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New York State Association of Agricultural Fairs


New York State Showpeople’s Association

2016 Scholarship Winners:

Rebekah Allen
Genesee County Fair
Emily Ooms
Columbia County Fair
Ashley A. Gifford
Altamont Fair
Mikayla MacNeil
Cortland Fair
Robin Smithling
Ontario County Fair
Andre Bontrager
Wyoming County Fair
Brianna Getty
Washington County Fair
Britney Noto
Erie County Fair

 2017 Scholarship Application

The NYSAAF and NYSSA offer an annual scholarship program which is available to students who are New York State residents, who currently are (or have previously been) active in a fair that is a member of the NYSAAF or the NYSSA and who plan to attend (or already attend) college in pursuit of a degree.  The fair where you have been active or the NYSSA must endorse your application and will submit it for you.  Our website offers a complete list of our member fairs. 

New York State Association of Agricultural Fairs ApplicantsApplications submitted through the NYSAAF should be submitted to your local fair.  Applicants may submit only one application. 

 New York State Showpeople’s Association ApplicantsApplications submitted through the NYSSA should be submitted to:  Sarah McAndrew, Secretary NYSSA, 12 Point View Dr. Central Square,NY 13036.  Applicants may submit only one application. 


To provide financial assistance to those high school and college students who have been active in their local fairs and who intend to pursue or who are pursuing a degree.  Application is open to all applicants regardless of your field of study.  However, additional consideration may be given to those applicants pursuing a degree in a field related to agriculture, fair management or the outdoor amusement business.  All are encouraged to apply.


Up to ten $1,000 scholarships may be awarded. 


Applicant must be in his/her senior year of high school in New York State or be a New York State resident already attending college and planning to pursue or already pursuing a degree at an accredited institution of higher learning. 


Student must submit his/her complete application to the member fair or the NYSSA by the second Friday in April.


Applications will be judged on the following criteria:

Essay 15%
Citizenship & leadership 25%
Fair / Outdoor Amusement Business participation
Field of study (related to fields listed above) 5%
Presentation of application 15%
Academic achievements 10%
Total 100%

Make sure that you complete the entire application according to directions.  Return the completed application to your local fair or the NYSSA by the date indicated.  The Selection Committee is looking for well-rounded applicants and will base its decisions on a variety of criteria, including academics, community service and fair participation, as well as the overall appearance of your application.  The application has been formatted so that it must be completed online.  All applications must be on this form.  However, do not email it to us.  You must submit a hard copy of your application to an official of your sponsoring fair or to the NYSSA for endorsement.  You may add additional pages as necessary.  Handwritten applications will not be accepted.  Applications must be printed on plain stock white paper (such as 20 lb. paper). 

Helpful Documents:

General Information Sheet For School/College Guidance Counselors

General Information Sheet for Member Fairs and NYSSA


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