In 2006, the State Fair of West Virginia created an endowment fund to ensure the long-term support of three key areas at the State Fair; Scholarships & Career Advancement Initiatives, Youth Educational Enrichment Programs as well as Agricultural & Competitive Exhibit Premiums.
The Endowment, in conjunction with key corporate sponsors and individuals support our Scholarship program which provides five, 4-year scholarships annually at $1,000 for each year that the student maintains their academic standards. For every year that we make an award, we commit $20,000 for that class of Scholarship recipients.
Enrichment programs for our Youth occur not only during the week of the Fair, but throughout the year via school based partnerships in education programs. These programs are designed to improve the appreciation for and understanding of agriculture through hands-on classroom activities. Our Youth are the Fairgoers and Board members of tomorrow and we aspire to provide opportunities in areas such as leadership growth and communication of the agriculture message.
Through the years, hundreds of West Virginians have participated in State Fair competitions. The thrill of victory and the sorrow of defeat are important life lessons. We believe that it’s imperative for tomorrow’s youth to have the same opportunities. For some, the defining moment was winning their first blue ribbon and for others it is spending their first prize winnings
Ways To Donate:
Donations can be made to the Greenbrier Valley Community Foundation – State Fair of WV Endowment Fund