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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)

Anderson Fayette Lavaca Refugio
Bradi Brownlow Lillie Steinhauser Brenda Manzano Clara Aguirre
Angelina Freestone Lee Robertson
Zachery Trotter James Kirgan Joel Mackey MaKayla Smith
Aransas Goliad Leon Rusk
Haley Sinclair Kodye Neel Marissa Wall Josephine Malone
Austin Gonzales Limestone Sabine
Gabriel Rodriguez Katherine Bonilla Jocelyn Martinez Cameron Kittman
Bastrop Gregg Live Oak San Augustine
Katelin Bishop Sommer Harkins Kelsey Webb Emily Evans
Bee Grimes Madison San Jacinto
Natalie Rivas Yecenia Huerta Camryn Frederick Joshua Cronin
    Randall Navarro  
Bell Hamilton   San Patricio
Kristin Crouch Emma Polster Matagorda Abbigale Sample
    Mansi Pandya  
Bosque Hardin   Shelby
Makayla Meador Sarah Harper McLennan Aslin Lucio
  Eva Short Natalie Hoelscher  
Brazos     Smith
Cassandra Soto Harrison Milam Emily Sparkman
  Blaire Beaty Annie Hasselbach Carlos Villapudua
Burleson   Hannah Hux  
Alecia Berry Henderson   Trinity
  Casey Pitchford Mills Caleb Yarbrough
Caldwell Marisol Suarez Dakota Busby  
Makayla Gutierrez     Tyler
  Hill Nacogdoches Andrew Harmon
Calhoun Whittney Soule Bailey Melo  
Colton Blinka     Victoria
  Houston Navarro Alexandria Butler
Cherokee Meghan Adams Jerry VanZuuk  
Emily Wintermute     Walker
  Jackson Newton Shelby Lepley
Colorado Danielle Smith Kayla Williams  
Charla Spears     Washington
  Jasper Nueces Kennith Marshall
Comanche Raven Stegall Meagan Harrington  
Angel Garza   Trenten Wahlen Wharton
  Jefferson   Marco Jimenez
Coryell Lauren Hoffpauir Orange Lauren Lathon
Sophia Caro   Stephanie Licon  
Imari Neal Karnes   Williamson
  Cole Ratliff Panola Anna Kurtin
Dewitt Alexis Ehlers Cara Coligan Jasmine Tumewu
Martina Stavinoha      
  Lampasas Polk  
Falls Allison Harrell Landon Creel  
Daniel Amador   Jasmine Hernandez  

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