Big Tex Scholarship Program

Big Tex Scholarship Program

Established in 1992, the Big Tex Scholarship Program has awarded college scholarships to more than 2,200 students for a total of more than $11.3 million. Eligible recipients include graduating high school seniors around the state of Texas who have participated in competitive youth livestock events held at the State Fair, graduating seniors from six Dallas Independent School District high schools in the Fair Park area, and seasonal employees of the State Fair of Texas or their dependents.

Youth Scholarships

Pete Schenkel Scholarships
Honoring its past Chairman Pete Schenkel each year, the State Fair of Texas awards multiple $6,000 scholarships to selected applicants from the following Fair Park-area high schools: Franklin D. Roosevelt High School, Irma Lerma Rangel Young Women’s Leadership School, James Madison, Lincoln, North Dallas, and Woodrow Wilson High Schools.

Youth Livestock Scholarships
The State Fair of Texas awards $6,000 scholarships to selected applicants who have competed in specific competitive youth livestock events held at the State Fair. Scholarships are given to applicants who are graduating from a Texas high school, with preference to those enrolling in an agricultural-related or agricultural-benefiting natural science curriculum at a Texas college or university.

Seasonal Employee Scholarships

First awarded in 2018, the State Fair of Texas Seasonal Employee Scholarship awards scholarships each year to seasonal staff members directly employed by the State Fair of Texas or to a dependent child, step-child, grandchild, step-grandchild, foster, or adopted child of the qualified seasonal employee. This scholarship is available for applicants who plan to attend an accredited two-year or four-year Texas college, university, or vocational-technical school. Eligible seasonal staff are those who have completed at least three years of seasonal employment as of January 1st of the year in which the scholarship is to be awarded, and have worked an average of 20 hours a week during the prior Fair. Recipients receive a $6,000 grant, renewable in pre-determined increments (paid by semester or term) if the student maintains a 3.0 GPA while working towards the completion of an eligible degree.

2019 Scholarship Application

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Scholarship Frequently Asked Questions

What are the requirements for scholarship renewal?

You must attend an accredited college or university within the state of Texas. You must enroll in, and pass, a minimum of 12 hours each semester. You must achieve a minimum 2.5 GPA your first semester and a 3.0 cumulative GPA for every semester thereafter. To clarify, if you make below a 3.0 one semester but your cumulative GPA is still at least a 3.0, you meet the required GPA. For those of you who have received a State Fair of Texas Youth Livestock Scholarship, you must be enrolled in an agricultural-related or agricultural-benefiting curriculum.

What happens if I don’t make the GPA requirement?

Please contact Taylor Austin if you are concerned about your GPA. The GPA policy is as follows: if you fail to meet the GPA requirement for 1 semester, you can receive 1 “free pass” and are still eligible for renewal. As the student, it is your responsibility to request the use of your “free pass.” If you fail to meet the GPA requirement for 2 semesters, you will be put on “probation” and you will not receive your funds the following semester but will be eligible for renewal in the future if you meet the GPA requirement the following semester. If you fail to meet the GPA requirement for 3 semesters, your scholarship will be canceled and you will no longer be eligible to receive funds.

What happens if I have to drop a class and don’t meet the 12 hour minimum?

Please contact Taylor if you are going to drop a class that will put you below the 12 hour minimum. The policy for credit hours is the same as the GPA policy (see previous question).

If I need less than 12 hours to graduate, will I be penalized for not meeting the requirement?

No, you will not be penalized for taking less than 12 hours if you require less than 12 hours to graduate. Please let Taylor know if you will be taking less than 12 hours.

What happens to the remainder of my scholarship funds if I graduate early?

The Fair cannot “double up” on payments for students graduating early, meaning you can’t receive double the normal amount for one semester. If you are taking summer classes, you may use your funds during the summer (see below for details). Depending on how early you are graduating, you might not end up receiving the full scholarship amount that you would have over 4 years. In cases where students graduate early and do not use their full 4 years-worth of funds, the remaining money goes back into the State Fair Youth Scholarship Fund and is put towards funding the next round of scholarship recipients.

If I’m graduating early and am taking summer classes, can I use my scholarship funds during the summer?

Yes, students graduating early can use their funds for summer classes. Please contact Taylor before the end of your spring semester so she can process your request and send the check to your college in time for your summer classes. Students can receive one semester’s worth of payments (for most students this is $750) to use for summer classes since summer school is the equivalent of 1 regular semester. Email Taylor a copy of your summer class schedule to verify your enrollment.

What do I have to submit via AcademicWorks in order to qualify for scholarship renewal?

