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NYSSA & NYSAAF Scholarship

New York State Association of Agricultural Fairs
New York State Showpeople’s Association

Scholarship Application

 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 and who plan to attend (or already attend) college in pursuit of a degree in a field related to agriculture, fair management or the outdoor amusement business.  The fair where you have been active must endorse your application and will submit it for you.  Our website offers a complete list of our member fairs.

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To provide financial assistance to those high school and college students who have been active in their local Fairs or the NYSSA and who intend to pursue or who are pursuing higher education.

         Up to Ten (10) $1,000 scholarships to be awarded for 2020.

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.

Applications must be downloaded from the NYSAAF website,, completed by the student, printed out, signed by the applicant and a parent or guardian, and then submitted to one of our Member Fairs or to the NYSSA for endorsement. Contact information must include cell phone number. Handwritten applications will not be considered.  Students should be sure to contact their local fairs in advance to confirm membership in our organization and office hours.  A complete list of our members can be found on our website.

Selection Process
A selection committee will determine the year’s scholarship recipients.

Student to Member Fair by 2nd Friday in April

Member Fair to District Director by 3rd Friday in April

District Director to Executive Secretary by a date TBA

Executive Secretary to Committee Chairperson by a date TBA


Make sure that you complete the entire application according to directions.  Return it to your local fair by to the date indicated.  The selection committee is looking for well-rounded applicants and will base their decisions on a variety of criteria, including: academics, community service and fair participation, as well as the overall appearance of your application.  The application has been formatted so that you can complete it online.  However, do not email it to us.  You must submit a hard copy of your application to an official of your sponsoring fair for endorsement.  You may add additional pages as necessary.