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2014 Pete Schenkel Scholarship Luncheon

The Board of Directors of the State Fair of Texas honored the 2014 Dallas Independent School District State Fair of Texas Pete Schenkel Scholarship recipients at a luncheon in The Music Hall at Fair Park. This year’s keynote speaker was Richie Butler, founding senior pastor of Union Cathedral and managing director of Prescott Group. KDFW Fox 4 news anchor, Clarice Tinsley, made the presentations of the scholarship awards to each student.

A total of 51 seniors received awards. In addition to the Pete Schenkel winners, the State Fair of Texas renewed scholarships for 176 existing recipients who are currently attending a college or university within Texas.

The State Fair of Texas Scholarship Program was established in 1992. Each year, to honor its past Chairman Pete Schenkel, the State Fair of Texas awards multiple $5,000 college scholarships to selected applicants from five DISD high schools surrounding the Fair Park area – Irma Lerma Rangel Young Women’s Leadership School, James Madison, Lincoln, North Dallas and Woodrow Wilson High Schools.

In addition, the State Fair awards $5,000 scholarships to selected applicants who have participated in the State Fair of Texas Youth Livestock competitive events and who are enrolling in an agricultural-related or agricultural-benefiting natural science curriculum.

Scholastic performance is important, with preference given to students ranking in the top 25% of their class. All scholarships require that the student attends an accredited college or university within the State of Texas, and exhibits high scholastic achievement by maintaining a cumulative 3.0 or better grade point average, in order to be renewed. Scholarships are paid over four years, with the payment going directly to the college or university on the student’s behalf.

Over its 22 year history, this program has received and reviewed 3,746 applications and has provided scholarships to 1,379 students for a total of over $3.7 million dollars, including this year’s applicants.

2014 Pete Schenkel Scholarship Luncheon Gallery
2015 Scholarship Applications

Applications for the 2015 Pete Schenkel and livestock scholarship programs will be available after November of 2014.

Eligible high school seniors should note that these scholarships are for in-state schools only. No out-of-state scholarships are offered by the State Fair of Texas.

General questions may be sent to scholarships@bigtex.com.