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Youth in Agriculture Scholarship Now Available

The Missouri State Fair Foundation Youth in Agriculture scholarship applictation for high school seniors is now available. Applications must be postmarked by February 1, 2018. One $5,000 platinum scholarship, one $2,500 supreme scholarship, and thirty $1,500 scholarships will be awarded.

Youth in Agriculture Scholarships are funded through the generosity of Youth in Agriculture supporters and buyers of livestock sold during the annual Sale of Champions; the supporters and buyers list is available here. A portion of each animal’s sale price is allocated to the scholarship program. Additional support is also provided by GUESA USA/Dairy Queen/Steak ‘n Shake of Sedalia, the Missouri Department of Agriculture’s Annual Ag Golf Classic, proceeds from the Governor's Ham Breakfast Auction, and Sydenstricker John Deere of Missouri/Sydenstricker Angus Genetics .

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. Applicants must submit an original copy of their application and five additional copies.

For more information regarding scholarships, please contact: Wayne Yokley at 573-690-8987 or Sharon Topliff at 573-353-0543


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Youth in Agriculture

There is no better way to cultivate the future of agriculture than by investing in today's youth. The Missouri State Fair Foundation is dedicated to investing in the next generation of farmers, ranchers, and Agri-business leaders. This dedication is reflected in our Youth in Agriculture Committee ~ a group of volunteers from across the state who work tirelessly throughout the year to raise funds for the benefit of youth involved in agriculture. Since 1992, the Youth in Agriculture Committee has awarded 570 scholarships totaling $558,000.

Scholarships are primarily funded through the generosity of buyers at the annual Missouri State Fair Sale of Champions and individuals providing Hometown Support. A portion of each animal’s sale price is allocated to the scholarship program. The Missouri State Fair Foundation also supports the scholarship program through fundraising efforts at the annual Governor’s Ham Breakfast Auction. The Missouri Department of Agriculture hosts the Ag Golf Classic benefitting the Youth in Agriculture Scholarship Fund as well.

The Youth in Agriculture Committee celebrates all 4H & FFA exhibitors by hosting a special youth dance each year on the first Friday of the Fair. The youth dance is held in the Taylor Wood’s Youth Center on the Missouri State Fairgrounds.


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Youth in Agriculture Contribution

If you would like to make a contribution to the Youth in Agriculture Fund, please complete the form below.
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All donations are tax deductible.
Youth in AG Platinum
Youth in AG Gold
$1000 - $1,999
Youth in AG Silver
$500 - $999
Youth in AG Bronze
$250 - $499
Youth in AG - Other
$50 - $249
Youth in AG - Hometown Support Only

2017 Youth in Agriculture Scholarship Recipients

Recipient is Mattison Lenae Ishmael, of Gallatin, MO
Sponsored by Youth in Agriculture Supporters

Recipient is Allison Bertz, of Mayview, MO
Sponsored by Sydenstricker John Deere of Missouri/Sydenstricker Angus Genetics

The following youth have been selected to receive $1,500 scholarships:

Jackson Barry, of Canton
Hailee Beemer, of Maryville
Corbin Bell, of Higginsville
Abby Bertz, of Mayview
Emily Blaue, of Wellsville
Bailey Boland, of Sweet Springs
Ashton E. Brockman, of Brookfield
Makinley Brooks, of New Bloomfield
Austin Dotson, of Cameron
Grace Erickson, of Bolivar
Mariah Gach, of St. Joseph
Kiley A. Gibson, of Ridgeway
Shambree Hagan, of Princeton
Cheri Hamilton , of Republic
Caleb Hudson, of Middletown
Allison L. Jenkins, of Butler
Kade Matthew Marnin, of Mendon
Aaron Mott, of Rocheport
Kristina Nadler, of Wentzville
Kaylee Peel, of Chillicothe
Hannah Rockers, of Carthage
Jeb Schaefer, of Callao
Joslyn Seals, of Browning
Kamron Stephenson, of Milan
Abigail Turner, of Brookfield
Jacob E. Vaughn, of Sturgeon
Madison Walkup, of Gower
Davis Washburn, of King City
Sara Webb, of Unionville
Audrey Wilson, of Clever
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