Rodeo Awards $1.2 Million in Achievement Scholarships to Texas College Students

Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo™ Awards $1.2 Million in Achievement Scholarships

August 30, 2022

Rodeo Awards $1.2 Million in Achievement Scholarships to Texas College Students

Today, Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo officials announced that 100 deserving Texas college students will receive $1.2 million in additional educational funds through the Rodeo’s Achievement Scholarship Program.

The Achievement Scholarships are awarded to current Rodeo scholars who are working toward an undergraduate degree, have completed four semesters and at least 60 hours of coursework, and have a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher at a Texas college or university. Each student will receive an additional $4,000 scholarship for each eligible semester.

“We are so proud of these scholars, as they have continued to demonstrate their commitment to pursuing their undergraduate degrees at some of the greatest academic institutions in Texas,” said Chris Boleman, Rodeo president and CEO. “It has been great to witness their academic progress since we awarded them with their first Rodeo scholarship, and these Achievement Scholarships will further support their academic journeys.”

These Achievement Scholarships are awarded following the initial Rodeo scholarship for a maximum combined total of up to $36,000 in educational funding per student. Of these scholars, 19% are the first in their families to graduate high school, and 39% are the first to attend college. These scholars attend 18 different Texas colleges and universities, and the top schools represented are: Texas A&M University, The University of Texas at Austin, Texas Tech University and the University of Houston. These students have chosen 49 different fields of study, with the top chosen majors being animal science, biology, biomedical science, nursing and psychology.

The Achievement Scholarships represent a share of the Rodeo’s annual commitment to Texas youth and education. In 2022, more than $22 million has been committed to scholarships, junior show exhibitors, educational program grants and graduate assistantships. Since 1932, the Rodeo has committed more than $550 million to the youth of Texas and education. Additional information about the Rodeo’s educational commitments can be found here:

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 $550 million to the youth of Texas and education. The 2023 Rodeo is scheduled for Feb. 28 – March 19. The 2023 World’s Championship Bar-B-Que Contest, presented by Cotton Holdings, is scheduled for Feb. 23 – 25. For more information, visit and connect with #RODEOHOUSTON online via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube for all the latest news.


2022 Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo™ Achievement Scholarship Recipients

List as of Aug. 30, 2022

Angelo State University
  • Cambree Schwartz
Houston Baptist University
  • Johana Jose
Lamar University
  • Amber Martinez
  • Hannah Norwood
McMurry University
  • Caryn Lawrence
Midwestern State University
  • Addison Elliott
Sam Houston State University
  • Laysha Cabeza
  • Cate Harris
Tarleton State University
  • Candace Landrum
Texas A&M University
  • Leslie Apolinar
  • Austin Armstrong
  • Nash Campbell
  • Isabelle Dela Cruz
  • Megan Frerich
  • Blake Greaves
  • Matthew Hancock
  • Gabriela Hansen
  • Miles Huffhines
  • Emanuel Loredo
  • Kaili Manthei
  • Natalie McDaniel
  • Bonnie McKinzie
  • Kylee Medina
  • Macy Medlin
  • Kemo Moran
  • Danielle Moreno
  • Caitlyn Muckensturm
  • Cindy Nguyen
  • Taylor O'Brien
  • Katherine Rhodes
  • Hannah Saegert
  • Sidney Sanchez
  • Elizabeth Scheppler
  • Alldyn Schroeder
  • Natalie Solis
  • Justin Tran
  • Zane Wanjura
  • Karen Waters
  • John Wofford
Texas State University
  • Danielle Rubio
Texas Tech University
  • Cassady Craddock
  • Justin Crumpton
  • Shawn Earthman
  • Tasnim Gadalla
  • Kate Johnson
  • Kade Miller
  • Trinity Shipp
  • Carlye Winfrey
  • Maci Wisdom
Texas Tech University – Health Services Center
  • Braelyn Bevel
University of Houston
  • Rund Abu-Ashour
  • Kimberly Acosta
  • Sarah Bunjaku
  • Brandon Cantu
  • Maria Cavazos
  • Samuel Collins
  • Kiran Khan
  • Juan Pacheco
  • Jordan Pemberton
  • Annie Quan
  • Annalise Rosenbaum
  • Thai Tran
  • Varshini Vakulabharanam
  • Samiha Zaman
University of St. Thomas
  • Andrea Ortuno
The University of Texas at Austin
  • Iqra Ahmad
  • Vallari Bhatia
  • Lauren Butler
  • Yupu Cai
  • Kaitlyn Castro
  • Natalie Celestino
  • Jade Colunga
  • Maria Cortes
  • Anshara Danish
  • Haley Etzler
  • Janssen Fang
  • Hallie Feinberg
  • Carolyn Gulley
  • Sabbetai Hurtado
  • Charles Igwe
  • Coral Leitzell
  • Ryan McDonald
  • Julissa Medina
  • Robin Naranjo
  • Katelyn Nguyen
  • Joel Angelito Reyes
  • Yliana Roland
  • Grant Shim
  • Trinity Smith
  • Millena Tran
  • Tammy Tran
  • Karen Tseng
  • Erika Vasquez
  • Madeline Williams
  • Vivien Zheng
  • Tammy Huynh
The University of Texas at Tyler
  • Sarah Wofford