Scholarship Program

Scholarship Programs
The Washington State Fair Foundation is pleased to present scholarship opportunities to local students for continuing education. Scholarship awards are made possible through the generosity of the Foundation’s donors and Board of Directors, as well as the Washington State Fair and its Directors. Since the scholarship program’s inception in 1991, more than $810,000 has been awarded to students at colleges, universities and vocational/technical schools. In addition to the endowed scholarships set up by donor families, the program is primarily supported by an annual auction. The 16th annual Round Up Auction is scheduled for Friday, August 1, 2014. Please contact the Foundation office at 253-841-5105 for more information about joining us at the event and/or supporting the effort with the donation of an auction item.


2014 Scholarship Opportunities


Korum Family Arts Scholarship

Revised for 2014, three scholarships will be awarded in conjunction with the Jr/Sr High Art Show at the Washington State Fair in September. High school juniors who enter the show may opt into the scholarship competition at the time of entry. Please find additional information on the Jr/Sr High Art Show at thefair.com under Exhibit Entries . The scholarship awards for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners will be $2,500, $1,500 and $1,000, respectively. Online registration for all entries must be received no later than May 29, 2014.

Applications for all other 2014 scholarships have closed. Awards will be announced before the close of the school year. 

Please check back in December for the announcement of our 2015 applicaiton process and deadlines.

Washington State Fair Foundation Scholarship Awards


Four-Year Academic Scholarships

Each year, the Washington State Fair Foundation awards academic scholarships to students graduating from Puyallup, Rogers, Emerald Ridge, Sumner and Bonney Lake High Schools. The $5,000 awards, payable over two years, are made to students with a 3.5 or better GPA and take into consideration academic rigor, leadership, and involvement in extracurricular activities.  Students must maintain a 3.0 GPA in the first year of college to be eligible for second payment. 
 
New in 2014, 10 additional graduating seniors – one each from Bethel, Curtis, Eatonville, Fife, Franklin Pierce, Graham-Kapowsin, Orting, Spanaway Lake, Washington and White River High Schools – will be awarded a $1,000 academic scholarship. 
 
Applications are made through the respective schools’ counseling office; finalists will be selected by faculty and forwarded to the Foundation for final decision.


Absher Family Endowment Scholarship

The $2,000 Absher Family Endowment Scholarship will be awarded to one graduating senior from Puyallup, Rogers, Emerald Ridge, Sumner or Cascade Christian High School who will be continuing his/her education at the University of Washington. 
 

Anderson Criminal Justice Scholarship

The $5,000 Anderson Criminal Justice Scholarship is intended to assist the recipient in reaching his/her career goals in the field of criminal justice.  Eligible students include graduating seniors or adult learners (WA residents) who will be attending an in-state accredited institution offering a criminal justice program.  The award is payable over two years, as long as student is continuously enrolled in a criminal justice program.  Preference may be granted to students specifically interested in law enforcement careers.


Anderson Veterinary School Scholarship

The $5,000 Anderson Veterinary School Scholarship (payable over two years) is intended to assist veterinary students who have demonstrated an interest in equine care.  Eligible students are those entering the third year of WSU veterinary school and having an equine emphasis.


Bill Stoner Endowment Scholarship

The Bill Stoner Endowment Scholarships, intended to assist recipients in reaching their career goals, are awarded in the amount of $1,500 and one in the amount of $1,000 respectively.  Eligible students include those graduating from Puyallup, Rogers, Emerald Ridge, Sumner and Bonney Lake High Schools, and graduating homeschooled residents of Puyallup and Sumner.  Students must have a minimum GPA of 3.5 to qualify.  
 
Also eligible for the Bill Stoner Endowment Scholarships are adult learners who will attend Pierce College.


Campbell-Montgomery Endowment Scholarship

The Campbell/Montgomery Scholarship was created by Robert Campbell and Marna Montgomery Campbell in hopes to spur better writing, better communication and better thinking. Robert D. Campbell was a civic leader in Puyallup for more than 60 years, until his death in 2000. He founded the oldest law firm in town and served on many boards, both business and philanthropic, including the Western Washington Fair beginning in 1938 (aka Puyallup Fair, Washington State Fair). Marna Montgomery Campbell was a member of a well-known family in the valley and deeply involved in many of the area’s civic organizations. Her father, Robert Montgomery, was an essayist and founded the Puyallup Valley Tribune at the start of the 20th century.  His wife Agnes served as an editor and writer at the paper for years and was a poet as well as a painter. Eligible students for this scholarship are graduating seniors of genuine merit from Puyallup area high schools – Puyallup, Rogers or Emerald Ridge. The $1,000 scholarship is intended to assist the recipient in reaching his or her career goal. 

Applications can be made through the respective schools' counseling office; finalists will be forwarded to the Foundation for final decision.


College Access Program Scholarships

New in 2014. The College Access Program Scholarships (3) are awarded to graduating seniors who have participated in one of the following programs: College Bound, Talent Search or AVID. The one-time $2,500 awards are paid directly to the recipient’s college or university to be used toward tuition or books. Eligible students must meet all of the following criteria: be a graduating senior who participated, for at least two years at the junior high or high school level, in either MDC’s College Bound (Tacoma and Franklin Pierce School Districts) or TRiO Talent Search (Tacoma and Bethel School Districts) programs, or the Puyallup School District's AVID program; AND will attend either an accredited two or four year college or university in the fall. 

Applications can be made through the respective schools’counseling offices; finalists will be forwarded to the Foundation for final decision.
 

Communities in Schools of Puyallup
Student Citizen of the Year

Each year, CIS Puyallup honors one local student who has demonstrated consistent concern for his/her community and matched it with action. Students are nominated by staff and faculty of the Puyallup School District and final selection is made by the CIS Puyallup Board of Directors.  The Washington State Fair Foundation funds a $1,500 scholarship to be awarded to the Student Citizen of the Year at the spring CIS breakfast.


Daffodil Queen's Scholarship

The Washington State Fair Foundation supports the Daffodil Festival by awarding a $5,000 scholarship to the Daffodil Queen.  The award is announced at the Queen’s Coronation ceremony in the spring.


Fred Oldfield Scholarship for the Arts

Each year, during the Washington State Fair, celebrated western artist Fred Oldfield generously auctions off an original painting to fund $1,000 scholarships for students involved in the arts.  In 2014, 6 Fred Oldfield Scholarships for the Arts will be awarded – one each to graduating seniors from the Tacoma School of the Arts, and Puyallup, Rogers, Emerald Ridge, Sumner and Bonney Lake High Schools. 
 
Applications can be made through the respective schools’ counseling office; finalists will be forwarded to the Foundation for final decision.


Korum Family Arts Scholarship

Revised for 2014, three scholarships will be awarded in conjunction with the Jr/Sr High Art Show at the Washington State Fair in September. High school juniors who enter the show may opt into the scholarship competition at the time of entry.  Please find additional information on the Jr/Sr High Art Show at www.thefair.com/participate/exhibit-entries/.  The scholarship awards for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners will be $2,500, $1,500 and $1,000, respectively.


Local College Scholarships

The Washington State Fair Foundation also funds scholarships at three local colleges. A one-year, $2,500 scholarship is awarded to a full-time Pacific Lutheran University student engaged in Plant Sciences research. A $2,500 scholarship is awarded to a student enrolled in the Pierce College Veterinary Technician program. A $2,000 scholarship is given in support of Washington's wine industry.


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