(DOSWELL, February 14, 2018)—Twelve youth who exhibited beef cattle, sheep, meat goats or swine in the 2017 State Fair of Virginia 4-H and FFA youth livestock program were awarded scholarships from the fair’s Applied Youth Livestock Scholarship Program. A total of $20,622 in scholarships was awarded, which was $4,387 more than last year. New this year was a $2,500 general scholarship for youth who took part in any 2017 State Fair competition.
Judging was based on applicants’ State Fair participation, as well as on leadership and community service activities and an essay. Applied Youth Livestock Scholarships were offered in three age groups: Juniors (9-12), Intermediate (13-15) and Seniors (16 and older). Funds allocated for the scholarships represent a portion of proceeds from the annual Black Tie & Boots Scholarship Gala, which was held Sept. 28, 2017, and the third annual Youth Livestock Sale of Champions benefit auction, held Oct. 7, 2017.
The winners are:
• Platinum: Sarah-Jane French of Cumberland County, $2,900
• Gold: Kaylee Greiner of Montgomery County, $2,150
• Silver: Tiffany Heishman of Shenandoah County, $1,450
• Bronze: Caleb Boden of Frederick County, $722
• Platinum: Ryan Borer of Botetourt County, $2,150
• Gold: Leah Greiner of Montgomery County, $1,650
• Silver: Chet Boden of Frederick County, $1,100
• Bronze: Sidnie Saville of Montgomery County, $550
• Platinum: Matthew Woolfolk of Louisa County, $2,150
• Gold: Marie-Claire des Rosiers of Shenandoah County, $1,650
• Silver: Sarah Craun of Rockingham County, $1,100
• Bronze: Thomas Lohr of Rockingham County, $550
• Sarah-Jane French of Cumberland County, $2,500
“The young people who earned these youth livestock scholarships represent Virginia agriculture’s future,” said M.L. Everett Jr., president and chairman of the State Fair board of directors. “We’re proud to invest in these winners and their futures, and we’re excited about the continued growth of the fair’s scholarship program.
“The Sale of Champions benefit auction has boosted our ability to encourage young agriculture and agribusiness participants, and we are grateful for the enthusiastic support of 2017 sale sponsors and buyers.”
Since 2013 the State Fair has awarded more than 1,000 scholarships and has dedicated more than $375,000 to youth education. The fair offers more than $70,000 each year in scholarship money through 4-H, FFA and vocational competitions and specific equine, fine arts and horticulture competitions.
The 2018 State Fair of Virginia will run from Sept. 28 through Oct. 7. Information is available at StateFairVa.org.
The State Fair is held each fall at its permanent home at The Meadow Event Park in Caroline County. The fair’s mission is to increase agricultural and natural resource awareness and interest through educational programs, exhibitions and competitions in a fun, family-friendly setting.
Contact Greg Hicks, vice president of communications, at 804-290-1139.