RALEIGH, N.C. – Thirty North Carolina students have been named recipients of 2019 N.C. State Fair Youth Livestock Scholarships, Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler announced.
The scholarships are designed for high school seniors and students currently enrolled in an institute of higher education who have participated in the junior livestock or market turkey shows at the N.C. State Fair.
The scholarships were funded by sponsors of the annual N.C. State Fair Junior Livestock Sale of Champions. The number of scholarships awarded each year is based on qualified applicants and funds available from the previous year’s Sale of Champions. Because of strong support of the 2018 sale, 28 scholarships valued at $2,000 each were awarded this year. Two $3,500 scholarships were also offered and paid for by Farm Credit of North Carolina.
“As Agriculture Commissioner, I am proud to represent agriculture and agribusiness. Part of that responsibility is to help cultivate the future of agriculture in our state,” Troxler said. “We are proud to have awarded nearly $285,000 in scholarships since starting this program in 2015.”
A selection committee evaluated applicants based on their involvement with N.C. State Fair junior livestock shows, academic achievement, extracurricular activities and an essay. Each application was assigned a number and identifying information was removed before evaluation.
Following is a list of the scholarship recipients by county, along with the university or community college they will attend this fall. All scholarships are for $2,000 unless otherwise noted:
- Nelson Brooks, Graham, North Carolina A&T State University
- Tucker Worley, Leicester, N.C. State University
- Jordan McAninch, Leicester, Appalachian State University
- Reagan Glass, Belhaven, Beaufort County Community College
- Madison Boyd, Pinetown, Oklahoma State University
- Lawton Looper, Granite Falls, N.C. State University
- John Richard Faatz, Hope Mills, N.C. State University
- Abby Fulton, Lexington, University of North Carolina at Greensboro
- Tristen Fulton, Lexington, Iowa State University — $3,500 premier scholarship
- Joey Moore, Youngsville, N.C. State University
- Melanie Fishel, Kernersville, N.C. State University
- Cara Smith, Pleasant Garden, Western Carolina University
- Mason Blinson, Buies Creek, Oklahoma State University
- Emily Holland, Olin, N.C. State University
- Kelsey Bentley, Kenly, West Virginia University
- Cecilia Fricke, Middlesex, East Carolina University
- Jordan Cox-O’Neill, Willow Spring, N.C. State University
- Makensie Mohrfeld, Pink Hill, N.C. State University
- Regan Mitchem, Vale, N.C. State University — $3,500 premier scholarship
- Caley Mayo, Whitakers, N.C. State University
- Laura LeGlue, Asheboro, Randolph Community College
- Megan Lawing, Bostic, Gardner-Webb University
- Lauren Murray, Bostic, Isothermal Community College
- Wyatt Kendall, Magnolia, N.C. State University
- Rachel Brown, Raleigh, N.C. State University
- Allison Hartman, Walnut Cove, Belmont Abbey College
- Kali Mabe, Sandy Ridge, Connors State College
- Taylor Glover, Pikeville, Wayne Community College
- Ethan Thompson, Kenly, N.C. State University
- Leah Thomas, East Bend, Western Carolina University
The application for the 2020 scholarship class will be posted online at ncstatefair.org in early January 2020. The deadline to apply is March 1, 2020.
For more information on how individuals and organizations can support the 2019 Junior Livestock Sale of Champions or the scholarship program, contact Neil Bowman, director of N.C. State Fair livestock shows, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 919-270-7094; or Angie Crone, sponsorship director, at email@example.com or 919-839-4514.
–Neil Bowman, N.C. State Fair