Scholarship Programs

Blue Ribbon 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 $1,400,000 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.

Interested in supporting the Blue Ribbon Scholarship Program? Gifts made to Washington State Fair Foundation provide scholarships for college students, keep the Traveling Farm on the road, and allow for new projects to be funded, like Piglet Palace, Classic Coaster Park, and The Farm at SillyVille.

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Scholarship Programs

  • Online Applications

    Our scholarship system is currently closed.

    The below scholarships were available in 2019.

    For any Scholarship questions, please email kima@thefair.com.

    Students only need to submit one application for all our scholarships offered online. The application system will automatically apply students for the scholarships they qualify for. Click any of the scholarships above to see specific qualifications or apply directly at: https://thefairfoundation.awardspring.com.

    Scholarship applications were due February 19, 2019.

  • Heritage Scholarship

    The Heritage Scholarship is awarded to five graduating seniors: one each from Puyallup, Rogers, Emerald Ridge, Sumner and Bonney Lake High Schools. The $3,000 awards are payable over two years ($1,500 each year). All funds are paid directly to the recipient’s college or university to be used toward tuition or books.

    Criteria

    • PHS, RHS, ERHS, SHS or BLHS graduating senior with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.7
    • Attending an accredited two or four year college, university or trade/technical school
    • Currently working, volunteering or involved in a school-sponsored activity at least 8 hours per month, on average
    • Prior involvement with the Fair (4H, FFA, etc.) and financial need may be considered, though neither is a requirement
    • Most recent copy of transcript (unofficial)
    • Two letters of recommendation: one from a scholastic contact and one from an employer, volunteer contact, or advisor of school-sponsored activity. Letters written by relatives of the applicant are not allowed.

    Application

    Applications for this scholarship closed February 11, 2019. The Heritage Scholarship application is available online. By completing our online application we will automatically apply you for all online scholarships that you qualify for.

  • Anderson Criminal Justice Scholarship

    The Anderson Criminal Justice Scholarship is awarded to a student pursuing a career in the field of criminal justice. The $5,000 award is payable over two years ($2,500 per year). All funds are paid directly to the recipient’s college or university to be used toward tuition or books.

    Criteria

    • Washington resident: graduating seniors OR returning students/adult learners
    • Attending an accredited college or university (two or four year) in Washington; school must offer a Criminal Justice program
    • Preference will be given to students pursuing a career in law enforcement
    • For renewal, recipient must be a full-time student, continuing in the field of criminal justice
    • Cover letter
    • Unofficial transcripts (high school or most recent two years of schooling)
    • Two letters of recommendation: one from a scholastic contact and one from an employer, volunteer contact, or advisor of school-sponsored activity. Letters written by relatives of the applicant are not allowed.

    Application

    Applications for this scholarship closed February 11, 2019. The Anderson Criminal Justice Scholarship application is available online. By completing our online application we will automatically apply you for all online scholarships that you qualify for.

  • Anderson Veterinary School Scholarship

    The Anderson Veterinary School Scholarship is awarded to a student currently in his/her second year of veterinary school at WSU, specifically studying equine care. The $5,000 award is payable over two years ($2,500 per year). All funds are paid directly to WSU to be used toward tuition and books.

    Criteria

    • Entering 3rd year (Fall 2019) at WSU College of Veterinary Medicine, with an emphasis on equine care
    • For renewal, recipient must be a full-time student
    • Cover letter • Unofficial transcripts
    • Two letters of recommendation: one from a scholastic contact and one from an employer, volunteer contact, or advisor of school-sponsored activity. Letters written by relatives of the applicant are not allowed.

    Application

    Applications for this scholarship closed February 11, 2019. The Anderson Veterinary School Scholarship application is available online. By completing our online application we will automatically apply you for all online scholarships that you qualify for.

  • Bill Stoner Endowment Scholarship

    Four Bill Stoner Endowment Scholarships will be awarded to assist recipients in reaching their educational and career goals. The $1,250 awards are paid directly to the recipient’s college or university to be used toward tuition or books

    Criteria

    • Graduating senior from Puyallup, Rogers, Emerald Ridge, Walker, Sumner or Bonney Lake High School, OR homeschooled resident of Puyallup or Sumner OR adult learner attending Pierce College
    • Attending an accredited two or four year college or university (adult learners must be attending Pierce College)
    • Cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher
    • Demonstrated financial need
    • Most recent copy of transcript (unofficial)
    • Two letters of recommendation: one from a scholastic contact and one from an employer, volunteer contact, or advisor of school-sponsored activity. Letters written by relatives of the applicant are not allowed.

    Application

    Applications for this scholarship closed February 11, 2019. The Bill Stoner Endowment Scholarship application is available online. By completing our online application we will automatically apply you for all online scholarships that you qualify for.

