Educational Support

2014 Scholarship Recipients

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2014 Scholarship Recipients

Supporting the Youth of Texas

Since the Show began in 1932, more than $350 million has been committed to the youth of Texas. The Show has presented nearly 15,000 scholarships since the first scholarship was awarded in 1957.

Because college is only a dream for so many students, the Show has made an extraordinary impact on the lives of countless young men and women in its quest to benefit the youth of Texas and support them through education. Currently, more than 2,000 students are on Show scholarships, attending more than 100 different Texas colleges and universities. The value of these scholarships is approximately $30 million.

All recipients of Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo scholarships must demonstrate academic potential, citizenship/leadership and financial need, and they must attend a Texas college or university.

2014 Educational Commitment

Scholarships $12,418,000
Graduate Assistantships
Educational Program Grants $3,731,064
Junior Show Exhibitors $6,388,000

Educational Support

735 Scholarships

  • Metropolitan: 238 four-year, $18,000 — $4,284,000
  • Opportunity: 114 four-year, $18,000 — $2,052,000
  • Area Go Texan: 78 four-year, $18,000 —$1,404,000
  • Texas 4-H: 70 four-year, $18,000 — $1,260,000
  • Texas FFA: 70 four-year, $18,000 — $1,260,000
  • School Art: 15 four-year, $18,000 — $270,000
  • FCCLA: 10 four-year, $18,000 — $180,000
  • Hildebrand Family: 15 four-year, $18,000— $270,000
  • Military: five four-year, $18,000 —$90,000
  • Technical: 10 two-year, $9,000 — $90,000
  • Achievement: 50 one-year, $8,000; 50 two-year, $16,000 — $1,200,000
  • Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine: six one-year, $8,000 – $48,000
  • Texas Christian University Ranch Management Program: four one-year, $2,500 — $10,000
  • Angelo State University
  • Sam Houston State University
  • Stephen F. Austin State University
  • Sul Ross State University
  • Tarleton State University
  • Texas A&M University
  • Texas A&M University – Commerce
  • Texas A&M University – Kingsville
  • Texas State University
  • Texas Tech University
  • West Texas A&M University

The following organizations and programs have been chosen as a part of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo™ Educational Programs and will receive funding from the Show throughout the next year.

Aldine/Spring Elementary Reading Program

Funding provides trainers who support elementary reading programs in select elementary schools in the Aldine and Spring school districts.

Alley Theatre

The Alley Theatre’s Educational and Community Engagement Programs serve more than 100,000 students of all ages, as well as teachers and families. The Houston Young Playwrights Exchange seeks to develop and showcase the talents of six young playwrights, ages 13 to 19, from schools in the Houston area in a six-week summer program at the Alley Theatre.

American Festival for the Arts

Funding supports the American Festival for the Arts Summer Music Conservatory, which offers talented fourth- through 12th-graders instrumental, vocal and composer-focused training.

Baylor Research Advocates for Student Scientists

BRASS promotes excellence in biomedical research by providing scholarship and research funding to bright young scientists enrolled in the Baylor College of Medicine Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences.

Brookwood Community

The Brookwood Community, located in Brookshire, Texas, provides an educational environment that creates meaningful jobs, builds a sense of belonging, and fosters dignity and respect for adults with disabilities.

The Center for Hearing and Speech

Funding supports The Center for Hearing and Speech Melinda Webb School, which allows deaf and hearing-impaired children the chance to live an average childhood in a mainstream school. The school teaches deaf children, ages 18 months through 6 years old, to listen, speak, and read by the time they enter first grade.

Children’s Museum of Houston

The Children’s Museum of Houston’s Kidtropolis is a child-sized city that teaches visitors lessons about civic engagement and the works of government, communications, economics and social businesses. Children can take on roles at different businesses within Kidtropolis and manage the unique city every day. Show funding supports the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo™ Vet Clinic, a hands-on area that will teach children about the care and treatment of livestock.


Comp-U-Dopt’s mission is to provide computers and computer education to children in Houston who do not have regular access to the technology. It is comprised of three separate programs: Computer Adoption, Learn to Earn and an after-school program.

