Big Tex Scholarship Program Recipients

Texan Leaders in the Making

From graduating high school seniors in our South Dallas neighborhood, to students throughout the Lone Star State with livestock and agricultural backgrounds, and State Fair of Texas seasonal employees, we are proud of our scholarship recipients and their dedication to higher education. Our Big Tex scholars are currently working towards earning degrees across 47 different Texas universities and colleges. We applaud them for their eagerness to make a difference in their community while staying diligent in their studies. We look forward to investing in each student’s journey as they continue to follow their dreams.

2018 Pete Schenkel Scholar, Cinthia Rayas


“Every time I hear state fair it reminds me of the first scholarship I have received and the first ones who opened doors to my dreams. They were the reason I continue pushing myself to be better. I love going to the fair. Being a Big Tex Scholar has been a blessing because I am able to see they had my back from the beginning. This title means so much to me, how even though doors were closed this door was open and I can tell my future kids how my dreams and hopes where able to be reached because of the state fair scholarship.”

2020 Youth Livestock Scholar, Macie McCollum


“I remember attending the State Fair of Texas when I was six years old. I was in awe of Big Tex, of the fair food, and the livestock show. At the age of nine I exhibited my very steer at the fair winning Reserve Champion Lightweight British. It was my first taste of success in the show ring and to this day it was one of the sweetest. Fast forward ten years…being a Big Tex Scholar truly shows that my involvement with the State Fair of Texas has come full circle, and I could not be prouder of my hard work to accomplish this.”

2017 Youth Livestock Scholar, Dylan Sione


“I had to take a two-year gap year because of a severe car crash. I was originally supposed to be a part of the class of 2021, but the night before classes, I was hit as a pedestrian by a car travelling 70 mph and sustained a broken tibia/fibula in both legs and a fractured occipital socket among other lacerations. It took 7 surgeries over the course of two years to get to where I am now. I am not back to where I was before, but I am able to walk around campus and try to be a normal college student (even if I am a couple years older than the rest of the people in my class). A lot of my college savings was used to help cover medical costs, so having this scholarship has been extremely helpful.”

2020 Pete Schenkel Scholarship Recipients

Jaila Acevedo

Isabela  Alameda

Giuliana Alcaraz

Victor Alvarez

Vanessa Aquino

Christopher Arce

Dagim   Assefa

Angelo  Banda

Joselin   Barbosa

Jakiyah  Beasley

Beau Becker

Nykera  Braziel

Kimi Brown

Brooklyn Brown

Katherine Brown

Julia Burnett

Alexis Canelo

Veronica Castaneda

Jacksary Castanon

Esther Castillo

Lauren Chaparro

Caroline Chauza

Yarely Cruz Castillo

Jackson Cunniff

Darinae Dallas

Ashly Delgado

Gloria Farris

Sofia Furrh

Jasmine Garcia

Marco Garcia Wong

Mia Garrett

Jessica Glover

Jasmine Gonzalez

Ana Graciano

Yomara Gutierrez

Danyelle Hampton

Femiah  Henderson

Crystal Henry

Gabriela Hernandez

Freddy Huitron

Char’Mondria Jones

Jose Juarez Trejo

Maria Lopez

Maria Martinez

Abigail Martinez

Kirby McDonald

LaNaria Miles

Jesus Moreno

Juana Najera

Jacquelyn Neri

Tina Nguyen

Charles  Ortega

Victoria Puente

Quinn Rainey

Estefania Ramirez

Ricardo Ramirez

Charlize Randle

Kiara Reece-Simpson

Evelyn Reyna

Viridiana Rico

Nayeli Rico

Zyjae Ridley

Mariana Rios

Jennette Robertson

Za’Naya Robinson

Guadalupe Roman

Emely Romo

Semaja  Smith

Jaylin Thibodeaux

Christina Thomas

Nohemi Torres

Dulce Tovar

Jackie Vega

Madysen Walker

Jayla Ward

Drazell Washington

Joseph Wehrmann

Elizabeth Whiteside

Ashton Williams

Hannah Wilson

John Winslow

Jade Young

2020 Youth Livestock Scholarship Recipients

Anna Abbe

Erica Adams

Wrye Akers

Colby Allensworth

Shannon Anderson

Bayleigh Becker

Shelby Berckenhoff

Kamryn Bevel

Brooke  Blackshear

Rachel Bradford

Brittney Brown

Mackenzee Burton

Hailey Byrd

Kallie Childress

Tatum Christie

Riley Cook

Kaden Cornelius

Meghan Coursey

Kyle Coward

Cassady Craddock

Rachel Crane

Hailey Crumley

Justin Crumpton

Bryanne Cude

Cassidi DeArmond

Clint Demmitt

Dacey Dietiker

Blake Dunkel

Nathan  Feuquay

Payton  Fletcher

Nathan  Friesenhahn

Kandra  Fullen

Mary Gilliland

Juna Glasscock

Baylee Glaze

Hallie Hall

Bryce Hamlin

Cade Hellman

Abigail Hooper

Brantly Hoover

Jagger Horn

Miles Huffhines

Madilynn Isaacs

Jaleigh Ivy

Maggie Jedlicka

Kevin Jendrusch

Savannah Keel

Karson   Kelso

Katelyn  Klawinsky

Bailey Lamb

Trista Lawson

McKinley Lee

Mikaela Loerwald

Kelton Marek

Kennedy Marshall

Reagan McCawley

Macie McCollum

Kaylee McInvale

Bonnie McKinzie

Mason Meier

Colton Meurer

MacKenzi Miller

Blake Mills

Dave Mitchell

Hailey Moore

Jayce Morgan

Annah Morris

Caitlyn Muckensturm

Cheyenne Neal

Emma Nowotny

Gracie Oates

Taylor O’Brien

Sydney  Orsborn

Jesse Outlaw

Dylan Outlaw

Raylee Pack

Orrin Parker

Rowdy Pearson

Rette Peters

Madison Peterson

Kadee Petty

Graci Phillips

Anna Pickering

Kelton Poe

Cutter Pohlman

Reagan Powers

Kalah Pressley

Evan Price

Gracen  Proctor

Samantha Raney

Ashlyn Real

John Reaves

Alexis Ruthart

Emerald Salinas

Emilee Sanderson

Payton Schertz

Skylor Schertz

Anna Schieberle

Madyson Schulze

Cambree Schwartz

Sierra Sebesta

Reed Seidenberger

Charlotte Smalley

Eric Smith

Casey Smith

Colton Smith

Faith Snapp

Ryan Stephens

Zoie Stevens

Mikaela Terry

Kailey Thomas

Kellie Tondre

Zane Wanjura

Daylin Watkins

Rachel White

Taylor Williams

Presley  Wirebaugh

Maci Wisdom

Nicholas Withaeger

Kayla Wunderlich

2020 State Fair of Texas Seasonal Employee Scholarship Recipients

Vickie Glasco

Madison Mathers