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2020 Scholarship Applications are due April 10, 2020!

Up to $25,000 in Scholarships Available!

For over 180 years, the Erie County Agricultural Society has had the privilege of impacting lives of the people in the WNY community. One way we have been able to give back is by providing the opportunity for young adults to receive one of our Scholarships.

The Erie County Fair and Erie County Agricultural Society offers two scholarship programs annually as part of an effort to foster education and success to students of the area. These scholarships will award students $25,000 again in 2020.

The application for both the Erie County Fair and Erie County Agricultural Society Scholarship are the same and you only have to submit one, even if you are applying for both.

The scholarship application is available to download below or can be picked up at local high schools and colleges.

If you have any questions regarding these scholarships, please email mlucero@ecfair.org.


The Erie County Fair Scholarship
Five $1,000 Scholarships will be awarded.
To be eligible for this scholarship you must:

The Erie County Agricultural Society Scholarship
Four $5,000 Scholarships will be awarded.
To be eligible for this scholarship you must:

  • These students must have participated in the Erie County Fair in some capacity in order to be eligible.
  • Participation includes but is not limited to employment, exhibition, volunteering, marching band, or other performances.
  • Be enrolling or enrolled in an accredited college or university. You or your school does not have to be located in New York State.
  • Limited to students who are pursuing an agriculture related career.
  • Must be able to describe how their field of study will help them in their agricultural endeavors.
  • Be enrolling or enrolled in an accredited college or university. You or your school does not have to be located in New York State.
    Note that you may be asked to participate in an interview by the committee.
Complete the Scholarship Application. Remember to print and sign all necessary pages.
Applications must be postmarked by April 10, 2020




New York Association of Agricultural Fairs and New York State Showpeople's Association Scholarship

To be eligible for this scholarship you must:

  • Be a New York State resident
  • Be enrolling or enrolled in an accredited college or university. Your school does not have to be located in New York State.
  • Have participated in a NYSAAF member fair (Erie County Fair is a member fair)
  • Note: Special consideration is given to Fair participants who are pursuing a career in agriculture, fair management, or the outdoor amusement business. However, all are encouraged to apply.
  • Find out more information here



2019 Scholarship Winners

The Erie County Agricultural Society, Erie County Fair and Hamburg Gaming have awarded scholarships to deserving high school seniors and college students (through their junior year).

Erie County Fair and Hamburg Gaming Scholarship
Scholarships were open to any student who participates in any of the Erie County Fair departments, activities, or operations. Direct involvement was required.

While students pursuing a career in agriculture were encouraged to apply, scholarships were NOT limited to this career choice.

2019 Erie County Fair/Hamburg Gaming Scholarship Winners are as follows:
Claire Ermer - Tonawanda, NY
Anna Jegierski - Alden, NY
Rachel McNamara - East Aurora, NY
Marie Nercessian - Hamburg, NY
Margaret McGuire - Buffalo, NY

Erie County Agricultural Society Scholarship
The Erie County Agricultural Society awarded scholarships to students who are pursuing a career in agriculture or ag-related fields.

Students must be enrolled in an accredited university for Fall 2019 and must be able to explain how their course of study will help them to achieve a career in agriculture.

The scholarships sought individuals who are working parallel to the Erie County Agricultural Society's mission statement, "to preserve and enhance the agricultural and historical legacy of New York State."

Please note: Students did not have to attend a college in New York State to apply.

2019 Erie County Agricultural Society Scholarship Winners are as follows:
Morgan DePue - Hamburg, NY
Miriam Hoelscher - Eden, NY
Emily Boldt - Stafford, NY
Emily Mikel, Stafford, NY
Emily Starceski - Sherman, NY
Chase Gerhardt, East Aurora, NY
Bryanna Warner - Fewsburg, NY

Fred E & Anne R Sparling Memorial
Agricultural Scholarship
A scholarship developed by Mr and Mrs Fred and Anne Sparling with support from Richard Campbell, their attorney and advisor. Mr and Mrs Sparling loved the life and lifestyle of the farming operation and the Akron community. They particularly enjoyed the camaraderie of "farm folks" who were always trying to help one another, often worked hard together and shared good times. They had no children of their own to carry on their farming venture. This scholarship was set up under the perpetual control of the Erie County Agricultural Society with the stipulation and mandate that a suitable award be made to an Akron School Senior who is going on to some endeavor in education in agricultural related pursuits.

2019 Fred E & Anne R Sparling Memorial Agricultural Scholarship Winners are as follows:
Hayley Roehling
Lilyanna Berghorn
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