From Enterprise Staff
Jaycee Graham, a recent graduate of Onalaska Junior Senior High School, is one of 493 students receiving a scholarship from the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo’s educational program.
These scholarships are part of the rodeo’s $14.1 million in scholarships and total annual commitment of more than $22 million in educational funding and are awarded to students across the state of Texas.
“Our mission of promoting agriculture while supporting Texas youth and education is at the core of everything we do at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo,” President and CEO Chris Boleman said. “We are proud of what these scholars have accomplished, and it is thanks to the generosity of our donors that we can support these students as they continue their educational journey.”
The 493 recipients represent the majority of the rodeo’s scholarship programs, including Area Go Texan, Exhibitor, Hildebrand Family, Houston Area, Military and School Art scholarships. Each student received $20,000 to apply toward a four-year undergraduate degree, for a total scholarship commitment of nearly $10 million.
Of the scholarship recipients, 68% are female and 32% are male. Thirty-five percent of the scholars are the first in their family to graduate high school and nearly half will be the first in their family to attend college. These scholars will attend 42 different Texas colleges and universities, and the top three schools these students will be attending are Texas A&M University, The University of Texas at Austin and University of Houston. These students have chosen 110 different fields of study, with the top chosen majors being biology, psychology and mechanical engineering.
Additional information about the rodeo’s continued educational commitment can be found at rodeohouston.com. 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 Barbecue Contest, presented by Cotton Holdings, is scheduled for Feb. 23-25. For more information, visit rodeohouston.com and connect with #rodeohouston online via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube for all the latest.