HOUSTON LIVESTOCK SHOW AND RODEO™ AWARDS MORE THAN $6 MILLION IN SCHOLARSHIPS TO HOUSTON-AREA STUDENTS
HOUSTON — More than 380 Texas students, primarily from the Houston area, were honored at the 2012 Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Scholarship Banquet for their academic and community achievements with scholarships totaling more than $6 million, Wednesday, May 23, in Reliant Center.
“There is nothing more rewarding than seeing the future leaders of our great state earn their way into a higher education, and we are ecstatic to have the opportunity to help them achieve that through our scholarship programs,” said Skip Wagner, president of the Show. “This night is one that we work toward all year long, and is a driving force behind the efforts of more than 27,000 volunteers.”
These 383 graduating high school seniors will attend 35 Texas colleges and universities in the fall using funds from the Show’s Metropolitan, Opportunity, School Art and other scholarship programs, totaling $6,088,000.
Metropolitan and Opportunity scholarships were awarded to graduating students from 58 school districts in Brazoria, Chambers, Fort Bend, Galveston, Harris, Liberty, Montgomery, and Waller counties, based on academic achievements and economic need. To be eligible for one of the 15 School Art Scholarships, applicants must have competed at the district level in the Show’s School Art Program in 2012. Sixteen scholarships for other achievements also were awarded to students during the banquet.
An additional $2.24 million in scholarships will be awarded to Texas 4-H and FFA students later this summer.
All of these scholarships are nearly half of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo’s annual commitment of more than $18.8 million to scholarships, research, endowments, calf scramble participants, junior show exhibitors, School Art participants and other educational programs in 2012.
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 Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo has committed approximately $283 million to the youth of Texas. The 2013 Show runs Monday, Feb. 25, through Sunday, March 17.