Cristo Rey Jesuit College Preparatory School of Houston

Cristo Rey Jesuit College Preparatory School of Houston provides demanding college prep curriculum to students who are living at or below the federal poverty line. Students attend class four days a week and a work-study program one day a week in an entry level position at some of Houston’s top companies. After opening its doors in Houston four years ago, the school graduated its first senior class in the spring of 2013. One hundred percent of its graduates were accepted to college before their high school graduation.

Former Texas Rangers Foundation

The Former Texas Rangers Foundation exists to preserve and perpetuate the true history of the Texas Rangers; to maintain and operate a museum dedicated to its history; to establish commemorative landmarks related to its history; and to administer a scholarship program and educate youth about the many contributions made by the Texas Rangers. The Show’s funding will help support the foundation’s distance learning program, which will use technology to reach and educate nearly 600,000 children and adults throughout the nation.

Glassell School of Art

The Glassell School of Art Summer Workshops offer a variety of programs for eligible students in kindergarten through high school who participated in the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo School Art Program. Students are able to showcase their work at school exhibitions.

Greater Houston Partnership – Opportunity Houston 2.0

Greater Houston Partnership – Opportunity Houston 2.0 is an initiative to help ensure continued job growth and capital and foreign investment growth within the Houston area. The program kicks off in 2014.

Harris County Hospital District Foundation

The Harris County Hospital District Foundation is a not-for-profit corporation that raises funds and public support for Harris Health System programs and services, which go beyond the narrow scope of tax-assisted care for the uninsured and the underinsured. The Show’s funding will support the foundation’s “Shattered Dreams” program, which involves dramatizations of alcohol-related car accidents for high school campuses, complete with police and emergency medical services, emergency room treatment, family notifications, and the arrest and booking of the drunk driver, to help educate students on the deadly consequences of driving under the influence.

The Health Museum

Students can experience an interactive learning experience at The Health Museum’s School Field Experience Program. Prior to a class visit, teachers can customize their students’ museum experience by choosing from several programs, including exhibitions, dissection demonstrations or shows that will best suit their current science classroom curriculum.

Holocaust Museum Houston

The Holocaust Museum Houston Curriculum Digital Trunk Program provides digitally based trunks filled with materials designed especially for use by elementary school, middle school, high school, and college educators to assist in teaching the historical facts relating to the Holocaust, as well as the consequences of prejudice and apathy in society.

Houston Area Women’s Center

The Houston Area Women’s Center is a safe haven for individuals affected by domestic or sexual violence, and includes shelter, counseling and advocacy for all involved. The Show’s support will help fund the center’s Sunshine Learning Center, which provides a safe and nurturing learning environment for children between the ages of 3 months and about 9 years living at the shelter.

Houston Community College Foundation – Public Safety Institute

The Houston Community College Foundation – Public Safety Institute specializes in providing state-of-the-art training for students in law enforcement, fire protection and emergency medical services. Located on 39 acres at HCC’s northeast campus, the Public Safety Institute meets the needs of 30 fire departments, 37 police departments, five federal agencies and many private sector employers. Show funding helps support training equipment for students.

Houston Grand Opera

HGOco is the Houston Grand Opera’s educational outreach programs. The programming consists of:

  • High School Night at the Opera;
  • OPERA TO GO!, a touring performance of children's opera; and
  • Story Book Opera, an educational outreach enhanced with curriculum materials and teacher workshops.

Houston Hispanic Forum

The Houston Hispanic Forum Career and Education Day’s mission is to reduce the dropout rate among Hispanic students and provide assistance to students and families as they pursue educational and career goals. More than 200,000 students, parents and educators attend the day’s events.

Houston Symphony

The Houston Symphony provides admission to concerts for students, as well as teacher training and supplemental classroom materials. Funding supports educational programs, including Symphony Explorer and Symphony Detective concerts. These programs serve nearly 32,000 students from 21 Houston-area school districts.

Medilife Houston

Houston Fire Department Public Affairs and Educational Division

Members of the Houston Fire Department Public Affairs and Educational Division attend approximately 1,500 events each year, offering educational and community events support. The vision of the organization is to continue supporting fire and community initiatives by purchasing equipment and items that do not normally fall under the HFD operating and community support budget.

Camp Houston Fire

Camp Houston Fire recruits high school junior and senior girls from Houston-area schools to learn how to be firefighters for a three-day weekend workshop to encourage them to consider this challenging and rewarding career. The girls are trained on the use of a fire hose and forced entry, and experience fighting an actual fire.

