Why do we need a Foundation?
What would happen if we didn’t invest in the future of Pennsylvania Agriculture? Do we have an adequate supply of young men and women interested and educated in agriculture? Will those young people stay in Pennsylvania? Have we provided enough support and encouragement to our youth to ensure that agriculture’s future remains vibrant and secure?
In Pennsylvania, those challenging questions have been anticipated and responded to through the charitable work of the Pennsylvania Farm Show Scholarship Foundation. A Pennsylvania 501(C)(3) charitable organization, the Foundation builds on the best traditions of the annual Farm Show, with a special focus on educational activities and scholarship support for eligible and worthy students demonstrating a commitment to Pennsylvania agriculture. The Foundation is managed by a Board of Directors; Board members are elected annually. The Board is composed of Foundation members, previous livestock buyers and those who serve as chairs of various committees.
When was the Foundation formed and who is eligible for scholarships?
The Foundation was established in 1993 through the vision and generous support of several key leaders in agriculture and three companies that contributed more than $11,000 toward scholarships. Current scholarship funding comes from Farm Show champion animal sales, corporate membership dues, individual contributions, proceeds from hotel and restaurant listings in our annual “Farm Show accommodations brochure,” buyer contributions from the Farm Show’s Junior Livestock Sale and the Foundation’s annual benefit dinner and auction. Since its founding, the Foundation has awarded nearly $888,250 in scholarships to 344 worthy 4-H and FFA youth.
And YOU are invited to help insure the future of Pennsylvania Agriculture by your generous contributions to the Foundation!
Student scholarship eligibility is determined in a straightforward manner: Anyone who exhibited a Farm Show junior market animal since 1993 and is enrolled in a post-secondary educational institution is eligible to apply for a scholarship.
Scholarship Application Forms:
Past Scholarship Recipients
How do I become a Foundation Member?
It’s simple and easy!
There are two types of memberships: Ambassador’s Club and Regular Membership.
The Ambassador’s Club is available for those individuals and corporations who wish to visibly demonstrate their support of agriculture and the Foundation. Annual membership dues start at $300/ individual and $500/ corporations/ businesses. Of course, you’re encouraged to contribute much more than those minimum levels!!!
Regular Membership is open to any person interested in supporting the mission of the Foundation. Annual membership dues are $30.
Both categories of membership are encouraged to attend all Foundation meetings, including Board of Directors meetings. All members are eligible to serve on the various committees that drive the work of the Foundation.
What’s my next step?
Simply fill out the membership form below and send it to the address listed on the form. You may also contact one of the Foundation board members listed below, and you’ll be on your way to Foundation membership!!
Membership Form (PDF)
Thank you for your support!!!
Tom Moyer, Vice Chair- 215.368.2500 x8448
Morgan Firestine, Special Event Chair- 717.304.9488
Farm Show Scholarship Foundation Breakfast
You are invited to attend the 14th annual Farm Show Scholarship Foundation breakfast to celebrate the outstanding 4-h and FFA youth that have received the 2013 farm show scholarship. This breakfast also honors sponsors and raises money for the farm show scholarship foundation.
Scholarship Breakfast Reservation Form (PDF)
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