342 Houston-area students will receive scholarships from the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo totalling $5.13 million
Show officials will make short remarks prior to a group photo of the scholarship recipients near the conclusion of the event.
The Metropolitan, Opportunity and School Art scholarships are just a portion of the Show's annual educational commitment in excess of $11.2 million to the youth of Texas.
The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo's educational program is the lifeline of the Show's goal — benefiting youth, supporting education, and facilitating better agricultural practices through exhibitions and presentation.
Since the first scholarship in 1957, the Show has committed more than $140 million in educational program support.
In the fall of 2009, 2,092 students were enrolled at 90 Texas colleges and universities on direct Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo scholarships. The value of these scholarships is nearly $24.8 million.
All recipients of Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo scholarships must demonstrate academic potential, citizenship/leadership, and financial need, and they must attend a Texas college or university. With the exception of special scholarships labeled as such, all students may major in any field of study.
The Show annually awards the following scholarships at its Scholarship Banquet (additional scholarships are awarded throughout the year):
Metropolitan Scholarship (221)
The Show presents these $15,000 scholarships to Houston-area students from public school districts in Brazoria, Chambers, Fort Bend, Galveston, Harris, Liberty, Montgomery and Waller counties.
Since 1989, the Show has presented 3,014 Metropolitan scholarships worth more than $33 million.
For 2009–2010, 221 Metropolitan scholarships will be awarded worth $3,315,000.
Opportunity Scholarship (106)
The Show presents these $15,000 scholarships to Houston-area students from participating public school districts in Brazoria, Chambers, Fort Bend, Galveston, Harris, Liberty, Montgomery, and Waller counties based on financial need, academics, leadership, and community involvement.
Of these 106 Opportunity Scholarships, 44 will be designated for students from the Houston Independent School District, and 63 awards will be presented to students attending any of the participating public school districts, including HISD, and charter schools in the participating counties that has received an exemplary or recognized rating from the Texas Education Agency.
The criteria for these awards are based on 100 total possible points, of which the following possible maximum can be earned: 50 for financial need, 35 for academics, and 15 for leadership.
Created in 1998, the Show's current overall commitment to the Opportunity Scholarship program has been $12,690,000.
The 2009–2010 Opportunity Scholarship commitment is $1,590,000.
School Art Scholarship (15)
Recipients of School Art Scholarships qualify through their participation in the School Art Program, but are selected on academics, leadership and financial need. Fifteen four-year, $15,000 college scholarships will be presented for
2009 – 2010 worth $225,000.
Since 1972, the Show has presented more than 192 School Art scholarships worth $2,354,532.