The Missouri State Fair Youth in Agriculture scholarship application for Missouri High School seniors graduating in 2019 is now available.

The Missouri State Fair says applications should be submitted to the Missouri State Fair and must be postmarked by February 1. Applicants must submit an original copy of their application and five additional copies.

The scholarships are made possible by contributions of many individuals and companies. One $5,000 platinum scholarship sponsored by Youth in Agriculture supporters, one $2,500 supreme scholarship sponsored by Sydenstricker John Deere of Missouri/Sydenstricker Angus Genetics, and 40 $1,500 scholarships sponsored by Youth in Agriculture supporters are being offered.

Applicants must be high school seniors and active members of 4-H or FFA, and have participated at least once as a 4-H or FFA exhibitor at the Missouri State Fair. Selected students must enroll (fall and/or spring semester immediately following graduation from high school) in an accredited community college, college or university in the state of Missouri.

Applicants are not required to pursue a degree in agriculture, however, a 5 point bonus will be given to applicants pursuing a degree in agriculture during the selection process, according to the MSF.

Missouri State Fair scholarships are funded through the contributions of Youth in Agriculture sponsors and buyers of the livestock sold during the annual Sale of Champions. A portion of each animal’s sale price is allocated to the scholarship program.

Additional support is also provided by Guesa USA/Dairy Queen of Sedalia, Guesa USA/Steak ‘n Shake of Sedalia, the Missouri Department of Agriculture’s Annual Ag Golf Classic, the Missouri State Fair Foundation and the Saint Louis Science Center.

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