HOUSTON — College dreams became reality for 79 Houston-area high school graduates during the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Area Go Texan Scholarship Banquet, Wednesday, May 17. Thirty percent of graduates will be the first in their family to attend college.
“The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo is proud to support the youth of Texas through scholarships to help high school graduates achieve a postsecondary education,” said Joel Cowley, president, and CEO. “We are confident that these students will represent us well at colleges and universities across the state, and we wish them the best of luck in their future endeavors.”
Show officials and volunteers hosted 79 scholarship recipients from 68 Area Go Texan counties. Each recipient was awarded a four-year, $20,000 scholarship from the Show for a total commitment of $1,580,000. A deserving high school senior from each county was presented a scholarship, and an additional 11 scholarships were awarded at large to eligible students within each Area Go Texan district.
Scholarships are awarded to students who meet the program requirements and demonstrate academic potential, leadership and financial need. All scholarship recipients must attend a Texas college or university.
The Area Go Texan scholarships represent a portion of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo’s annual commitment of more than $26 million to scholarships, research, endowments, calf scramble participants, junior show exhibitors, School Art participants and other educational programs. For more information on the Show’s educational support, visit rodeohouston.com/Educational-Support/Commitment.
The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo is a Section 501(c)(3) charity that benefits youth, supports education, and facilitates better agricultural practices through exhibitions and presentation. Since its beginning in 1932, the Show has committed more than $430 million to the youth of Texas. For more information, visit rodeohouston.com and connect with #RODEOHOUSTON online via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube for all of the latest news. The 2018 Show is scheduled for Feb. 27 – March 18.
Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo™ 2017 Area Go Texan Scholarship Recipients (by county)
|Bradi Brownlow||Lillie Steinhauser||Brenda Manzano||Clara Aguirre|
|Zachery Trotter||James Kirgan||Joel Mackey||MaKayla Smith|
|Haley Sinclair||Kodye Neel||Marissa Wall||Josephine Malone|
|Gabriel Rodriguez||Katherine Bonilla||Jocelyn Martinez||Cameron Kittman|
|Bastrop||Gregg||Live Oak||San Augustine|
|Katelin Bishop||Sommer Harkins||Kelsey Webb||Emily Evans|
|Natalie Rivas||Yecenia Huerta||Camryn Frederick||Joshua Cronin|
|Kristin Crouch||Emma Polster||Matagorda||Abbigale Sample|
|Makayla Meador||Sarah Harper||McLennan||Aslin Lucio|
|Eva Short||Natalie Hoelscher|
|Cassandra Soto||Harrison||Milam||Emily Sparkman|
|Blaire Beaty||Annie Hasselbach||Carlos Villapudua|
|Casey Pitchford||Mills||Caleb Yarbrough|
|Caldwell||Marisol Suarez||Dakota Busby|
|Calhoun||Whittney Soule||Bailey Melo|
|Cherokee||Meghan Adams||Jerry VanZuuk|
|Colorado||Danielle Smith||Kayla Williams|
|Comanche||Raven Stegall||Meagan Harrington|
|Angel Garza||Trenten Wahlen||Wharton|
|Coryell||Lauren Hoffpauir||Orange||Lauren Lathon|
|Sophia Caro||Stephanie Licon|
|Cole Ratliff||Panola||Anna Kurtin|
|Dewitt||Alexis Ehlers||Cara Coligan||Jasmine Tumewu|
|Falls||Allison Harrell||Landon Creel|
|Daniel Amador||Jasmine Hernandez|