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, Blue Diamond Growers and Western Fairs Association. This program seeks to motivate well-rounded, high academic achievers.

Multiple scholarships are awarded for 14 categories ranging from $1,000 – $2,500 each. Click here for a list of scholarships offered, eligibility requirements for the 2017-18 scholarship year and frequently asked questions. This year, 25 scholarships will be given out, each applicant is allowed to apply for ONE category.

Eligible applicants should follow the steps below to apply:
Create an account, or login if you already have an account
Get started here  (Program Key: FCSF)
Application Deadline: March 2, 2017
For questions about the application process:
Customer care (855)-670-ISTS (4787) or contactus@applyists.com 

Important Dates To Remember
April 13 – Finalists eligible for interviews will be notified by phone
April 19 – Scholarship recipients and non-winners will be notified by email
May 4 – Interviews conducted at Cal Expo
June 2017 – Friends of the California State Fair 24th Annual Gala
Month of July – College verification email sent to scholarship recipients
August 1 – Scholarship checks mailed

For questions, please contact scholarship@calexpo.com

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.

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.

“We’re committed to celebrating California’s best youth,” said Friends of the California State Fair Executive Director Harry Moos. “The Friends of the California State Fair are honored to provide a program that offers more than $46,000 annually to some of California’s finest young people. We appreciate the role our annual Gala has in providing much deserved financial support to several outstanding students.”