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

The MO State Fair says that applications should be submitted to the Missouri State Fair and must be postmarked by Feb. 1, 2019. Applicants must also submit an original copy of their application and five additional copies.

These scholarships are made possible from contributions by 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 forty $1,500 scholarships sponsored by Youth in Agriculture supporters are being offered.

A press release from the MO State Fair indicates that 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. Eligible scholarship applicants must plan to enroll in an accredited Missouri community college or a four-year-college or university in the fall/spring semester immediately following graduation from high school. Applicants are not required to pursue a degree in agriculture, however, a five point bonus will be given to applicants pursuing a degree in agriculture during the selection process, according to the press release.

Missouri State Fair scholarships are funded through the Youth in Agriculture sponsors and buyers of the livestock that is 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.

For more information about the scholarships, visit mostatefair.com.

Kurt Parsons