MICHIGAN STATE FAIR
The Michigan State Fair is committed to promoting and recognizing excellence in agricultural, and is pleased to announce the continuance of our successful Gold Ribbon Scholarship Program. Despite the challenges that 2020 has brought, the Michigan State Fair will continue to offer these scholarships this year to exhibitors in the Michigan State Fair 4-H & Youth Virtual Showcase: a new online partnership with Michigan State University Extension. This statewide showcase will provide a virtual platform for youth across Michigan to exhibit their work in all project areas and apply for up to $50,000 in scholarships. Any Michigan youth ages 5-19 is encouraged to participate in the virtual showcase.
It is the mission of the Michigan State Fair to promote and celebrate the positive achievements in Michigan Rural and Urban Agriculture, Business, and Industry. To fulfill that mission, we annually recognize and celebrate those youth participating in Rural and Urban Agriculture development by awarding $40,000 in scholarships; in 2020 we are proud to be awarding an additional $10,000 in 4-H Virtual Scholarships. We are able to award these dollars because of our amazing partners Michigan Foundation for Agriculture, Michigan Farm Bureau, ITC, The Detroit Shriners, The Kroger Company of Michigan, Guernsey Farms Dairy, and C.F. Burger Creamery.
Who is eligible to compete for a Scholarship?
Youth may apply for one or more scholarships, dependent on the entries they submit in the Michigan State Fair 4-H & Youth Virtual Showcase. Regardless of classes entered, any youth age 8-19 participating in the virtual showcase is eligible to apply for one of 10 $1,000. In addition, the following scholarships are also available to Animal/Livestock Exhibitors, Home Arts and Agriculture Exhibitors, and Urban Farming Youth exhibitors.
For the face to face Youth exhibitors, the ages and deadlines are slightly different. All youth in face to face exhibitions including Red Ribbon youth winners can enter and apply to the 2021 Michigan State Fair SCHOLARSHIPS until August 18th, 2021. Fair entries (with the exception of Red Ribbon winners) are due August 5th.
Home Arts and/or Agriculture Exhibitors in these areas will compete for Scholarships. Eligible to exhibitors eight (8) years of age and no older than twenty (20) years of age as of January 1 of the current year. .
Animal exhibitors at the Michigan State Fair in the Beef, Dairy, Sheep, Goat, Swine, Rabbits, Poultry, and Equine areas are eligible to compete for scholarship in each species.
Eligible to exhibitors eight (8) years of age and no older than twenty (20) years
Open to Michigan youth only.