SC State Fair calls for applications for annual scholarship awards

  • Friday, February 21, 2014

  • Updated Tuesday, February 25, 2014 11:57 am

COLUMBIA – Each year, the South Carolina State Fair “Ride of Your Life” Scholarship Program awards a total of $300,000 in scholarships to high school students in South Carolina. To be eligible for this year’s awards, prospective students must apply by March 14.

The program provides each of 50 selected student applicants with $1,500 per year for up to four years to be applied to post high school education or training at a South Carolina university, college or technical college.

“This goes to the very heart of our mission: educating South Carolina’s young adults, “ said State Fair General Manager Gary Goodman.

Scholarships are awarded based on applicants’ overall school performance and involvement, participation in extracurricular activities, communication skills and aptitude for completion of the application. Although it is not specifically a needs-based program, individual student need will be taken into consideration when applicable.

Any high school senior in South Carolina is eligible to apply to be a State Fair Scholar by visiting and clicking the link to the application. A completed application, official school transcripts, a current photograph and an essay on his or her South Carolina educational experience is required.

Fully completed applications must be postmarked by March 14, 2014. State Fair Scholars will be notified in early May. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Prospective scholars or parents can get additional information by contacting Betsy Cooper at or 803-799-3387, ext 10. A list of last year’s “Ride of Your Life” Scholars can also be found online at


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