  • Fred Oldfield Scholarship for the Arts

    The Fred Oldfield Scholarships for the Arts are awarded to six graduating seniors: one each from Puyallup High School, Rogers High School, Emerald Ridge High School, Sumner High School, Bonney Lake High School, and the Tacoma School of the Arts.

    The $1,000 awards are paid directly to the recipient’s college, university or school of the arts to be used toward tuition or books. These scholarships are funded by proceeds generated from the auction of an original Fred Oldfield painting during the Washington State Fair in September.

    Criteria

    • PHS, RHS, ERHS, SHS, BLHS or SOTA graduating senior with a minimum, cumulative GPA of 2.7
    • Demonstrated involvement in the study of the arts (ie: music, theater, art, etc.)
    • Intention to pursue a career in the arts
    • Financial need may be considered, though is not a requirement
    • Most recent copy of transcript (unofficial)
    • Two letters of recommendation: one from a scholastic contact and one from an employer, volunteer contact, or advisor of school-sponsored activity. Letters written by relatives of the applicant are not allowed.

    Application

    Applications for this scholarship closed February 11, 2019. The Fred Oldfield Scholarship for the Arts application is available online. By completing our online application we will automatically apply you for all online scholarships that you qualify for.

  • Wrangler Agriculture Education Scholarship

    The Wrangler Agriculture Education Scholarship is funded by the Washington State Fair Rodeo Wranglers to support students interested in pursuing a degree in an agriculture-related field or veterinary sciences. The $1,500 award is paid directly to the recipient’s college or university to be used toward tuition or books.

    Criteria

    • Senior graduating from high school in the Puyallup, Sumner, Orting, Bethel, Eatonville, White River or Enumclaw School District; attending an accredited two or four year college or university
    • Demonstrated interest in the field of agriculture or veterinary sciences, and an intention to pursue a career in one of these fields
    • Demonstrated financial need
    • Preference may be given to students who have participated in FFA or 4-H • Unofficial transcripts
    • Two letters of recommendation: one from a scholastic contact and one from an employer, volunteer contact, or advisor of school-sponsored activity. Letters written by relatives of the applicant are not allowed.

    Application

    Applications for this scholarship closed February 11, 2019. The Wrangler Agriculture Education Scholarship application is available online. By completing our online application we will automatically apply you for all online scholarships that you qualify for.

  • 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.

    Criteria

    • 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
    • Most recent copy of transcript (unofficial)
    • Two letters of recommendation: one from a scholastic contact and one from an employer, volunteer contact, or advisor of school-sponsored activity. Letters written by relatives of the applicant are not allowed.

    Application

    Applications for this scholarship closed February 11, 2019. The Tom Absher Memorial Scholarship application is available online. By completing our online application, we will automatically apply you for all scholarships that you qualify for. Please note that the Tom Absher Memorial Scholarship is contingent upon your acceptance to the University of Washington.

  • 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. Online registration will open in early March and will close on May 30.

    Korum Family Arts Scholarshp

    Held in conjunction with the Jr/Sr High School Art Show, this special competition is only open to high school juniors and seniors (2018-19 school year).

    Entries should showcase the uniqueness of Washington state - share what makes Washington special to you. One entry per student.

    Entries submitted to the Korum Family Arts Scholarship Competition are additional to the Jr/Sr High School Art Show and will be judged separately. The same piece may not be entered in both shows. Please do NOT frame your entry. We ask that all artwork is NO bigger than 20x20.

    A separate entry form is required in addition to regular online registration. Complete entry information, which contains links to the Korum Family Arts Scholarship info and form, will be available in early March; please check back here.

    2018 Show Winner

    "Well Worn" by Creston Peirce

  • 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.

  • Campbell-Montgomery Scholarship

    The Campbell‐Montgomery Scholarship is awarded to one graduating senior from Puyallup, Rogers or Emerald Ridge High School.

    The $1,000 award is paid directly to the recipient’s college or university to be used toward tuition or books. The Campbell‐ Montgomery Scholarship was created by Robert Campbell and Marna Montgomery Campbell in hopes to spur better writing, better communication and better thinking.

    To apply, complete the Standard Application Form and supplemental information in the Local Scholarships booklet provided by your high school (only available for Puyallup, Rogers, and Emerald Ridge High School).

    Please contact your school counselor for more information about the Local Scholarships booklet and application.

  • 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.

Contact The Foundation

Foundation Office Hours: Monday - Friday, 8am to 4:30pm

Address & Directions

Washington State Fair Foundation
110 9th Ave SW
Puyallup, WA 98371
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Enter through the Administration Office doors near the corner of 9th and Meridian.

Contacts

(253) 841-5120 or (253) 841-5065
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Holly Ball, Foundation Development Manager
hollyb@thefair.com

Kim Arnone, Foundation Coordinator
kima@thefair.com

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