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Annually, the Governor's Blue Ribbon Livestock Auction awards $40,000 in scholarships to Wisconsin State Fair livestock exhibitors. 

The Blue Ribbon Sale of Champions Foundation will offer $40,000 in scholarship awards in 2024:

  • One $3,000 scholarship

  • Two $2,500 scholarships

  • Seven $2,000 scholarships

  • Eighteen $1,000 scholarships


These scholarships recognize the achievements of Wisconsin State Fair Junior Livestock exhibitors and assist them with their educational expenses.


Eligibility Requirements:

  1. Individuals must be between the ages of 17-19 as of January 1st, 2024.

  2. Individuals must be a current or past junior livestock exhibitor who has exhibited beef, sheep, swine and/or market goats at the Wisconsin State Fair.

  3. Individuals must pursue a post high school education and be enrolled or planning to enroll in a University, Vocational/Technical School or University short course.

  4. Only one scholarship will be awarded per individual.


Scholarship Procedure:

  1. All applicants must complete and submit a Blue Ribbon Sale of Champions Foundation scholarship application online to be submitted no later than Friday, May 24, 2024.  The online application can be accessed at:

  2. 28 recipients will be chosen from the applications received by the scholarship committee.  The top 10 finalists will interview for the top awards.  These are one-time scholarships.

  3. Applications will be judged on the following basis: 

    1. State Fair participation

    2. Leadership activities

    3. Scholastic achievement

  4. Each of the top 10 finalists will be interviewed on Tuesday, August 6, 2024 to determine the top scholarship winners. Interview dates and times are subject to change based on Wisconsin State Fair schedule.

  5. The top candidates will receive the scholarships regardless of species exhibited.

  6. Winners will be recognized at the Governor’s Blue Ribbon Livestock Auction on Wednesday,  August 7th, 2024.

  7. The scholarship will be paid to students after receiving a copy of the class schedule for the 2024 fall semester.

  8. The Blue Ribbon Sale of Champions Foundation reserves the right to adjust scholarship distribution based on the number of qualified entries received.

For More Information Contact: Kristi Lange:, Ali Klatt: and Emma Wedig:

We suggest you use this word document to type your responses prior to submission. Online application form cannot be saved while in progress and must be completed at one time. 

2024 Scholarship Application 

College Intentions

State Fair Participation

Leadership Activities

Educational Background & Scholastic Achievement

Additional Information

Transcripts - Attach current transcripts of your grades.

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Recommendations - Letters of recommendation from two (2) individuals, arranged for by the applicant, should be attached. Letters must not be from immediate family members. 

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Applicant Picture - Upload a current picture of you either exhibiting your livestock project or working your livestock project. Photo upload is optional, and photo will be used by the Blue Ribbon Sale of Champions Foundation for social media. 

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Apply online and attached letters of recommendation and transcripts,

no later than 11:59 pm CST on Friday, May 24, 2024. 

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