We are proud to announce another year of supporting Texas students through new college scholarships, with the State Fair of Texas awarding more than $1.2 million in new college scholarships this year. We are awarding 202 scholarships to deserving students across the Lone Star State: 77 Juanita Craft Scholarships, 119 Youth Livestock Scholarships, two Seasonal Employee Scholarships, one Benny Clark Memorial Scholarship, one Clarice Tinsley Journalism Scholarship, one Peggy Sloan Memorial Scholarship, and one Terry Griffin Memorial Scholarship. Since its establishment in 1992, the Big Tex® Scholarship Program has continued to uphold the State Fair’s nonprofit mission of supporting agriculture, education, and community involvement.
In its 31-year history, the Big Tex Scholarship Program has awarded scholarships to more than 3,000 students for a program total of more than $16.1 million. Honoring the legacy of South Dallas resident and civil rights activist Juanita Craft, each year, the State Fair awards college scholarships to selected applicants from six Dallas ISD high schools surrounding the Fair Park area – Irma Lerma Rangel Young Women’s Leadership School, Franklin D. Roosevelt, James Madison, Lincoln, North Dallas, and Woodrow Wilson high schools. In addition, the State Fair awards scholarships to selected applicants who have participated in youth livestock competitions at the State Fair of Texas. The Seasonal Employee Scholarship serves as a thank you to the Fair’s seasonal employees for their hard work and dedication to the State Fair of Texas – both qualified seasonal employees and their dependents are eligible for this opportunity.
“With the help of The Big Tex Scholarship Program, I am a step closer to pursuing my life goals and furthering my education to bigger and better places,” said 2022 Juanita Craft Scholarship recipient, A’Nyah Peters of Woodrow Wilson High School. “I plan on attending a four-year university, something that many of my family members did not accomplish. I will be majoring in nursing, in hopes to become a NICU nurse in the future. You can guarantee that your committee will be investing in a diligent student attempting to make a way out into the world. Thank you all for providing another opportunity to help fund my college expenses.”
“The Big Tex Scholarship will help me with my future goals of becoming an immigration lawyer debt-free.” said 2022 Juanita Craft Scholarship recipient and first-generation college student, Macie Cisneros of North Dallas High School. “This scholarship is allowing me to pursue my career at no cost and helping me achieve the goals I have always dreamed of.”
“I was given the opportunity to work with the State Fair of Texas’s Media Team during my junior year in high school,” said 2022 Youth Livestock Scholarship recipient Callie Welty. “This experience was tremendously valuable in helping me not only find my major for college but also my passion and purpose. I plan to find new and innovative ways to advocate for agriculture worldwide. I owe a huge thank you to the State Fair for this scholarship and for helping me find my future career!”
A total of 77 graduating seniors from six DISD high schools were awarded the State Fair of Texas Juanita Craft Scholarship, including:
Brian Higgins Jr.
Britney Mercado Benitez
Ximena De Leon
Two recipients were awarded the State Fair of Texas Seasonal Employee Scholarship, including:
A total of 119 Youth Livestock Scholarships were awarded to graduating seniors from across the Lone Star State, including:
Carson Esker Dugger
Recipients receive a $6,000 grant, renewable each semester if the student meets the criteria for renewal. Students must attend an accredited college or university within the state of Texas. In order to qualify for scholarship renewal, recipients must enroll in, and pass, a minimum of 12 hours each semester. In addition, recipients must achieve a minimum 2.5 GPA their first semester and a 3.0 cumulative GPA for every semester thereafter.
The State Fair also awards several ancillary scholarships where outstanding students are awarded an additional $6,000 over four years to combine with the initial awarded $6,000 scholarship, for a total of $12,000 to put towards higher education.
- Receiving this year’s Benny Clark Memorial Scholarship, Brady Wilson embodies the qualities of a strong leader in agriculture education.
- While millions of viewers in the Dallas/Fort Worth area know Clarice Tinsley for her work as a FOX4 News Anchor, the State Fair of Texas recognizes her as a longtime friend and supporter of its Scholarship Program. The Clarice Tinsley Journalism Scholarship is awarded to one outstanding student – a sophomore Big Tex Scholarship recipient who is pursuing a degree in journalism. This year’s recipient is Kyla Moseley.
- Awarded to a strong leader and graduating senior from Irma Lerma Rangel Young Women’s Leadership School, this year’s recipient of the Peggy Sloan Memorial Scholarship is Lizbeth Martinez.
- The Terry Griffin Memorial Scholarship is awarded to an outstanding sophomore in the Big Tex Scholarship Program with the highest GPA. This year’s recipient is Youth Livestock Scholar, Zane Wanjura.
The Fair congratulates all of these deserving students on their accomplishments and is happy to support them in pursuing their aspirations for higher education. Local scholarship recipients and their families will enjoy an awards fair hosted by the State Fair of Texas, celebrating the 2022 Scholars and all their accomplishments.
The State Fair of Texas is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and does not receive any government funding or support. Its nonprofit purpose is funded through the proceeds from the annual State Fair of Texas event. The net proceeds from the Fair are reinvested in Fair Park in the form of capital improvements; given as scholarships to deserving students throughout the state of Texas; used to support Fair Park museum facilities and community outreach programs; and used to improve the State Fair’s operation. Help support the Fair’s mission of celebrating all things Texan by promoting agriculture, education, and community involvement through quality entertainment in a family-friendly environment at this year’s exposition. We look forward to welcoming you back to the 2022 State Fair of Texas with a great, big “Howdy, Folks!” starting September 30 and running through October 23.