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 Exposition and State Fair, the California State Fair Agricultural Advisory Council, the Ironstone Concours Foundation, and Blue Diamond Growers. This program seeks to motivate well-rounded, high academic achievers. This year, twenty-three students have been awarded $46,000 for scholarships for the 2021-22 academic year. These students represent twenty-three California cities.

The Ironstone Concours Foundation/Friends of the California State Fair provides $5,000
to be awarded to one outstanding candidate. In 2021, we recognize the recipient of the
Ironstone Concours Foundation/ Friends of the California State Fair Scholarship Paola
Alexandra Corzo.

In Fall 2021, Paola will be a second-year graduate student in the San Francisco State University College of Education. She will be getting a bilingual elementary education credential. Her goal is to be a better educator for the students in the bilingual learning center she opened in the fall of 2018.

Knowing how the support of her AP Spanish teacher gave her strength and courage to meet her educational goals in high school, in 2018, Paola opened a bilingual learning center in Pleasanton. Since her bachelor’s degree was not in education, she has returned to school for her teaching credential.

Paola says, “Becoming a teacher brings a feeling of fulfillment and accomplishment. Now I am active member of my community. My job now is to inspire and help grown future minds.”

Portrait of Corzo Paola

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.