Memorial Park Conservancy

The severe drought conditions throughout Texas in 2011 caused nearly 19,000 trees to die off in Houston’s Memorial Park. About 80 percent of Memorial Park’s forest was lost to the drought, and now the city of Houston has taken action to revive the park and bring back its green life. Memorial Park Conservancy’s master plan includes planting thousands of trees throughout the affected areas of Memorial Park, helping to create a mixed pine and hardwood forest. Funding also will support improvements to parking lot structures and security lighting within the south side of the park. The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo is giving back to the longtime home of its thousands of trail riders traveling from all parts of the state to participate in the Show’s Downtown Rodeo Parade.

NASA – Texas Aerospace Scholars

Held at the Johnson Space Center, this program encourages high school students to study math, science, engineering and computer science. The year-long, online study program ends with a week-long, summer on-site program at NASA where students work with engineers to design, execute and present a project that reflects what the students have learned during the year.

Neuhaus Education Center

Funding supports the Neuhaus Education Center’s Partners in Literacy Reform, a partnership between the center, Houston Independent School District, and the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, focused on literacy throughout pre-kindergarten years. Show funding supports the coaching phase of the program and the administering of the Early Literacy Quick Assessment Tool for teachers.

Prairie View A&M University

Funding supports various educational programs at Prairie View A&M University, including the Careers in Agriculture Pre-College program, which invites 1,500 youth between the ages of 11 and 19 to experience campus life, explore careers in agriculture, and prepare for college through three programs:

  • Agriculture Field Days;
  • Career Awareness & Youth Leadership Lab; and
  • Research & Extension Apprenticeship Program.

Reasoning Mind

Reasoning Mind addresses the three most pressing problems in K–12 education: human capital, curriculum quality and student engagement. It is an online system that adjusts the level of instruction based on each student’s learning level and interest in mathematics. Currently more than 6,000 second- through sixth-graders in the Houston area are enrolled in Reasoning Mind.

The Rise School of Houston

This school is dedicated to the early education of infants, toddlers and pre-school children born with Down syndrome and other developmental disabilities, in an integrated environment. The Rise School prepares these children for a successful K-12 experience and life. The Show’s funding will help support 100 Rise students in the 2013-14 school year.

Schriener University – Western Art Academy Workshop

The Museum of Western Art provides scholarships to 48 students who participate in the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo School Art Program each year. These scholarships allow high school sophomores, juniors and seniors to learn traditional Western art techniques from practicing professional artists.

Shriners Hospitals for Children – Houston

Shriners Hospitals for Children provide the highest quality care to children with neuro-musculoskeletal conditions, burn injuries and other special healthcare needs within a compassionate, family-centered and collaborative care environment. The Show’s funding will help support the Houston hospital’s transition program, which helps to increase patients’ self-esteem, and maximize their abilities and skills to better cope with everyday issues.

Small Steps Nurturing Center

Small Steps Nurturing Center operates two preschools for children ages 2 to 6 who live in the First, Second, Fourth and Fifth wards of Houston. The schools offer a Christian environment, transportation to and from school, nutritional meals, and counseling to students. The School requires parents to volunteer a minimum of 10 hours per school year.

Teach for America – Houston

Teach for America recruits outstanding recent college graduates to commit two years to teach in urban and rural areas and become lifelong leaders in pursuing educational excellence and equality. Funding for this program allows Teach for America to continue to grow the talent pool, meeting the goal of strategically placing 500 corps members into Houston-area schools over the next two years.

Texas 4-H

State 4-H Congress

State 4-H Congress is a four-day event in Austin, Texas, that draws more than 600 delegates from throughout the state to learn the legislative process and to research and present legislation relating to youth issues.

State 4-H Leadership Conference

Support is provided for the leadership training conference for incoming Texas 4-H council members and district council members who, in turn, conduct local-level training for about 1,000 other Texas 4-H members.

Striving for Leadership

These funds support 36 students elected by their peers to the Texas 4-H Council, who will plan and teach leadership workshops for 85 district-level 4-H officers. District officers represent the 12 extension areas of the state.

Texas A&M University

Beef Cattle Short Course

Funds are used to defray registration costs for this annual program that focuses on Texas beef cattle producers and presents seminars to help the industry improve efficiency and profitability.

