FLORIDA STATE FAIR PARTNERS WITH THE FLORIDA LOTTERY TO PROVIDE $10,000 IN SCHOLARSHIPS TO ART STUDENTS
Tampa, Fla. (December 19, 2019) – For the fourth consecutive year, the Florida Lottery has sponsored the Art Portfolio Contest for High School Seniors awarding a total of $10,000 in scholarship money to 12 Florida High School Senior students. Winners will be notified on January 24, 2020. Winners are:
First Place: Luis Aleman
Second Place: Phoebe Zhang
Awards of Merit: Adriana Machado, Destiny Moore, Xuanyi Zhao, Danielle Hoogterp, Jillian Tarini, Deandra Walton, MartAn Lopez, Julia Dry, Aliya French and Samantha Dreibelbis
The first-place winner receives $3,000, the second-place winner $2,000 and ten Award of Merit winners will be presented with $500.
“We are proud to partner with the Florida Lottery to help students have a platform to showcase their artwork and also to help them achieve their college dreams,” says Cheryl Flood, Executive Director at the Florida State Fair Authority.
This year, 455 students, representing 99 schools and 27 counties, entered their art portfolios in the contest. The art portfolios of the top 32 students will be on display at the fair, which runs February 6-17, 2020. In addition to the top portfolios, 44 students will be showcased on the Wall of Excellence.
Bright Futures Scholarship Program, which is primarily funded by the Florida Lottery, was created in 1997 by the Florida Legislature to assist students in pursuing post-secondary educational and career goals. Since the program's inception, the Lottery has contributed more than $6.2 billion to send over 840,000 students to college.
“Everything we do at the Florida Lottery is with the goal of maximizing contributions to enhance education in our state,” said Secretary Randall Hunt. “We are proud to once again sponsor the Florida State Fair’s Art Portfolio Contest, and we look forward to seeing the creativity of Florida’s students shine.”
The Florida Lottery has contributed more than $1 billion to education for each of the past 17 years. With the Bright Futures Scholarship, more than 840,000 students have attended college on a Bright Futures Scholarship and the Lottery's total contribution to education since its start-up is more than $36 billion.
The Florida State Fair is expecting nearly 500,000 people to the Florida State Fairgrounds during February 6-17, 2020. The Florida State Fair boasts the largest midway in the United States along with fair-tastic foods, games and the famous Moo-ternity Ward.
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About Florida State Fair:
The Florida State Fair, first held in Tampa in 1904, has become one of the largest events in the state, attracting more than 500,000 people during its 12-day run. The Florida State Fair boasts the largest Midway in the USA, a robust agricultural program, a circus, interactive animal exhibits and new attractions each year. As the first State Fair of the year, the Florida State Fair is the first to debut new and all of the unique fair foods visitors have come to know and love. It’s affordable family fun at its best. For more information, about the Florida State Fair, please visit www.floridastatefair.com or follow on Facebook, Twitter and/or Instagram.
About the Florida State Fair Authority:
The mission of the Florida State Fair Authority and its Board of Directors is to create positive entertainment experiences through: the annual Florida State Fair; a variety of year-round events; quality competitive programs; a commitment to agriculture, education and community service, and a focus on new opportunities.
The Florida State Fair Authority does not receive state, county or city tax dollars. Operations are funded by revenue generated by the annual Florida State Fair and the rental of Fairgrounds facilities to outside entities throughout the year. For more information about the Florida State Fair Authority, go to www.floridastatefair.com.