You’ll want to donate to the Heritage Hog Scholarship Program!

It is an annual program promoted by the Foundation in which the winning applicant receives a $2,000 scholarship for raising a hog for auction at the Santa Cruz County Fair. All remaining funds after the $2,000 are used for fairgrounds maintenance projects. It is a fun, easy way to support educating our youth about raising livestock while also helping your Fairgrounds.
This year’s Heritage Hog Scholar is Jacob Dixon, a recent graduate of Watsonville High School who will be attending Cal-Poly San Luis Obispo this fall. Interested youth may apply for the Heritage Hog Scholarship in April 2019 on this website.

The Heritage Hog was donated by Country Hills Feed and the feed, supplements and dietary experience to help Jacob raise the hog are donated by Corralitos Feed.
Click here to donate to this year’s Heritage Hog Program.

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. 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 for 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 DEADLINE: Postmarked or received at Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds or Fairgrounds Foundation Office (P.O. Box 1806 Freedom CA 95019) no later than May 16, 2018.  This includes letters of recommendation.

SELECTION: Applicants must be available to be interviewed by the scholarship selection committee at the fairgrounds the week of May 21, 2018.  Selection and availability of the hog to the winner will be the first week of June.

AWARD: The recipient of this scholarship will receive their $2,000.00 award upon proof of enrollment in their college or other higher educational technical school.  The award will be issued as a one-time payment.

Thank You Heritage Hog Donors!

Corralitos Feed is donating the feed, supplements and dietary expertise to help raise the Heritage Hog

Country Hills Feed is donating the Heritage Hog

Meet Our

Scholarship Winners

2018 – Jacob Dixon

2017 – Arielle Spotswood

2016 – Yuritza Arciga

2015 – Janell Moules