CIF Scholarship



In July 2001 the Executive Board of the Central Iowa Fair originated a livestock banner auction where the champions from each species are represented. The highest bidder receives the banner. In 2009 we added four outstanding non-livestock projects to this auction as well. Each exhibitor receives a percentage of the selling price with the balance going into a grant and scholarship fund that is maintained by the Central Iowa Fair.

The program was originally designed as a grant program for the 4-H clubs and project groups as a way to receive funding for community service or citizenship projects. Each club or group may apply for up to $150 annually. This is done through an application process. They are also expected to have a poster or display during the fair showing how the money was used.

In 2004 scholarships were added to the program. Two $500 scholarships were awarded the first year. Due to the continued success of the auction, in 2006 the scholarships awarded were increased to three $1,000 scholarships. As of this date approximately $30,000 has been awarded to the 4-H youth in Marshall County in grants and scholarships.

This program is changed in 2012.  Instead of having the banner auction there is a Parade of Champions to wrap up the fair. Each species will be allowed to send in both the Champions and Reserve winners of their show along with champion non-livestock exhibits.

Previous Scholarship Winners


2004 Andrea Betts
David VonAhnen
2005 Ashley Huston
2006 Kaleb Appelgate
Missy Merwald
Andrew Burt
2007

Elise Fiscus     
Nick Diers        

Allison Buck
2008

Alison Vandegrift         
James VonAhnen

Matthew Burt   
2009

Gage Fiscus
Austin Nichols

Clint Hilleman
2010

Justin Breja      
Danielle Honeck

Seth Appelgate
2011

Michael Burt
Sarah Butler

Emilee Smith
2012

Hannah Thomae
Michael Hemesath

McKinze Goecke
2013

Katherine Newhouse
Kelsiann Halbloom       

Hunter Wilkening
2014

Blake Edler
Carolyn Edler

Daniel Blom
2015

Hannah Hibbs
Kayla Fisher

Dale Hilleman
2016

Ben Newhouse
Amie Stalzer
Jake Goecke



Congratulations to the 2017 Scholarship Award Winners!



Madelynn Green

Alex Halbloom

Kaley Burchland