Scholarships

Ulster County Agricultural Society Erica Bell Memorial Scholarship

Download the Erica Bell Memorial Scholarship 2024 Form

Erica Renee Bell (1993-2010) was a lifetime member of 4-H where she won several awards and was involved in many community projects. She attended the Ulster County Fair each year to have the opportunity to showcase her livestock. She participated in the 4-H Livestock Auction selling her prize-winning turkeys. Erica was very determined and maintained a positive outlook on life despite her battle with cancer.

Two $1000 scholarships are open to any student who participates in any of the Ulster County Fair departments, activities, or operations. Applicants are NOT limited to Ulster County residents.

Seniors in high school and college students throughout their junior year are eligible to apply. Scholarships will be awarded during the Ulster County Fair opening ceremony.

To qualify for a scholarship from the Ulster County Agricultural Society, students must be enrolling or already enrolled in an accredited college or university pursuing studies in any, but not limited to the following fields: Agriculture, Agriculture Business, Business/Liberal Arts, Ecology and Environmental Technology, Family&Consumer Sciences, Flora-culture, Home Economics/Industrial Arts, Horticulture, Forestry & Natural Resources or Veterinary Medicine and Veterinary Technology.

NYSAAF Scholarship

2023 Scholarship Application available | More info at NY Fairs website

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. The website www.nyfairs.org offers a complete list of our member fairs.

New York State Association of Agricultural Fairs Applicants: Applications submitted through the NYSAAF should be submitted to your local fair that you participate in. Applicants may submit only one application.

New York State Showpeople’s Association Applicants: Applications submitted through the NYSSA should be submitted to: Sarah McAndrew, Secretary NYSSA, 7194 Rosewood Circle, North Syracuse, NY 13212. Applicants may submit only one application.

Purpose
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.

Awards
Up to ten $1,500 scholarships will be awarded for 2024.

Eligibility
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.

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