Friends of the California State Fair Scholarship Program

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Presented by Friends of the California State Fair

The Friends of the California State Fair Scholarship Program is a collaborative effort between the Friends of the California State Fair, the California Agricultural Advisory Council, and the State Fair Gala Committee.

2022-2023 Scholarship Information

  • Application Open: December 12, 2022
  • Application Close: March 2, 2023

2022 Scholarship Overall Winner

This year, twenty-one students have been awarded $44,000 for scholarships for the 2022-23 academic year.  These students represent nineteen California cities.

The Ironstone Concours Foundation/Friends of the California State Fair provides $5,000 to be awarded to one outstanding candidate. In 2022, we recognize the recipient of the Ironstone Concours Foundation/ Friends of the California State Fair Scholarship Kevin Cooper.

In Fall 2022, Kevin will be a senior at California State University, Long Beach, in the Hospitality Management program. After 12 years in the hospitality industry, he entered the Hospitality Management program at CSULB.

Kevin has a passion for supporting his community through volunteer work as well as working with local nonprofits. He is also involved in the culinary arts department of his church, providing meals for staff, volunteers, and underserved communities.

Kevin says, “It has been my experience that continuously seeking knowledge is the driving force to me succeeding in college. I believe that it is my time to contribute to the industry by solving current issues and integrating new innovative ideas to sustain within its constant growth.”

2022 scholarship winner

Congratulations, Kevin!

History of the Gala and Scholarship Program

 

The Friends of the California State Fair Scholarship Program was initiated in 1993 as a collaborative effort of the Friends of the California State Fair, the California Exposition & State Fair and the California State Fair Agricultural Advisory Council.

The Gala dinner sponsors, ticket buyers, and our live and silent auction sponsors provide a majority of the funding for the scholarships.

Gala Scholarship Winner

2019 Scholarship Winner Katherine Brafford

Gala Scholarship Winners

2019 Scholarship Winners

Each year, the Friends of the California State Fair Student Scholarships help our state’s most promising students achieve their goals and realize their dreams by granting scholarships to a broad range of academic studies.

They are presented to college students and graduating high school seniors who exhibit academic excellence, leadership potential, civic accomplishments, and a strong sense of personal commitment to continuing their education.