You must submit a file that includes a copy of your final grades from the spring 2018 semester, your GPA from the spring 2018 semester and your cumulative GPA. Most transcripts and grade reports provided by your college include all 3 of these items, however if you do not have a report that includes all 3 items you should be able to upload multiple documents when you submit the file upload.

Do I have to submit my official transcript via AcademicWorks?

No, you do NOT need to submit your official transcript. You may upload either an unofficial copy of your transcript or a scanned copy/screen shot of your final semester grades. Usually the best format for uploading your file is to save it as a PDF.

Am I still required to submit a progress letter at the end of each semester?

You are no longer required to submit a progress letter at the end of each semester. However, if you have dropped below the required minimum of 12 hours or have failed to meet the required minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA (2.5 GPA for first-semester freshman), please email Taylor with a brief explanation as to why this has occurred.

When is the deadline for submitting my grades to AcademicWorks?

You have to submit your grades to AcademicWorks by Wednesday, June 13, 2018. Late grades or grades sent via email will not be accepted. Please do not wait until the last minute to upload your grades – if you are having issues uploading your grades to AcademicWorks, call or email Taylor as soon as possible so she can assist you.

If I already emailed/mailed my grades to Taylor, do I still need to upload them to AcademicWorks?

Yes, you still need to upload your grades to AcademicWorks even if you already emailed or mailed them to Taylor.

I’m having trouble logging in to my AcademicWorks account for the first time. What should I do?

When you click on the link sent in the original email, it should take you to the main sign-in page. If clicking the link doesn’t work, try copying and pasting the link into a new browser page. Click “Trouble Signing In,” then enter your email address (the same address where the original email was sent), then click “Resend Confirmation.” You should receive an email with instructions on how to confirm your account.

I am trying to access my AcademicWorks account for the first time but haven’t received a confirmation email. What should I do?

First, make sure you are using the same email address that was originally tied to your account, which is the address the AcademicWorks email was sent to. Second, check your spam folder to make sure the email didn’t get sent there. If the email is not in your spam folder, email Taylor and let her know you’ve checked your spam and still haven’t received a confirmation email.

I’m having trouble logging in to my AcademicWorks account and now it says I’m locked out. What do I do?

If you try to log in several times unsuccessfully, the system will lock you out for 1 hour. After 1 hour you should be able to try again. If you are having trouble remembering your password, see the following question.

I can’t remember my password, how do I reset it?

If you can’t remember your password, click “trouble signing in” on the main log-in page, type in the email address tied to your account, then click “recover password.” This should send you an automated email with a link instructing you how to reset your password. The link to reset your password expires after 6 hours for security reasons, so make sure you use the link within that time frame. Make sure to check the spam/junk folder of your inbox for this email – sometimes automated emails are recognized as junk mail and won’t show up in your regular inbox.

I am trying to access my AcademicWorks account through the link sent in one of the automated emails, but the link is telling me there is an error. What do I do?

This link is only valid for one-time use, so after you’ve clicked it once and logged in to your account, the link will expire. Instead of using this link, open a new browser window, go to and log in through the main page.

I’ve accessed my AcademicWorks account and was able to log in; now it’s taken me to the General Application page and says I have to complete it; do I need to fill this out?

No, you do not need to complete the General Application. This is only for new applicants and does not apply to students who are renewing their scholarship. The only information you need to provide is the file upload of your semester grades & GPA.

I’ve created an AcademicWorks account and was able to log in; now where do I go to submit my grades?

Once you’ve logged in, go to the top left corner of the page and click “Applications.” Next, click “spring 2018 Renewal.” This should take you to a page with instructions to upload a file of your spring 2018 semester grades & GPA. Click “Add File” and select the file or files you want to upload. Once you’ve uploaded your file(s), click “Update Your Application.”

I’ve logged in successfully but am now having issues uploading my grades. What do I do?

What internet browser are you using? Some students have reported having issues using Internet Explorer and many were able to solve their problems just by switching to Google Chrome, Firefox, etc.

I want to use a different email address for my AcademicWorks account, how do I change the email address that is tied to my account?

You aren’t able to do this yourself, this is something that the administrator (Taylor) has to do on the back end. Call or email Taylor and include the new email address you would like to use. Please do not set up a second account with a different email address – this will mess things up in the system.

