The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo™ offers several different kinds of scholarships and eligibility requirements may vary. All applicants, however, must meet the following requirements:
- Be a U.S. citizen; permanent residents are not eligible to apply.
- Attend a public high school from which you will graduate at mid-term or in the spring of the year in which you seek an award. Students attending Charter Schools rated exemplary or recognized by the Texas Education Agency, are eligible to apply. Students who are home-schooled or who attend private or parochial schools may not apply.
- Be a resident of the state of Texas.
- Plan to attend a Texas college or university and have applied for admission to such an institution. The Show does not fund scholarships to attend out-of-state schools. Even if you plan to attend a school with an "open admissions" policy, you still must have applied at the time application is made.
- Meet academic standards for class rank and SAT/ACT scores as stated within the application. No one may apply who has not taken either the SAT or ACT test and who cannot furnish documentation of scores.
- Submit a completed application with appropriate documentation.
Applications for Metropolitan, Opportunity, School Art, Area Go Texan, Hildebrand, Military, Exhibitor, or Technical scholarships must be submitted online. Scholarship Applications
To apply for a 4-H or FFA scholarship, visit the coordinating organization's website. Scholarship Information
Applications must be entered online, and the required documents must be mailed by the deadline date to:
Office of Educational Programs
Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo
P.O. Box 20070
Houston, TX 77225-0070
Yes, you can apply for all scholarships for which you are eligible.
No. Recipients can receive only one Show scholarship.
Online applications will open November 2015 and due Feb. 8, 2016.
No, with three exceptions. The only Show scholarships that require an applicant to have exhibited at the Show are the Ruth Hildebrand (for junior lamb exhibitors) and the School Art (participants in the school art program) and Exhibitor (participants in one of the 17 eligible shows).
No, there are no restrictions on the major field of study for any Show scholarship, as long as the major leads to a four-year degree.
No, all recipients must attend a college or university in Texas.
Yes. Children of Show members or Show committee members are eligible to apply but receive no special consideration.
Applications are evaluated by independent committees using a comprehensive score sheet with points awarded for academics, leadership and financial need.
Scholarship applicants will be notified by the beginning of May 2016.
All students who submit a Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo scholarship application will be notified, regardless of the decision.
Postmark is an official mark stamped on a letter or other postal package, giving the place, date and time of posting.
We do not have to receive the document by Feb. 8 in order for you to be considered for a scholarship.
Applicants may print out a copy of their scores and mail them to the Show offices. The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo is not listed as an option for you to electronically send your scores on a testing date. Please make sure the applicant's name appears on the score sheet.
In some cases, it is recommended you type your essay in a text document and copy and paste the information into the application.
The Show will not verify, follow up or provide updates to students.
The Free Application for Federal Student Aid
You can file your FAFSA starting Jan. 1. In order to complete the application, use the most recent tax return. if you do not have the current year information, you may use the prior year tax information.
The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo will issue scholarship payments directly to the school. No payments are made to individuals.