Thirty livestock and horse show exhibitors will receive a four-year, $18,000 college scholarship as an additional incentive for participating in the 2015 Houston Livestock Show™. The $540,000 in exhibitor scholarships is part of the nearly $13 million in scholarships included in the Show’s 2015 educational commitment of more than $24 million.
To apply for the exhibitor scholarships, students must meet the following requirements:
– be a U.S. citizen,
– be a Texas resident,
– be a graduating high school senior from a Texas public high school,
score a minimum of 1350 on the SAT or 19 on the ACT,
– be ranked at the top third of their class during the first semester of their senior year, intend to attend an accredited, not-for-profit Texas college or university and participate in a curriculum leading to a bachelor’s degree, participate in one or more of the approved competitions in the 2015 Show year, and have competed at least once within the past three years (2012 – 2014).
The approved competitions are:
– Junior Breeding Shows (beef heifers, gilts, sheep)
– Junior Commercial Steer Feeding and Management Contest
– Junior Dairy Cattle Show
– Junior Market Shows (barrows, broilers, goats, lambs, steers, turkeys)
– All-Breed Youth Horse Show
– Cutting Horse Show (AQHA, NCHA)
– Donkey and Mule Show
– Paint Horse Show
– Palomino Horse Show
– Quarter Horse Show
Exhibitor scholarship applications will be judged using the standard Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo scholarship evaluation process. Exhibitors will receive additional credit for participating in multiple youth horse shows and livestock show competitions throughout the course of the past four years. Performance evaluations or place ranking within each show will not influence the outcome of the scholarship awards.
Exhibitor scholarship recipients also may be eligible for the Achievement Scholarship Program, which allows college students currently receiving Show scholarships to apply for an additional $4,000 per semester, for up to four semesters, once they reach their junior and senior years of undergraduate studies. To be eligible to apply, existing Show scholars must have been classified as a junior or senior by the conclusion of the spring semester, and have completed a minimum of four college semesters since their high school graduation, with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.
Visit the website at the link below for information on all Show scholarships. Scholarship applications are due Feb. 23, 2015.