The Friends of the Dixon May Fair this year will award $15,000 in college scholarships to Solano County residents majoring in an agricultural-related field in a California college. Applications must be postmarked by 5 p.m. March 1.
The top applicant in the four-year category receives the Ester Armstrong Scholarship Award of $3000, and the second top applicant receives the JoAn Giannoni Scholarship Award of $2500. The top applicant in the two-year community college category will be awarded the $1500 Jack Hopkins Scholarship.
The Friends, the service-oriented and fundraising arm of the Dixon May Fair, raises funds from the sale of beverages at the four-day fair and donates the proceeds for exhibitor awards, building and grounds improvements, and college scholarships. Donnie Huffman of Vacaville heads the all-volunteer organization. Since its founding in 2000, the Friends have awarded $186,250 in scholarships.
Applicants are scored on personal, civic and academic experience; academic standing; personal commitment and established goals; leadership potential; civic accomplishments; chosen field in the areas of agriculture, announced scholarship chair Carrie Hamel. Most applicants have experience in 4-H, FFA or Grange, criteria desired not mandated. All applicants must be Solano County residents and must attend college in California, she emphasized.
Last year, in the four-year college category, three students received a total of $7500, and in the two-year community college category, the Friends awarded three students a total of $3750.
Last year’s winners:
--Jillian Raycraft of Dixon, student at California Polytechnic State University (Cal Poly), San Luis Obispo, the $3000 Ester Armstrong Scholarship, which memorializes a fair industry veteran who served as interim chief executive officer from 2006 to 2009
-- Mackenzie Davi of Dixon, a student at California State University, Chico, the $2500 JoAn Giannoni Award, which honors a longtime officer of the Friends of the Fair..
--Rebecca Luedke of Dixon, a student California State University, Chico, the $2000 award.
--Mikalya Hagan of Rio Vista, a student at Solano Community College, the Jack Hopkins Scholarship of $1,500, the top award in the two-year community college category.
--Halie Pringle of Vacaville, a student at Solano Community College, the $1250 award
.--Cameron Garlick of Dixon, a student at Butte Community, Oroville, the $1000 award.
More information on the scholarship application rules is available on the Friends of the Fair site at http://www.friendsofthefair.org. Applications must be on Friends of the Fair forms and include a personal essay and letters of support. They must be mailed to the Friends of the Fair, P.O. Box 242, Dixon, Calif. and postmarked by 5 p.m., March 1. For more information, contact Hamel at (707) 678-3186 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The scholarship committee, chaired by Hamel, also includes Tootie Huffman, Kathy Keatley Garvey and Linda Molina of Vacaville, and Marty Scrivens of Dixon. Huffman serves a treasurer of the all-volunteer Friends of the Fair, and Scrivens as secretary.