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Kutztown Fair Scholarship

The Kutztown Fair Association is proud to introduce the
winners of the 2016 Kutztown Fair Youth Scholarships
The recipients have a proven record of leadership, community service, and participation in the Kutztown Fair. These outstanding young people will continue their education with the assistance of a scholarship presented by the Kutztown Fair Association. Scholarship funds are made available from proceeds provided by the Kutztown Fair Association and the Ag Benefit Auction.

2016 Scholarship Award Recipients

Morgan Krick, daughter of Lynn and Sherry Krick, Hamburg, is a first-year student at Delaware Valley University. Her major is Agribusiness. She is the 4th generation to work on their family’s 203 dairy cattle farm. Growing up on a dairy farm in Windsor Township has developed in her a strong sense of responsibility and an admirable work ethic. She has been a youth member of the Virginville Grange for many years and involved in helping other young members with their projects. Morgan has also been a member of Northern Berks 4-H Dairy Club for 11 years, serving as a Dairy Council Representative for 6 years and the club treasurer for the last 4 years. Currently, she is president of the Berks County Junior Holstein Club and plans to run for another term. During high school, she was a member of the Ag Science Club at Hamburg. At Delaware Valley University, she is a member of the Dairy Society. She is also a Berks County Dairy Ambassador and 2016-2017 Reading Fair Alternate Queen. Over the past 11 years, Morgan has exhibited hay, straw, and dairy cattle at the Kutztown Fair. This past summer she worked as an intern at Crop Production Services in Pittstown, New Jersey. She hopes to work as a crop consultant after graduating from Delaware Valley University.

Laura Lesher, daughter of William and Lolly Lesher, Bernville, is a junior at the main campus of Penn State University. Her major is Animal Science. Laura grew up on a dairy farm that has been in her family for several generations. Her work experiences on the family farm and at their dairy retail store has developed a strong work ethic in Laura. Laura has been a member of the Western Berks 4-H Dairy Club since she was 8 years old and over the years, served as the president, vice president, and secretary. In 2014 she was selected as the outstanding 4-Her. Some of her other activities are president of the Junior Executive Committee of the PA Holstein association, National Young Distinguished Junior Member at Penn State, Sale Selection Committee of the Nittany Lion Fall Classic, and a member of the 2016 Penn State Dairy Judging Team. While competing in the state 4-H Dairy Judging Contest, Laura, by finishing 3rd in the state, helped her team win a trip to the World Dairy Expo. The PA team then won second place and moved on to compete in the International contest in Scotland. Apparently, Laura is quite good at judging dairy cattle. Laura has been showing at the Kutztown Fair since she was 5 years old. Over the years, she has exhibited pigs and many dairy cattle. After graduating from Penn State, she wants to work a few years in the dairy genetics industry and then return home to the family farm.

Criteria for Scholarship Applications

1. Eligibility is open to any youth who has been a Kutztown Fair participant for at least 2 consecutive years
(including the current year).

2. The applicant must be currently enrolled in a school of higher learning as of August 1 of the current year.

3. Scholarship amounts may vary from year to year depending on available funds.

4. Selection will be based upon the following criteria:
a. Citizenship
b. Showmanship and ethics
c. Academic performance
d. Fair participation
e. Volunteer fair activities
f. Other activities

See invitation to volunteer projects on bottom of page.)

5. The scholarship money must be used to help finance a two to four year higher education program.

6. The applicant must complete the application and write a one-page essay including information such as their
background, future plans, past and current activities, and planned use of scholarship funds.

7. The application deadline will be Sept. 30.

Scholarship applicants are encouraged to volunteer to assist with the fair activities and functions. We need announcers, show clerks, and people to help keep the barns and grounds clean. Contact an Ag Committee member to volunteer for any of these jobs.

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