Bush School of Government & Public Service

The Show’s funding will support graduate students within the Bush School of Government & Public Services at Texas A&M University, which is a professional graduate program that educates students on principled leadership in public and international affairs, conducts research, and performs service.

Dr. Joe Townsend ’67 Leadership Fellows Program

The Dr. Joe Townsend ’67 Leadership Fellows Program in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Texas A&M University supports advanced undergraduate study in leadership theory through activities of selected students.

Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans

The Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans With Disabilities program, introduced at The Mays School of Business at Texas A&M University in August 2008, provides training and mentoring in entrepreneurship and small business management to veterans who have sustained disabilities resulting from service in Iraq or Afghanistan. The Mays Business School is one of five select business programs in the United States that offer the EBV programs, which began at Syracuse University in 2007.

Equine Initiative

The purpose of the Equine Sciences Initiative at Texas A&M is to collectively utilize the university’s expertise to build an equine program that will graduate the industry's future leaders and generate research and veterinary medical care that will improve the industry and the care and welfare of horses. Funding supports the construction of modern equine facilities, which are used for teaching, training and conducting research.

Texas FFA Association

Career Development Winners

The Show presents $500 to each of the 23 winning chapters in statewide judging contests. These funds are used to defray chapter expenses in representing Texas in national FFA career development events held in conjunction with the national FFA convention in Indianapolis, Ind., each fall.

Leadership Awards

More than 500 FFA members participate in eight leadership contests at Sam Houston State University. The financial support of the Show allows participants to defray some of the entry fee costs.

Leadership School

Incoming chapter, district, area and state FFA officers attend the State FFA Leadership School, where they go through rigorous leadership training in the form of workshops and seminars. FFA officers also have the chance to hear distinguished speakers, exchange ideas, discuss critical issues, and attend sessions about public speaking and parliamentary procedure.

Texas Southern University Foundation

Urban Academic Village at Texas Southern University is a holistic, student-centered, 24/7 learning and living community approach. Funding from the Show will support the development of the new learning center which will include computer labs, a satellite writing lab, study lounges, a business center, an academic counseling service, a tutorial lab, training space and a community meeting room. Gathering areas in the UAV Learning Center will provide expanded classroom space for programs.

Texas Wildlife Association Foundation

The Learning Across New Dimensions in Science program of the Texas Wildlife Association Foundation provides educational programs about agriculture, wildlife and habitat conservation to Texas schools. Through teacher training, curriculum materials and traveling exhibits, the program is able to teach both teachers and students about conservation initiatives and the environment.

Theatre Under The Stars


Theatre Under The Stars, along with the YMCA, provides after-school care programs and summer programs to benefit low-income students. Young people have a chance to learn music appreciation and arts education.

The River

The River program provides accessible, affordable fine arts opportunities for children, ages 2 to 19, with disabilities or chronic illnesses, or who are economically disadvantaged.

United Way

This United Way 2-1-1 Texas Helpline program provides support to anyone in need of information, referrals and coordination of health and human services. Calls are facilitated in more than 150 languages and cater to specific needs, such as physical and mental health, child care, veterans assistance, and counseling and disaster recovery.

The University of Texas – UTeach

The UTeach program was developed to help address the shortage of qualified math and science teachers in Texas and beyond. UTeach integrates a rigorous math and/or science major, research experience, acquisition of effective teaching techniques, field experience, and certification into a four-year program. Its mission is to attract and retain more teachers; create better students in kindergarten through 12th-grade science and math education; establish a pre-service curriculum that integrates modern technological teaching tools, scientific discovery, and subject mastery; and build partnerships with school systems and teachers across Texas.

UTHealth School of Nursing

The UTHealth School of Nursing seeks to educate nurse clinicians and scientists, discover and translate medical advances, and model best practices in regional, national, and global clinical care. Show funding will provide two scholarships to students within the UTHealth School of Nursing accelerated Ph.D. program, which was created in 2010 to help produce faculty members in three years.

YMCA of Greater Houston

The YMCA of Greater Houston’s Camp Cullen, located in Trinity, Texas, is offered to students within Houston ISD and other area school districts. It is a six-day, overnight camping experience and includes equestrian and horsemanship programs, water sports, ropes courses and climbing, fishing, arts and crafts, and science. The Show’s funding will support hundreds of scholarships to students who live in low-income areas of Houston for the summer of 2014.