Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo™ Awards 70 Texas FFA Members with $1.4 Million in Scholarships
Seventy Texas FFA members were presented with $1.4 million in scholarships from the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo during the 93rd Annual Texas FFA State Convention in Fort Worth, Texas, on Wednesday, July 7.
Scholarship recipients were selected by Texas FFA officials based on the students’ involvement with the program, academic and FFA achievements and financial need, as well as the FFA member’s performance in an interview process.
“The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo awarded its first academic scholarship to a member of Texas FFA in 1957, and it’s a tradition we are proud to continue today,” said Chris Boleman, president and CEO of the Rodeo. “FFA members share the Rodeo’s passion for agriculture, and many of these recipients will actually pursue a career in the field of agriculture, so we are extremely proud to help support them in this way.”
Each FFA scholarship recipient will receive a $20,000 scholarship from the Rodeo to apply toward a four-year undergraduate degree at a Texas college or university of their choice. Of the 70 FFA scholarship recipients, the top four majors include Animal Science, Agribusiness, Agricultural Economics and Biology.
The Texas FFA Association was chartered in 1929 and contributes to a model of secondary agricultural education in which students take part in classroom instruction and supervised agricultural experiences. The FFA is an integral part of the school’s agricultural science program, guided by FFA’s mission to make a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education.
These 70 FFA scholarships represent a portion of the Rodeo’s annual commitment of nearly $21.7 million to support Texas youth and statewide educational programs in 2021. Additional information about the Rodeo’s educational commitment 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 $500 million to the youth of Texas and education. The 2022 Rodeo is scheduled for Feb. 28 – March 20. The 2022 World’s Championship Bar-B-Que Contest is scheduled for Feb. 24 – 26. For more information, visit rodeohouston.com and connect with #RODEOHOUSTON online via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube for all the latest news.