The Heart O’ Texas Fair & Rodeo awarded $250,000 in scholarships to 49 Texas students for the 2021-22 academic year. This continues the Fair & Rodeo’s tradition and mission of giving back through youth scholarships.
Tuesday night, students and their families attended the organization’s Scholar Recognition Banquet, underwritten by Alliance Bank Central Texas. Students receiving scholarships represented the following schools: Axtell, Belton, Burton, China Springs, Clear Creek, College Station, Fairfield, Florence, Gatesville, Grandview, Groesbeck, Hill Country Christian, Hillsboro, Holland, James Madison, Lakeland Preparatory, LaVega, Lorena , Midway, Miles, Navasota, Normangee, Rapoport Academy, Rockdale, Rogers, Rosebud-Lott, St. Dominic Savio, Troy, University, Vanguard, West, and Windthorst High School.
This is a record-breaking year in scholarship giving for the Heart O’ Texas Fair & Rodeo. The Top Scholar of the evening was Faith Lauderdale from Midway High School who received the Top Scholar and Board of Directors Scholarship in the amount of $25,000. The Reserve Top Scholar was Kendall Bone from College Station High School, and she received the Reserve Top Scholar and Heart O’ Texas Fair & Rodeo Scholarship for $20,000. Callie Welty from Grandview High School took home a $15,000 scholarship. All scholarships given ranged from $2,500 – $25,000.
“We are honored to announce these scholarships for these very serving students,” commented CEO and President Wes Allison. “Providing scholarships to the youth in this area is a core part of our mission here at the Heart O’ Texas Fair & Rodeo. And we wish these students the best of luck in their future education and hope to see some or all of them come back to the Central Texas area to build their careers and futures after they finish their education.”
These scholarships are part of the Heart O’ Texas Fair & Rodeo’s annual commitment of providing scholarships to Texas students which is made possible thanks to our sponsors and volunteers. Each year, our volunteer committees spend countless hours raising money through various fundraisers to contribute to this fund.
Since its beginning, the Heart O’ Texas Fair & Rodeo has committed more than $3.5 million to the youth of Texas. The Extraco Events Center, home of the Heart O’ Texas Fair & Rodeo, is the center of entertainment in Central Texas. Its mission is to produce events for education, entertainment and agricultural experiences while giving back through youth scholarships. The premier facilities host over 225 events with an attendance of 420,000 and a $47 million economic impact annually.
The 2022 Heart O’ Texas Fair & Rodeo will be held October 6–16. For more information about the Extraco Events Center, visit ExtracoEventsCenter.com. For more information about the Heart O’ Texas Fair & Rodeo, visit hotfair.com.