The Board of Directors of the State Fair of Texas awarded $5,000 college scholarships to 66 high school seniors throughout the state of Texas, 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 at a Texas state college or university.
Students in 55 cities throughout Texas received awards, including: Paige Bowling of Irene, Hannah Burrough of Weatherford, Scott Chachere of Dayton, Brody Coffelt of Whitney, Dalton Cooper of Conroe, Shelby Crockett of Clifton, Jennifer Crowl of Morse, Jay Crumley of Lorena, Richie DeMoss of Bowie, Bradly Duvall of Perryton, Paul Exley of Georgetown, Kenna Faulkenberry of Stephenville, Kaleb Fontenot of Cypress, Joelle Foster of Cedar Creek, Ashleigh Frost of Allen, Hannah Gaddy of Bushland, Dillon Garner of Rotan, Cody Garrett of Cuero, Courtney Gipson of Gilmer, Hannah Halfmann of Garden City, Brayden Hawkins of Cleburne, Danielle Heater of Stinnett, Sydney Herring of Franklin, Haley Herzog of Robinson, Jordan Hevner of Adkins, Carly Hoffmann of New Braunfels, Jeb Hogan of Franklin, Maddison Holder of Cleburne, Hunter Howard of Krum, Taylor Howard of Lamesa, Will Hussey of Bryan, Lauren Kilpatrick of Copper Canyon, Cameron Knight of Shallowater, Tate Leatherwood of Florence, MaKayla Lewis of Springtown, Isaac Mason of Justin, Anna Maulsby of College Station, Casey McCleery of Poolsville, Jolee Meurer of Abbott, Cheyanne Millican of Seminole, Amy Beth Moran of Elmendorf, Sarah Muehlstein of Kerrville, Emily Mullins of Golden, Caleb Murphy of Cleburne, Joshua Murphy of Cleburne, Taylor Muzny of Caldwell, Hank Nelson of Ore City, Micah Newton of New Boston, Casey Parish of Conroe, Wyatt Pearson of Elgin, Cole Perkins of Castell, Mark Randall of Lockhart, Price Ruffin of Mason, Lexie Schaefer of Garden City, Michaela Scott of Weatherford, Keeley Sears of Weatherford, James Short of Voss, Baylee Smith of Hempstead, Jordan Smith of Lubbock, Mackenzie Spisak of Fredericksburg, Justana Tate of McLean, Jaci Tischler of Anson, Trevor Vaughn of Windthorst, Chelsi Vineyard of Stephenville, Jordan Weathers of Lubbock, and Quinton Whitfield of Stephenville.
In addition to the 66 new scholarship recipients, 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, in addition to the Youth Livestock Scholarships, the State Fair of Texas awards multiple $5,000 college scholarships to selected applicants from five Dallas Independent School District 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. This year, 51 new recipients were awarded State Fair of Texas Pete Schenkel Scholarships.
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.
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About the State Fair of Texas
Since its inception in 1886, the State Fair of Texas has celebrated all things Texan by promoting agriculture, education, and community involvement through quality entertainment in a family-friendly environment. The State Fair of Texas is a non-profit organization with all proceeds helping to preserve and improve Fair Park and underwrite museum, community and scholarship programs for inner city youth and students pursuing agricultural careers. The 2014 exposition runs September 26 through October 19 in Fair Park. Visit BigTex.com for more information.