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Erie County Agricultural Society to award cash scholarships

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Wed, Mar 20th 2019 11:25 am

The Erie County Agricultural Society will present up to $20,000 in scholarship opportunities to students who participate in the Erie County Fair. Scholarships are awarded based on general County Fair participation and those involved in agricultural-related activities.

Since its inception in the 1950s, the scholarship program has strived to connect the region’s students with agriculture, business and volunteerism. Two scholarship categories are available.

The Erie County Fair scholarships seek students who are enrolled or enrolling in a college or university. These students must have participated in the Erie County Fair in some capacity in order to be eligible. Participation includes, but is not limited to, employment, exhibition, volunteering, marching band or other performances.

The Erie County Agricultural Society Scholarship is limited to students who are pursuing an agriculture-related career. Students must be enrolled or enrolling in a college or university and must be able to describe how their field of study will help them in their agricultural endeavors. Applicants must show participation in the Erie County Fair or Erie County Agricultural Society-sponsored activities.

Eligible applicants do not have to attend a college in Erie County or be New York residents.

The 2019 scholarship applications are available online (ecfair.org) or at area high schools and colleges. The application postmark deadline is April 12. Questions regarding the scholarship program should be directed to the Erie County Agricultural Society’s Maria Lucero at 716-649-3900, ext. 6413.

The Erie County Agricultural Society is a private, not-for-profit membership organization. Established in 1819, the society is the oldest civic organization in Western New York. The mission of the Erie County Agricultural Society, sponsors of the Erie County Fair, is to preserve and enhance, by educational endeavors, the agricultural and historical legacy of New York. The County Fair strives to fulfill appropriate aspects of the agricultural, educational, entertainment and recreational needs of Western New York.

The 2019 Erie County Fair will be held Aug. 7-18. Visit www.ECFair.org.

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