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2024 Scholarship Animal Project

The Foundation’s Scholarship Animal Project is an annual scholarship program established to inspire, highlight the achievements of, and support local youth in pursuit of careers in agriculture.  Since 2013, the Foundation has awarded $60,000 in scholarships.  

View past recipients.

Sam McDonald was chosen from a large pool of applicants to raise and show the Foundation's Scholarship Animal at the 2024 Santa Barbara County Fair.  She is guaranteed to receive a scholarship package worth $5,500.


The Scholarship Animal will be auctioned following the Champions at the Junior Livestock Auction on Saturday, July 13, 2024.  Everyone has an opportunity to contribute.  How it works.


Proceeds from the Scholarship Animal support the Foundation’s mission to provide scholarships and educational opportunities for local youth in Ag and make capital improvements to the Fairpark.  The Scholarship Animal will be processed and donated to a local food bank.  

Sam McDonald

Vineyard 4-H and Righetti FFA

Sam has been raising sheep since she was 10 years old.  She recently completed her junior year at  Righetti HS at the top of her class with an impressive 4.7 GPA! She is concurrently enrolled at Allan Hancock College.  Upon graduating high school next year, she'll also have (3) associate degrees. Sam wants to pursue a degree in Animal Science from Cal Poly, SLO, and dreams of becoming a veterinarian.  

Outside of 4-H and FFA, her accomplishments include:

  • National Honor Society

  • ASTRA and Key Club

  • Raising and training puppies for Guide Dogs for the Blind 

  • JV Tennis


Please support this well deserving young lady!  Read her buyer letter.

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