Apply now for S.C. State Fair’s ‘Ride of Your Life’ scholarships

2017 marks 20th year of helping deserving South Carolinians pay for college

Need help to pay for college?

Each year, the South Carolina State Fair “Ride of Your Life” Scholarship Program awards a total of $300,000 in scholarships to high school students in South Carolina.

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This year, 50 scholarships of $6,000 each will be awarded to students across South Carolina, for a $1,500 scholarship per year over a four-year period. These funds must be used at a South Carolina university, college, or institution, and may cover tuition or other educational expenses like on-campus housing, a computer, or textbooks.

Scholarships are awarded based on academic and extracurricular achievement, communication skills, need, and completeness of the application.

“We created this program to support young adults with big dreams for the future,” stated State Fair General Manager Gary Goodman. “When patrons visit our annual fair to enjoy hand-crafted exhibits, novel foods, and thrilling rides, they’re supporting our mission to educate and empower the youth of South Carolina.”

Applications must be completed online at by March 15.

State Fair scholars will be notified in early May.

Prospective scholars or parents can get additional information by contacting Betsy Cooper at, or 803-799-3387, ext 110.

A list of last year’s “Ride of Your Life” Scholars can also be found online at