Apply for Scholarships

Scholarship Types and Guidelines

All applicants must:

  • Be a graduating high school senior at an eligible school
  • Be a US Citizen and a Texas Resident
  • Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid available Jan. 1, 2016
  • Plan to attend an accredited, not-for-profit university in the State of Texas
Scholarship Program Quantity  Amount Duration SAT  ACT  Class Rank  Guidelines & Eligibility 
Technical 5 $9,000 2 years.

Area Go Texan 78 $18,000 4 years 950 19 1/3 PDF
Exhibitor 30 $18,000 4 years.  950 19
Hildebrand 15 $18,000 4 years 950 19 1/4 PDF
Metropolitan 238 $18,000 4 years 950 19  1/4  PDF
Military  $18,000  4 years  950 19  1/4  PDF
Opportunity 114 $18,000 4 years 900 18 1/2 PDF
School Art 15 $18,000 4 years 950 19  1/4  PDF 
4-H 70 $18,000  4 years  950 19 1/4 PDF 
FFA 70  $18,000  4 years  950 19 1/4 PDF
Achievement 100 $4,000/semester max 4 semesters        

Important Dates

November All Applications Available Online
Feb. 8 All Applications Due Online
Feb. 12 Hildebrand & Technical Postmark Deadline
Feb. 18
Area Go Texan, Metropolitan, Opportunity, Military, Exhibitor & School Art Applications Postmark Deadline
Scholarship Banquet

Application Process

The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo scholarship application is a two part process.

  • Part 1: Online Application (due Feb. 8, 2016)
  • Part 2: Supplemental Application Documents (postmark date varies).

Once you have submitted the online portion, the supplemental documents will be emailed to you. Application samples will be posted once available.

Contact Us

Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo™

Educational Programs Department
P.O. Box 20070
Houston, TX 77225


Scholarship Questions

Who can apply for a Show Scholarship?

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.

How can I get an application?

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

How do I submit my scholarship application?

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

What kind of scholarships does the Show offer?

Can I apply for more than one Show scholarship?

Yes, you can apply for all scholarships for which you are eligible.

Can I win more than one Show scholarship?

No. Recipients can receive only one Show scholarship.

What is the deadline to apply?

Online applications will open November 2015 and due Feb. 8, 2016.

Do I have to have shown an animal or have participated as an exhibitor to apply for a scholarship?

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).

Do I have to major in agriculture?

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.

Can I attend a community or junior college on a Show scholarship?

Yes, the Show funds its scholarship recipients who begin their academic pursuits at community colleges or junior colleges. However, the student must show academic progress and finish at a four-year institution if he/she has received a four-year award.

Can I attend an out-of-state school?

No, all recipients must attend a college or university in Texas.

My parents are members of the Show or work on Show committees. Can I apply for a scholarship?

Yes. Children of Show members or Show committee members are eligible to apply but receive no special consideration.

How are scholarship recipients selected?

Applications are evaluated by independent committees using a comprehensive score sheet with points awarded for academics, leadership and financial need.

When will scholarship winners be announced?

Scholarship applicants will be notified by the beginning of May 2016.

Will all applicants be notified regardless if they win or not?

All students who submit a Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo scholarship application will be notified, regardless of the decision. 

What does postmark mean?

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. 

Can applicants send SAT/ACT scored from College Board?

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.

Why will the system not let me type my essay?

In some cases, it is recommended you type your essay in a text document and copy and paste the information into the application. 

Will the Show verify they all application documents have been received?

The Show will not verify, follow up or provide updates to students.

What is FAFSA and how do I file?

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.

If I win a scholarship, will you mail me a check?

The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo will issue scholarship payments directly to the school. No payments are made to individuals.