Fair Seeks 2013 Scholarship Applicants

February 11, 2013




Fair Seeks 2013 Scholarship Applicants

Alaska Students Encouraged to Apply by April 15


Palmer, Alaska – The Alaska State Fair is currently accepting applications for its 2013 scholarships. All Alaska junior and senior high school students who plan to attend college or vocational school are eligible to apply. Applications should be mailed or hand delivered to the Alaska State Fair, 2075 Glenn Hwy., Palmer, Alaska 99645, and must be received by Monday, April 15, 2013 at 4 p.m.


This year, the Fair will award a total of $6,500 in scholarships, including $2,000 for first place, $1,500 for second place and $1,000 for third place. The Fair may also award up to four $500 honorable mention scholarships or increase the award amounts for the first, second or third place recipients. The recipients will be announced on or before May 1.


Students interested in applying for a 2013 scholarship must submit the following items by 4 p.m. on April 15:

  • Cover letter including student name, address, phone and email, school name and phone, counselor’s name, and the name of the college or vocational school the student plans to attend
  • Extracurricular resume including interests, clubs, community service and/or employment
  • Letter of recommendation
  • A photo that may be used for publicity purposes
  • Written essay (1,000 words or less) or creative project (audio, video, performance or visual arts, business plan, social media campaign, arts and crafts, photography, etc.)


Applicants should choose one of the following topics for the essay or creative project:

  • How should the Fair grow to serve all of Alaska?
  • How can the Fair showcase Alaska agriculture in future fairs?
  • How would you use a 12-foot by 12-foot booth space at the Fair to educate or entertain the public, raise awareness of issues, or sell goods or services?


The Fair continues to seek new ways to raise money for scholarships. In 2012, the Fair supported the Palmer Rotary’s first-ever Cabbage Classic Lottery, which gave fairgoers a chance to guess the weight of the winning cabbage in the Giant Cabbage Weigh-Off. The winner received half of the proceeds and the remainder was split between the Fair and Rotary.


Last year, the Fair awarded $7,500 to nine Alaska students. Recipients included Jasmine Masferrer of Wasilla, Austin Roberts of Fairbanks, Diloola A. Erickson of Galena, Elizabeth Wheatall of Anchorage, Eva Colberg of Palmer, Nathan Owens of Palmer, Devynn Maclure of Palmer, Haley Wangberg of Wasilla, and Amy Roy of Palmer.


For more information, visit www.alaskastatefair.org or contact Kelly Larson, Fair community relations, at (907) 746-7164 or marketing@alaskastatefair.org.