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The Erie County Agricultural Society (ECAS) is accepting applications for scholarships for 2023. There will be $40,000 in monies awarded to deserving high school seniors and college students up to their junior year. Since its inception in the 1950s, the goal of the scholarship program has been to connect the region’s students with agriculture, business and volunteerism.
Scholarships are awarded based on general Erie County Fair participation, with additional money available for students specifically pursuing a degree in an agriculture-related field (those involved specifically in agricultural related activities).
•The Erie County Fair scholarships seeks 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.
Over the years, scholarship winners have participated in a variety of activities at the Erie County Fair, including performing in the marching band, assisting the media around the grounds, exhibiting in the creative arts building, showing livestock, volunteering and even working in a concession stand.
There are a limited number of scholarships that will be awarded. Eligible applicants do not have to attend a college in Erie County or be residents of New York state.
The 2023 scholarship applications are available online or at area high schools and colleges. The application postmark deadline is April 14. Questions should be directed to the 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. Visit www.ECFair.org.