The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo is thrilled to present 504 of Texas’ most ambitious students each with a $20,000 scholarship to pursue higher education. These scholarships are part of the Rodeo’s $14.6 million in scholarships and total annual commitment of more than $27.3 million in educational funding.

“These scholarships are a testament to the bright future each of these students have.  It is our utmost pleasure to support their higher education journey,” said Chris Boleman, Rodeo president and CEO. “The overwhelming amount of support we’ve received from donors, staff and volunteers shows the vast community that the Rodeo is comprised of. Each student has achieved an incredible amount, and we can’t wait to watch them succeed in their future.”

These 504 recipients represent most of the Rodeo’s scholarship programs, including Area Go Texan, Exhibitor, Hildebrand Family, Houston Area. Each scholarship can be applied toward a four-year undergraduate degree, for a total scholarship commitment of more than $10 million.

The scholarship recipients are a combination of different backgrounds and genders, attending colleges across Texas: 65 percent female and 35 percent male. Of the group, 25 percent of the recipients will be first-generation high school graduates and 47 percent will be first-generation college attendees. Scholars will attend 40 colleges and universities across the state, with the top three attending schools amongst the class being Texas A&M University, The University of Texas at Austin, and University of Houston. These students have chosen 109 different fields of study, with the top chosen majors being biology, nursing, and mechanical engineering.

The 2024 Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo scholarship recipients will be celebrated on Saturday, June 15 at NRG Center. The 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. event is a come-and-go celebration, designed to commemorate scholars and forge new connections. There will be interactive games and activities, and welcomes all recipients and their families.

Additional information about the Rodeo’s continued educational commitment can be found at

About the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo

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 $600 million to the youth of Texas and education. The 2025 Rodeo is scheduled for March 4 – March 23. The 2025 World’s Championship Bar-B-Que Contest, presented by Cotton Holdings, is scheduled for Feb. 27 – March 1. For more information, visit and follow @RODEOHOUSTON online via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube for all the latest news.