Washington State Fair Foundation Scholarship Programs Celebrate 25th Anniversary

State-wide scholarship program to begin this year

Puyallup, WA – Jan. 5, 2016 – The Washington State Fair Foundation has awarded $1+M in scholarships for students to pursue their dreams in the past 25 years, and this year the excitement is expanding statewide. Now called the Blue Ribbon Scholarship Program, the program has been revamped to give every student in Washington a Fair Chance.

The Washington State Fair Foundation’s scholarship program began in 199, awarding scholarships to Puyallup-area students.  The new Blue Ribbon Scholarship Program has expanded to include statewide recipients as well as offering a wide range of other scholarship opportunities.

Washington State Fair’s Blue Ribbon Scholarship Program includes:

  • Fair Chance Scholarships (14 awarded)
    • $3,000 each
    • Open to all students in Washington: graduating high school seniors,
       adult learners, current college students
    • Minimum GPA of 2.7 required
    • Must be employed, volunteering or participating in school-sponsored activity
      8 hrs/month, on average
  • Heritage Scholarships (5 awarded)
    • $3,000 each
    • Open to graduating seniors from Puyallup, Emerald Ridge, Rogers, Sumner and Bonney Lake high schools
    • Minimum GPA of 2.7 required
    • Must be employed, volunteering or participating in school-sponsored activity
       8 hrs/month, on average
  • College Access Program (CAP) Scholarships (2 awarded)
    • $2,500 each
    • One award each for participants in either MDC’s College Bound (Tacoma and Frankin Pierce School Districts) or TRiO Talent Search (Tacoma and Bethel School Districts)
  • Communities in Schools (1 awarded)
    • $2,500
    • Awarded to Student Citizen of the Year
  • Daffodil Queen’s Scholarship (1 awarded)
    • $5,000
    • Awarded to Daffodil Queen

For more details on the scholarship types and application process and deadlines, visit http://www.thefair.com/foundation/projects-and-programs/scholarships.

The Washington State Fair is one of the biggest fairs in the world, and the largest in the Pacific Northwest. It started in 1900 in Puyallup, and welcomes over one million guests to the single largest attended event in the state. Star-studded entertainment, the PRCA Rodeo, rides, exhibits, food, flowers and animals are mainstays of the 21-day event that kicks off the Friday of Labor Day weekend. For more info about the Sept. 2-25, 2016 Washington State Fair (closed Tuesdays), visit www.thefair.com.

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