Friends of the Dixon May Fair will award $12,500 in college scholarships this year to seven students majoring in agriculture or an ag-related field. Last year Julia Gamaza (far left) received the top award, the $3000 Ester Armstrong Memorial College Scholarship Award. With her, from left, are Tom Armstrong of Rockville, husband of the late Ester Armstrong; JoAnn Giannoni of Dixon, scholarship chair and secretary of the Friends; and Donnie Huffman of Vacaville, president of the Friends. (Courtesy photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)

Solano County

Scholarship money available for ag students

By From page A3 | January 29, 2013

FAIRFIELD — The Friends of the Dixon May Fair will award $12,500 in college scholarships to seven Solano County students majoring in agriculture or an agricultural-related field.

The deadline to apply for the scholarships is 5 p.m. March 1.

Over the past 11 years, the organization has awarded more than $100,000 in college scholarships to Solano County students pursuing an agricultural-related career.

The top student in the four-year college category will receive the $3,000 Ester Armstrong Memorial Scholarship, memorializing the former Dixon May Fair chief executive officer. Three other scholarships, at $2,000 each, will be given in the four-year college category. For two-year college students, the awards are the Jack Hopkins Memorial Scholarship of $1,500 and two scholarships at $1,000 each.

The Friends of the Dixon May Fair, an all-volunteer group headed by Donnie Huffman of Vacaville, is the fundraising arm of the Dixon May Fair and raises money through the sale of beverages.

Only Solano County residents who plan a career in agriculture of an agricultural-related field are eligible to apply. They must be enrolled in or accepted for enrollment in a four-year accredited college or university or an accredited community college located in California.

Recipients are selected on their personal, civic and academic experience, academic standing, personal commitment and goals, leadership potential, civic accomplishments, and agricultural interests. Desired but not mandatory is 4-H, FFA or Grange experience.

Applicants must have a minimum grade point average or 2.0 or be a student in good standing. They are to include a copy of their transcript (cumulative and current), along with two letters of recommendation. One letter must be from a professional educator.

Other eligibility criteria is on the Friends of the Dixon May Fair website at www.friendsofthefair.org/scholarship.php.  Completed application packets should be mailed to the Scholarship Committee, Friends of the Fair Scholarship Committee, P.O. Box 242, Dixon, CA 95620.

Recipients will be notified by mail after April 15 and will be announced at the Dixon May Fair. For more information, call 678-5618 or 448-0130.

Reach Amy Maginnis-Honey at 427-6957 or [email protected]. Follow her on Twitter at www.twitter.com/amaginnisdr.

Amy Maginnis-Honey

Amy Maginnis-Honey

Amy Maginnis-Honey joined the staff of the Daily Republic in 1980. She’ll tell you she was only 3 at the time. Over the past three decades she’s done a variety of jobs in the newsroom. Today, she covers arts and entertainment and writes for the Living and news pages.

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