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.”

2021 Pete Schenkel Scholarship Recipients

Alexandra Saucedo

Alexis Smith

Angelina Cruz

Arianna Banda

Carolyn Rivera

Chason Britt

Christian Henry

Christopher Gomez

Daisy Garcia Donato

Daysean Means

Eddie Cherry-Simmons

Eleanor Adams

Eliana Olivas

Emma Lloyd

Erin Smith

Gabriella Williams

Gabrielle Meekins

Grace Pulis

Gustavo Macedo

Hannah Shreiner

Hugo Lopez

Humberto Romo

Iliana Morfin

Irayana Wilson

Jackeline Ramirez

Jackson Miller

Janejira Chapoomee

Jayden Ramirez

Jennifer Lainez

Jennifer Lopez

Jerry Salas

Karizma Smith

Kennedy Blackman

Kriste Tran

Laura Ibanez

Lauren Garcia

Lisa Rattanakone

Lizbeth Arellano

Lizbeth Sanchez

Llasmin Arce

Mackenzie Amaya

Marleny Ulloa

McKenzie Rentie

McKynzie Johnson

Meia Cole

Melanie Vazquez Reyna

Melany Matute

Mya Morrison

Naemy Asmorom

Nancy Galarza

Natalie Bustamante

Natalie Rosas Rosas

Princess Igwe-Icho

Rayven Griffin

Ricardo Ramirez

Rosa Olivo

Ruth Briones

Shaja Vaughn

Skylar Linker

Tayla Slone

Tayvion Godbolt

TeAna Henderson

Tremarrion Wheeler

Ugenia Silva

Vanessa Ortiz

Ysamar Tineo

Yvette Acevedo

2021 Youth Livestock Scholarship Recipients

Abby Burkham

Abby Law

Abigail Mayer

Addison Schneider

Alexandria Harris

Alysa Brown

Anna Hiser

Anna Wyle

Annie Horton

Annika Stevens

Ashlyn Summers

Augusta Reding

Avery Flanagan

Benjamin Glass

Brandi Connally

Breann Connally

Brendel O’Brien

Brittley Bowers

Brittyn LeCompte

Caden Carver

Caitlyn Hobbs

Carson Reed

Channing Pieniazek

Chloe Krause

Colter Darilek

Cooper Ford

Cooper Silco

Courtney Thurman

Cynthia Parker

Dalton Outlaw

Dane Sullivan

Daniel Raab

Danielle Marcantel

Donald Ivey III

Emily Ecord

Emma Hurst

Ethan Spearman

Giselle Ashton

Hallie Thomas

Harris Albracht

Hunter Gregory

Jace Owen

Jacob Norwood

Janae Braune

Jaxson Zimmemran

Kace Murphy

Kalli Kimble

Kari Schulte

Karlie Lowe

Katelyn Burns

Kayce Lopez

Kayden Perry

Keene Kreusler

Kendyll Williams

Kloe Walker

Kolby Sims

Kollen Furr Thompson

Kooper Martin

Kurt Bordovsky

Kyla Kirk

Kyla Moseley

Kyle Vahlenkamp

Kynlee Stephens

Landon Stem

Landri Hicks

Lannie Farris

Luke Read

Maddie O’Leary

Madison Colvin

Madylin Moczygemba

Marla Iselt

Megan Bindseil

Michael Penner

Morgan Howe

Morgan Ray

Payton Berry

Payton Ownbey

Rachel Barrett

Raegan Sumrow

Ramzey Zimmerman

Randen Reep

Reed Thorn

Rudy Beck

Ryan Hess

Rylee McKinney

Sarah Beth Brittain

Savannah Allen

Savannah Johnston

Shaiden Justice

Taylor Barrett

Taylor Delong

Taylor Jade Spencer

Thomas Powers

Trey Corn

Weston McElroy

Wyatt Henske

Zoey Pruitt

2021 State Fair of Texas Seasonal Employee Scholarship Recipients

Leanne Yancey

Marilyn Johnson