Twenty-Six Students Receive N.C. State Fair Livestock Scholarship

For these twenty-six students, their participation in junior livestock shows at the N.C. State Fair is now aiding them in their higher educational pursuits.

Twenty-six high school students have received the 2021 N.C. State Fair Youth Livestock Scholarship. The scholarship is specifically for high school seniors or students currently enrolled in an institute of higher education who have participated in the junior livestock or market turkey shows at the N.C. State Fair.

Twenty-five of the scholarships were worth $1000, and the remaining one was worth $1500 and was paid for by Farm Credit of North Carolina.

Applicants were evaluated based on their involvement with N.C. State Fair junior livestock shows, academic achievement, extracurricular activities and an essay.

“As Agriculture Commissioner, I am proud to help cultivate the future of agriculture in our state through these scholarships,” Troxler said. “We are proud to have awarded over $300,000 in scholarships since starting this program in 2015.” 

The following is a list of the scholarship recipients by county, along with the university or community college they will be attending this fall:

Alamance 
– Madison Sifford, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University  

Caswell 
– Katherine Eastep, Blinn College 
 

Cleveland 
– Rex Howard, N.C. State University  


Guilford 
– Lakota Sockwell, N.C. State University  

Halifax 
– Zachary Keeter, N.C. State University  

Harnett 
– Mason Blinson, Oklahoma State University  

Henderson 
– Haley Hargus, Mars Hill University  

Iredell 
– Emily Holland, UNC-Greensboro 

Johnston 
– Tanner Bentley, UNC Chapel Hill or N.C. State University  
– Isabell Fricke, N.C. State University  
– Kadence Overby, Oklahoma State University  
– Mary Wood, Oklahoma State University  


Lincoln 
– Regan Mitchum, N.C. State University  


Randolph 
– Rylee Schofield, University of Mount Olive 

Rowan 
– Cynthia Connolly, N.C. State University  

Stanly 
– Marcie Harward, N.C. State University  
– Mattie Harward, N.C. State University  

Stokes 
– Lynae Bowman, Redlands Community College 
– Rachel Brown, University of Florida 
– Allison Hartman, Belmont Abbey or N.C. State University  

Swain 
– Abbegail King, Clemson University  

Wake 
– Mason Judy, N.C. State University  

Wayne 
– Taylor Glover, University of Mount Olive 

Wilson 
– Thaddeus Sharp, V, N.C. State University  
– Ethan Thompson, University of Georgia

The $1,500 Farm Credit Premium Scholarship winner was Tristen Fulton of Davidson who will be attending Iowa State University.

Congratulations to the scholarship recipients!

About Christa Dutton

Hey y'all! My name is Christa Dutton, aka Blue Ribbon. I'm a sophomore at Wake Forest University majoring in Communication with minors in Entrepreneurship and Journalism. Go deacs! I was born and raised in NC, and the State Fair is a beloved tradition of mine. I don't think I've ever missed a year of the fair. So you can imagine how excited I am to spend my summer working as a public relations intern for the State Fair! I can't wait to see you all at the fairgrounds this fall, but in the meantime, follow along with me here on Deep Fried!

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  1. Carvel Cheves

    Welcome aboard, Christa. I know this summer will be one for the books as the fairground gets “up and running” again, and our youth exhibitors have a more “normal” show season. Cannot wait! Carvel Cheves (NC State Fair Livestock Hall of Fame)

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