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SC State Fair in Oct. 2018. Forrest Clonts photo, provided by SC State Fair

The South Carolina State Fair is accepting applications for its 24th annual Ride of Your Life Scholarship program.

Upon reviewing applications, a panel will choose 50 high school seniors across the state to receive the $6,000 scholarships. The award will be paid out to each student at $1,500 a year over four years. Students pursuing two-year degrees will receive $1,500 per year over the two-year period.

The South Carolina State Fair Ride of Your Life Scholarship program awards $300,000 in scholarships each year.

“Education is the fair’s mission, and we feel strongly it is of utmost importance to continue our scholarship program this year, even though the pandemic greatly affected the SC State Fair in 2020,” said State Fair general manager, Nancy Smith. “We know that students will need extra funding for college more than ever.”

The scholarship funds must be used at a South Carolina university, college, or institution and may cover tuition or other educational expenses such as on-campus housing, a computer, or textbooks.

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

Applications must be completed online by March 15. Winners will be notified in May.

Recipients must retain a 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale and enroll in no less than 30 credit hours each academic year to receive funding for that year.

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

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