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2019 Scholarship Application




New York State Association of Agricultural Fairs
New York State Showpeople’s Association

 2019 Scholarship Application


The NYSAAF and NYSSA offer an annual scholarship program which is available to students who are New York State residents, who currently are (or have previously been) active in a fair that is a member of the NYSAAF or the NYSSA and who plan to attend (or already attend) college in pursuit of a degree.  The fair where you have been active or the NYSSA must endorse your application and will submit it for you.  Our website offers a complete list of our member fairs. 

New York State Association of Agricultural Fairs Applicants: Applications submitted through the NYSAAF should be submitted to your local fair.  Applicants may submit only one application. 

New York State Showpeople’s Association Applicants: Applications submitted through the NYSSA should be submitted to:  Sarah McAndrew, Secretary NYSSA, 7194 Rosewood Circle, North Syracuse, NY 13212.   Applicants may submit only one application. 

To provide financial assistance to those high school and college students who have been active in their local fairs and who intend to pursue or who are pursuing a degree.  Application is open to all applicants regardless of your field of study.  However, additional consideration may be given to those applicants pursuing a degree in a field related to agriculture, fair management or the outdoor amusement business.  All are encouraged to apply.

Up to ten $1,000 scholarships will be awarded for 2019.

Applicant must be in his/her senior year of high school in New York State or be a New York State resident already attending college and planning to pursue or already pursuing a degree at an accredited institution of higher learning. 

Student must submit his/her complete application to the member fair or the NYSSA by the second Friday in April.

Applications will be judged on the following criteria:
            Essay                                                                    15%
            Citizenship & leadership                                       25%
            Fair/Outdoor Amusement Business participation   30%
            Field of study (related to fields listed above)            5%
            Presentation of application                                   15%
            Academic achievements                                        10%
                        Total                                                          100%


Make sure that you complete the entire application according to directions.  Return the completed application to your local fair or the NYSSA by the date indicated.  The Selection Committee is looking for well-rounded applicants and will base its decisions on a variety of criteria, including academics, community service and fair participation, as well as the overall appearance of your application.  The application has been formatted so that it must be completed online.  All applications must be on this form.  However, do not email it to us.  You must submit a hard copy of your application to an official of your sponsoring fair or to the NYSSA for endorsement.  You may add additional pages as necessary.  Handwritten applications will not be accepted.  Applications must be printed on plain stock white paper (such as 20 lb. paper).

      Scholarship application

a. Completed online and then printed
b. Fair/NYSSA endorsement on the application

       Two letters of recommendation (will not be accepted without a date and a signature)

For high school seniors:  from Grade 9 through 1st semester of Grade 12
For college students:  from Grade 9 through Grade 12 AND college transcript through 1st semester of the current academic/school year

DOWNLOAD Scholarship Application 2019