Missouri State Fair Awards Scholarships to 4-H and FFA Youth

Missouri State Fair Director Mark Wolfe announced Wednesday that 46 youth, selected from Missouri 4-H and FFA State Fair exhibitors, will be awarded scholarships by the Missouri State Fair and the Youth in Agriculture committee. These students are seeking higher education at a college of their choice and will be recognized on April 22nd during the annual State FFA Convention in Columbia. Scholarship applicants were evaluated in a variety of areas including Missouri State Fair participation, grade point average, community involvement and leadership roles. Since 1992, the Youth in Agriculture committee has awarded 761 scholarships totaling $875,000. Carlee Long, of Paris, has been selected to receive the $5,000 Wayne Yokley Platinum Scholarship offered by Youth in Agriculture supporters. Ethan Vanderwert of Columbia, and Seton Miller of Moberly were among those selected to receive the $2500 supreme scholarships offered by the Missouri State Fair Foundation. The youth chosen to receive $1500 scholarships, sponsored by Youth in Agriculture supporters, include:

Joselyn Alkire, Bevier
Amelia Denham, Mexico
Trace Greiman, Monroe City
Curtis Humphreys, Fulton
Clara Leamer, Chillicothe
Alaina Link, Moberly
Halley Marek, Salisbury
Adrianna Robinson, Wellsville
Allison Shipp, Keytesville
Anna Speichinger, Mendon
Annamarie Stone, Centralia
Liberty Stone, Sturgeon
Taylor Watts, Elsberry

The Youth in Agriculture committee is comprised of volunteers from across the state who work throughout the year to raise funds for the annual Sale of Champions auction and scholarships. This year’s auction will be held Saturday, August 20, in the Lowell Mohler Assembly Hall on the fairgrounds. The 120th Missouri State Fair will be held August 11th through the 21st in Sedalia. For more information about the year’s fair, visit www.mostatefair.com, follow the Missouri State Fair on Facebook and Twitter or call 1-800-422-FAIR.