and the California State Fair Agricultural Advisory Council.
Friends of California State Fair Award Information:
Amount: $500 -$5,000
Number of Awards: 25
Deadline: March 7
GPA: 3.0 or higher
Major: Varies depending on the award category
– Must be enrolled or is planning to enroll in a four-year accredited college or university, an accredited community college, or an accredited culinary arts trade school in California.
– Must be a current California resident with a valid ID.
Application Process and Requirements:
A completed application packet must include:
– Two current letters of recommendation. One must be from a professional educator on letterhead.
– An original and a copy of the following documents:
a. Official Friends of the California State Fair Application (http://www.bigfun.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/2014-Scholarship-Application.pdf)
b. A personal statement stating why you are pursing your chosen career and life goals; your current involvement in school and community activities such as volunteer services.
c. An additional Essay if you are applying for Award Categories 3, 4, & 11.
Applications forms and other requirements must be sent to:
Friends of the Fair
c/o Jacob Rowe
California State Fair
P.O. Box 15649
Sacramento, CA 95852
For hand deliveries:
1600 Exposition Blvd.
Sacramento, CA 95815
When completing the application form, applicants must ensure to indicate which grant category they are applying for. No more than two (2) applicants will be chosen from each category for the final interview which will be held in Sacramento, CA on May.
• Category I: This is grant is open to students who are planning to enroll in a four-year accredited educational institution in This is for those who are past participants in the California State Fair in competitive programs for youth. Total Money Awarded: $2,500
• Category II: This category is solely for students who are enrolled in an International Studies program (graduate or undergraduate). Total Money Awarded: $1,500
• Category III: For high school students who rate top 10 percent of the academic performance and are planning to go to a four-year accredited educational institution in the Fall. Total Money Awarded: $3,500
• Category IV: This academic grant is for those who are recognized as a “Sacramento Region Top Achiever”. A Sacramento Regional Top Achiever is defined as a student who rate top 5% for academic performance in any of the these counties – Sutter, Placer, Sacramento, El Dorado, Yolo, Calaveras, San Joaquin, Yuba, or Amador. Money Awarded: $1,500
• Category V: for students who are pursuing a course in Arts. Total Money Awarded: $1,500
• Category VI: for students who are enrolled in a Teacher Credential Program in an accredited educational facility. Re-entry professionals may also apply. Total Money Awarded: $1,500
• Category VII: students who are enrolled in Viticulture or Enology should apply for this category. This category is open for both graduates and undergraduates. Total Money Awarded: $1,500
• Category VIII: This category is for those who have chosen a career in Culinary Cooking or Hospitality Management. Those who are enrolled in a California culinary Specialty School or an accredited California Community College may apply. Total Money Awarded: $1,500.
• Category IX: Applicants, who have completed 12 units of credit coursework in the field of agriculture, whether they are undergraduates or graduates, may apply. Total Money Awarded: $1,500.
• Category X: High school students who plan to enroll in an accredited college or university as Agricultural students can apply for this. Total Money Awarded: $1,500
• Category XI: The Blue Diamond International Scholarship, which is one of the Fund’s major contributors, offers this grant to high school and college students who have an interest in International Studies. Total Money Awarded: $1,500
• Category XII: This category is open for students who are majoring in Business or Agricultural Business at a four-year college or university, or an accredited community college. Total Money Awarded: $1,500
• Category XIII: This is for current high school seniors who are planning to enter a Trade School Program. Total Money Awarded: $1,500
• Category XIV: This category is open to college freshmen who are attending a four-year college and are two generations of the owner’s or key staff members of a fair related business that has had a minimum of 5 years of membership in the Western Fair Association (WFA). Total Money Awarded: $2,500.
• Category XV: For students who are entering college and are either the children or grandchildren of members of the permanent staff of a WFA member fair for at least 5 years. Total Money Awarded: $2,500.