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?
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 $1,064,750 in scholarships to 395 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!