Blue Ribbon
Scholarship Program

Scholarship Programs
The Washington State Fair Foundation is pleased to present over $100,000 in scholarship opportunities to students residing in Washington State this year. The Blue Ribbon Scholarship Program is made possible through the generosity of the Foundation’s donors. Since the inception of the program in 1991, over $1,000,000 in awards have been distributed and have provided a "fair chance" at a college education. As support of the program has grown, so have the opportunities for students. We are now pleased to offer scholarships to students statewide.
Please note that most of our 2016 opportunities had an application deadline of February 12 and are now closed. Those scholarships showing below are still available, should you meet the minimum criteria.
Scholarship offerings for 2017 will be posted in December of 2016.

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Korum Family Arts Scholarship Competition

The Korum Family Arts Scholarship Competition is intended to promote appreciation for the arts, to encourage young artists in the pursuit of their artistic and educational growth, and to showcase the uniqueness of Washington State.  Scholarships will be awarded to the top three finishers in the competition (first place - $2,500, second place - $1,500, third place - $1,000) and are paid directly to the recipient’s college or university to be used toward tuition or books within 24 months of award. The winning piece (1st place) will be retained by the Foundation and auctioned at the annual Washington State Fair Foundation Round Up Auction; it will not be returned to the student.  All proceeds from the sale of the winning art piece will fund the Washington State Fair Foundation scholarship program.

This is a special competition of the Washington State Fair Junior/Senior High School Art Show. Please refer to the 2016 prospectus for details.

Application & Summary

Tom Absher Memorial Scholarship

The Tom Absher Memorial Scholarship is awarded to one graduating senior who will be attending the University of Washington. The $2,000 award is paid directly to the recipient’s college or university to be used toward tuition or books. 


  • Graduating senior from Puyallup, Rogers, Emerald Ridge, Sumner or Cascade Christian High School
  • Accepted to and planning to attend the University of Washington, Seattle or Tacoma campus

Application & Summary

Communities in Schools of Puyallup
Student Citizen of the Year

Each year, CIS of Puyallup honors one local student who has demonstrated consistent concern for his/her community as part of the March Gladness initiative, has a track record of leadership and a minimum GPA of 3.0.  Student Citizens are nominated by staff and faculty of the Puyallup School District and final selection is made by the CIS Puyallup Board of Directors. The Washington State Fair Foundation funds a $2,500 scholarship to be awarded to the Student Citizen of the Year.

Daffodil Festival Queen's Scholarship

The Washington State Fair Foundation supports the Daffodil Festival by awarding a $5,000 scholarship to the Daffodil Queen. The award is announced at the Queen’s Coronation ceremony in the spring.


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