Deadline Approaching: Apply Now for $1,000 John E. Frenkel, Sr. Educational Grant

by Katie King |

Deadline Approaching: Apply Now for $1,000 John E. Frenkel, Sr. Educational Grant


Pensacola, FL – March 28, 2024 – The Pensacola Interstate Fair, Inc. is reminding graduating high school seniors that the deadline to apply for the 2024 John E. Frenkel, Sr. Educational Grant is quickly approaching. With a deadline of April 12, 2024, eligible students are encouraged to submit their applications promptly to be considered for this scholarship opportunity.

The John E. Frenkel, Sr. Educational Grant, established to honor the legacy of the late Chairman of the Board of Directors, aims to assist students in pursuing their higher education goals. The grant annually provides 30 deserving students with $1,000 each, totaling $30,000 in support. Since its inception in 1984, over $1.2 million has been awarded to more than 1,300 grant participants, reflecting the Fair’s commitment to educational advancement within the community.

Eligibility for the grant is based on active involvement in the Pensacola Interstate Fair, Inc., through participation in exhibits, projects, displays, or volunteering, as outlined in the Fair Exhibits Premium Catalog.

Applicants must be graduating high school seniors planning to enroll in an accredited college or vocational school for the Fall Term of 2024. The grant is intended to defray the costs of tuition and books at any post-secondary educational or vocational institution of the recipient’s choice.

“We are dedicated to supporting the educational pursuits of our community’s youth,” said Hope Lunsford, operations manager at Pensacola Interstate Fair. “This grant is a testament to our 40-year-long commitment to fostering academic excellence within our community and empowering students to achieve their career goals.”

Applications for the grant can be downloaded from the Fair’s website or it can be obtained from the main fair office located at 6655 W. Mobile Hwy, Pensacola, FL 32526. Completed applications should be submitted in person or mailed to the Fair’s mailing address at 2172 W. Nine Mile Road, PMB 210, Pensacola, FL 32534, Attn: Fair Scholarship.

All applications must be received by April 12, 2024. Finalists will be selected during the fourth week of April, with checks for college and university students mailed to their chosen Financial Aid office by mid to late July 2024.

For further information or inquiries, please contact your high school counselor or contact Hope Lunsford at (850) 944-4500 or


About the Scholarship Program

For decades, The Pensacola Interstate Fair has generously provided unrestricted educational funds to Pensacola State College and to the University of West Florida.  In 1983, a special grants program was initiated. These grants were restricted to members of Future Farmers of America, 4-H Clubs and Future Homemakers of America who were graduating high school seniors and who had been actively involved in the presentation of exhibits, projects and displays at the Fair during their high school years. It was a sincere attempt to reward those who had contributed to the success of the Fair each year and who wished to continue their education with the assistance and encouragement of the Fair. The program was well received and several young men and women were able to complete their first year of college as the first Interstate Fair Educational Grants Recipients.

1984 marked the 50th year of the Fair, which had grown from its humble beginnings in 1935 to a position of prominence throughout the United States. To properly celebrate this Golden Anniversary event, the Board of Directors approved a measure to substantially increase grant funding as a special tribute to John Frenkel, Sr., the founder, former General Manager and late Chairman of the Board of Directors. The JOHN E. FRENKEL, SR. Educational Grants Program was established to honor his lifelong dedication to education, his outstanding contributions to our community and his many years of devotion and leadership to the Pensacola Interstate Fair, Inc. That year, a larger number of grants were made available, broadening the base to include students previously ineligible to apply. In addition, several new categories were created to assist students pursuing undergraduate and graduate programs at Pensacola Junior College (now Pensacola State College) and at the University of West Florida.


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