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New York State Association of Agricultural Fairs


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2017 Scholarship Winners:

The seven recipients of a $1,000 Scholarship are:

Abigail Dennis – representing Delaware County Fair.  Attending SUNY Oneonta. Major in Fashion and Textiles.  Expected to graduate 2020.
Scholarship Winners
Claudia Drechsel – representing Orleans County Fair.  Attending Morrisville State College.  Major in Agricultural Business Development.
Scholarship Winners
Jaimee Frederick – representing Ontario County Fair.  Attending Alfred State with a transfer option to Cornell University.  Bachelors in Animal Science.
Scholarship Winners
Megan Jankowiak – representing Dutchess County Fair.  Attending  SUNY Geneseo.  Expected to graduate 2021.  Major in Business Management & Marketing
Scholarship Winners
Ashley Lyman – representing Allegany County Fair.  Attending Morrisville State College.  Expecting to graduate 2019.  Major Agricultural Science & Animal Science.
Scholarship Winners
Daniel Ripley – representing Cortland Jr. Fair.  Attending Morrisville State College.  Major in Animal Science.  Expected to graduate in 2021.
  Scholarship Winners
Victoria Shively – representing Ontario County Fair.  Attending SUNY Finger Lakes Community College.  Major in Registered Nursing.  Expected to graduate in 2020.

The recipient of the Fair Manager’s $500 Scholarship is:

Scholarship Winners
Camille Ledoux –
representing Lewis County Fair.  Applied to Cornell,
Clarkson & Nebraska-Lincoln.  Dual major in Biology
and Publie Health with a minor in Epidemiology.

 2018 Scholarship Application.... Click here to print

To provide financial assistance to those high school and college students who have been active in their local Fairs or the NYSSA and who intend to pursue or who are pursuing higher education.

         Up to seven (7) $1,000 scholarships to be awarded for 2018.

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.

Applications must be downloaded from the NYSAAF website,, completed by the student, printed out, signed by the applicant and a parent or guardian, and then submitted to one of our Member Fairs or to the NYSSA for endorsement. Contact information must include cell phone number. Handwritten applications will not be considered.  Students should be sure to contact their local fairs in advance to confirm membership in our organization and office hours.  A complete list of our members can be found on our website.

Selection Process
A selection committee will determine the year’s scholarship recipients.

Deadlines for applications are as follows:

Student to Member Fair by 2nd Friday in April
Member Fair to District Director by  3rd Friday in April
District Director to Executive Secretary by May 4, 2018
Executive Secretary to Committee Chairperson by May 11, 2018

Selection Committee
The Scholarship Selection Committee will be comprised of the immediate past president, the second past president and three members selected by the President at the annual convention of the New York State Association of Agricultural Fairs.  The three selected members shall be from different districts within the New York State Association of Agricultural Fairs, each serving a three-year term (one new member selected each year).  Chairperson position will be given to the selected committee member having one year of service remaining of the three-year term.

Committee Responsibilities
Selection Committee members will each be provided copies of all application documents.  They will rate each applicant and forward their ratings to the Scholarship Committee Chairperson on the forms provided.  The Chairperson will total all ballots and provide each member a copy of the individual and total results.  Recipients will be determined by the highest totals.  The decision of the Scholarship Committee will be final.

Chairperson Responsibilities
The Chairperson will provide each committee member with a Score Sheet for the tabulation.  S/he will transmit copies of all applications, secure the individual rankings and provide each member a copy of the combined rankings.  The Chairperson will advise the nominating fair and the appropriate District Director of a winning applicant.  The Chairperson will request checks from the Association Treasurer payable to the recipient and have checks forwarded to the respective individuals after their proof of completion of the Fall semester has been received.

2018 Chairperson: Jane Luskin
NYSAAF Scholarship Committee
349 Johnsonville Road,
Valley Falls, NY 12185

Selection Schedule

  1. Application packets will be available for all Member Fairs at the annual January convention with their convention envelopes.
  2. Applicants must download their application forms from the NYSAAF website,
  3. Member Fairs must submit applications to their respective District Directors who, along with NYSSA, will select 3 applications and send them to the Executive Secretary during the period prior to May 8, 2018.
  4. The Scholarship Committee will make its selections between May 15 and June 15 and advise the nominating fairs prior to July 1, 2018.
  5. Scholarship award letters will be mailed to the nominating fairs/NYSSA in enough time to allow presentation to be made during the annual fair or event.
  6. Scholarship checks will be mailed for use in the 2nd semester.  Checks will not be mailed until a transcript of the 1st semester has been received by the Committee Chairperson.

Each fair or NYSSA that has a scholarship winner will be asked to submit to the NYSAAF Executive Secretary a brief bio and photo of the winner.  These will appear in the NYSAAF newsletter.



Helpful Documents:

General Information Sheet For School/College Guidance Counselors

• General Information Sheet for Member Fairs and NYSSA


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