The Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds Foundation Heritage Hog Scholarship is offered to a deserving college or other higher education bound student interested in raising a hog to be brought to the Santa Cruz County Fair and sold at the Junior Livestock Auction September 16, 2017. Proceeds from the auction, along with additional donations are used for various improvements to the Fairgrounds under the guidance of the Fairgrounds Foundation.

The Fairgrounds Foundation will provide the hog and feed and $2,000.00 to a student entering or currently attending college. This award will be allocated with verification of registration of full time classes.

ELIGIBILITY: Students and/or their legal guardian must live either in Santa Cruz County or within the Pajaro Valley Unified School District or the Aromas/San Juan Unified School District boundaries. The student must meet the eligibility requirements to exhibit in the Swine show of the Fair.

CRITERIA: Selection will be based on the student’s experience raising livestock, scholastic record, special activities, personal history, leadership skills, letters of recommendation, and ability to confidently represent their accomplishments and goals during an interview.

APPLICATION: Applications are available from the Fairgrounds Foundation web site or at the Fairgrounds office; 2601 East Lake Avenue, Watsonville, CA 95076 or by calling (831) 786-9698.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Postmarked or received at the Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds or Fairgrounds Foundation office no later than May 15, 2017. This includes letters of recommendation.

SELECTION: Applicants must be available to be interviewed by the scholarship selection committee at the fairgrounds at a time to be scheduled after the application deadline. Selection and availability of the hog to the winner will be approximately June 1.

AWARD: The recipient of this scholarship will receive their $1,000.00 award upon proof of enrollment in their college or other higher educational technical school. The award will be issued as a one-time payment.

2016 Heritage Hog
Scholarship Winner Yuritza Arciga

Watsonville Future Farmers of America member Yuritza Arciga has been awarded the 2016 Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds Foundation Heritage Hog Scholarship. A graduate of Watsonville High School, Yuritza is currently attending Cabrillo College in preparation to enter Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo where she plans to study Animal Science. She began raising livestock when she came to Watsonville as a freshman and joined the Watsonville FFA, never having been around livestock or any sort of agriculture while growing up in San Bernardino County. She has since raised four hogs and one lamb, exhibiting at Santa Cruz County Fair and the Salinas Valley Fair and has been involved in various FFA activities locally and at the state level.