Scholarships and Community Building: The State Fair of Texas is on a Mission

Published September 20, 2021 at 5:45pm.
Story by Robin Bagwell. Photos courtesy of The State fair of Texas.

The State Fair of Texas celebrates all things Texan. While most of us love a good corn dog and spending the day with Big Tex, most do not know about the mission-driven initiatives of The State Fair of Texas. The Big Tex Scholarship Program was established in 1992. Scholarships totaling more than 13.9 million have been awarded to 2,700 students. Proceeds also help preserve and improve Fair Park’s museums and community initiatives.

Since its inception in 1886, the State Fair of Texas has celebrated all things Texan by promoting agriculture, education, and community involvement through quality entertainment in a family-friendly environment. The State Fair of Texas is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with proceeds helping to preserve and improve our home, Fair Park; underwrite museums, community initiatives, and scholarship programs to support students throughout the Lone Star State pursuing higher education; and help improve State Fair operations.

The State Fair of Texas is committed to being an even better neighbor to our South Dallas community through our philanthropy to South Dallas nonprofits, signature programs that impact students in DISD or business owners, community initiatives, our scholarship program that has awarded millions of dollars to youth, the Big Tex Urban Farm and our agricultural programs. North Texas Giving Day is an opportunity to not only highlight our efforts but to amplify the work of so many of our partners listed on Your gift makes a difference and is so appreciated!
— Dr. Froswa’ Booker-Drew

Dr. Froswa’ Booker-Drew, Vice President, Community Affairs and Strategic Alliances

Dr. Froswa’ Booker-Drew, Vice President, Community Affairs and Strategic Alliances

To support students throughout The Lone Star State pursue higher educations and improve State Fair operations, consider donating on North Texas Giving Day or learn more at

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