Today, Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo officials announced that 41 graduate-level college students will receive a total of $662,240 in educational funding through the Rodeo’s Graduate Assistantship Program. These funds will support 36 master’s students and five doctoral students for the 2020-2021 academic year.
The Rodeo’s Graduate Assistantship Program supports 14 graduate-level programs at 11 different Texas universities; 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 and West Texas A&M University.
The Graduate Assistantship Program represents a portion of the Rodeo’s annual commitment to Texas youth and education. This program began in the early 1970’s to grow the Rodeo’s involvement with the state’s agricultural schools and to further its commitment to institutions, education and agriculture. Since it began, more than $14 million in educational funding has been committed through the program.
This year, the Rodeo has committed more than $27 million to scholarships, junior show exhibitors, educational program grants and graduate assistantships. Since 1932, the Rodeo has committed more than $500 million to the youth of Texas and education. Additional information about the Rodeo’s educational commitments can be found here: rodeohouston.com/Educational-Support/Commitment.
The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo promotes agriculture by hosting an annual, family-friendly experience that educates and entertains the public, supports Texas youth, showcases Western heritage and provides year-round educational support within the community. Since its beginning in 1932, the Rodeo has committed more than $500 million to the youth of Texas and education. For more information, visit rodeohouston.com and connect with #RODEOHOUSTON online via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube for all the latest news. The 2021 Rodeo is scheduled for March 2 – 21.