2018 Pete Schenkel and Youth Livestock Scholarship Recipients

Aaricka Thomas

Aaron Furman

Abbey Ivey

Adam Becker

Afton Compton

Akieryni West

Alejandra Hernandez

Alejandro Murillo

Alexa Zotos

Alexandra Ely

Aliyah Reeves

Allison Morgan

Alma Macias

Alyssa Simpson

Amy Phan

Aneja Cardell

Angelica Islas

Annabelle Furrh

Antonia Cabanas

Antonio Zaragoza

Aolany Sanchez

Ashley Simpson

Audrey Acord

Audrey Blumenstock

Bailee McKay

Bailey Teter

Bailey Thorin

Baylee Hogan

Blaine Gibson

Breanna Bowen

Breckyn LeCompte

Brenda Cruz

Brianna Coleman

Broderinique Knox

Brynden Andrews

Caitlin Williams

Caleb Kott

Carly Williams

Caroline Wolf

Carson Millican

Carson Read

Cassidey Weems

Cate Harris

Charlotte Devine

Chase Coursey

Chastity Chavez

Chloe Mabry

Cierra Dickerson

Cinthia Rayas

Cinthya Meza

Claire Plemons

Claudia Canales

Clayton Ramsey

Cody Harris

Cole Crownover

Conner Metcalfe

Cristy Ottenwarden

Daniel Ramos

Daniela Saldana

Darci Gann

David Caro

David Hemphill

Dayjus Hill

Dragana Djakovic

Dulce Ipina Valencia

Eliza Lazenby

Elizabeth Mcpherson

Elizabeth Torres

Emily Brite

Emily Hoelscher

Emily Rosas

Emily Terry

Erica Boulden

Erin Steglich

Esperanza Manqueros

Ethan Rose

Fabiola Murillo

Fatima Mendoza

Fernanda Roman

Graceann Mullins

Haley Houston

Haley Pollard

Hannah Hull

Havanna Williams

Helen Garcia

Henry Lloyd

Hunter Grant

J’keisha Collins

J’otvia Lewis

Jael Tesfaye

Jaimie Jones

Jalee Luna

James Cochran

James Rogers

Jaqueline Cepeda

Jasmine Diaz

Jason Solorzano-Delacruz

Jayla Lair

Jayli Teeters

Jennifer Calderon

Jennifer Romero Vasquez

Jennifer Ulloa

Jennifer Villalobos

Jerah Marie Sanchez

Jessica Dykes

Jessica Spenrath

Jesus Orta

Jocelyn Jasso

Jodi Toler

John Branch

John Lowry

John Morgan

John Womack

John Woodard

Jordan Hess

Jose Aranda

Julia Van Witzenburg

Justin Wells

Kaleigh Meador

Kameron Riddle

Kamlynn Thomas

Karen Devora Cigarroa

Kassi Koy

Katelyn Bell

Katelyn Caldwell

Katelyn Cozart

Katherine Villa

Kathy Nguyen

Katie Perkins

Kayla Seale

Kelly Montes De Oca

Kennedy Caldwell

Kennedy Taylor

Kevin Salomon

Kia Hooker-Russell

Kiana Moore

Kiara Hooker-Russell

Kiara Kabbara

Kiaya Johnson

Kindall Manning

Kullen Sorrels

Kyla Seale

Kylie burns

Kylie Harlan

Kymarra Lewis

Kymber Fleitman

Kyndal Sligh

Laderrika Holland

Latimer Burnett

Lauren Hillert

Lauren Lee

Lauren Prescher

Lauryn Luttrull

Leonel Campos

Leslie King

Lexus Yow

Liyat Assefa

Lucero Perez

Luke Dotson

Macey Thurman

Maci Loving

Madeline Mcculloch

Makenzie Newton

Malayshia Roberson

MArcus Rogers

Marino Sanchez

Matthew Wallace

McKenzie Brightwell

McKenzie Castro

Megan Burgess

Melany Ochoa

Melissa Serrano

Micah Trull

Michael Kavas

Monica Ozuna De Luna

Montarius Reed

Morgan Hollingsworth

Naila Lopez

Nicole Jones

Paige Perryman

Paityn Glaze

Paul Kraus

Payton Evans

Qua’Dajea Rogers

Randa Slone

Randy Denton

Regan Merryfield

Regan Watson

Riley Reep

Rosa Perez

Ruby Cardenas

Ryli Ruffin

Sadie Bow

Samantha Corn

Sandra Moreno

Shae Rimpel

Shane Flanagan

Stephany Soto

Sterling Friedrich

Sterling Pieniazek

Tanner Miller

Tanner Stokes

Tara Glasscock

Tatum Whitewood

Tatyana Dunn

Tatyana Wright

Taylor Boone

Taylor Loeffler

Taylor Yates

Teegan Mackey

Thomas Tolliver

Tommy Nguyen

Tonarion Jenkins

Travion Williams

Travis West

Trong Hoang

Tyler Griffeth

Victoria Arenas

Victoria Parkey

Victoria Ramsey

Wesley Fehrle

Whitney Johnson

William Warncke

Yaumiri Subiza

2018 State Fair of Texas Seasonal Employee Scholarship Recipients

Jack Hyland

Camisha Nelson

Kailyn Newsom

Lakiaya Stephens