Scholarship Applications

The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo™ scholarship application is a two part process starting with an online application, then followed by supplemental application documents. Once you have submitted the online portion, the supplemental documents will be emailed to you. Application samples will be posted once available.

In order to qualify for a Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo scholarship, the guidelines below must be met.

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Important Dates

November All Applications Available Online
Feb. 4 All Applications Must be Submitted Online by 7:59 PM
Feb. 14
All Supplemental Documents Received by Educational Programs Office by 6:59 PM
Scholarship Banquet

Scholarship Types & Guidelines

General Scholarship Information For Eligible Graduating High School Seniors

Area Go Texan 79 950 19 1/3 Feb. 4, 2019 Feb. 14, 2019 PDF
Houston Area 350 950 19 1/2 Feb. 4, 2019 Feb. 14, 2019 PDF
Exhibitor 30 950 19 - Feb. 4, 2019 Feb. 14, 2019 PDF
Hildebrand 15 950 19 1/4 Feb. 4, 2019 Feb. 14, 2019 PDF
Military 5 950 19 1/4 Feb. 4, 2019 Feb. 14, 2019 PDF
School Art 15 950 19 1/4 Feb. 4, 2019 Feb. 14, 2019 PDF
4-H 70 Contact 4-H:
FFA 70 Contact FFA:

Scholarship Requirements

Applicants must meet ALL of the following requirements in order to be eligible for a Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo scholarship.

Be a U.S. citizen and Texas resident.

Graduated high school senior from eligible school.

Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid available October 2018.

Plan to attend an accredited, not-for-profit university in the State of Texas.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who can apply for a Show Scholarship?

The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo™ offers several different kinds of scholarships and eligibility requirements may vary. All applicants, however, must meet the following requirements:

  • Be a U.S. citizen; permanent residents are not eligible to apply.
  • Attend a public high school from which you will graduate at mid-term or in the spring of the year in which you seek an award. Students attending Charter Schools rated exemplary or recognized by the Texas Education Agency, are eligible to apply. Students who are home-schooled or who attend private or parochial schools are allowed to apply for School Art and Exhibitor scholarships.
  • Be a resident of the state of Texas.
  • Plan to attend a Texas college or university and have applied for admission to such an institution. The Show does not fund scholarships to attend out-of-state schools. Even if you plan to attend a school with an "open admissions" policy, you still must have applied at the time application is made.
  • Meet academic standards for class rank and SAT/ACT scores as stated within the application. No one may apply who has not taken either the SAT or ACT test and who cannot furnish documentation of scores.
  • Submit a completed application with appropriate documentation.

How can I get an application?

Applications for Metropolitan, Opportunity, School Art, Area Go Texan, Hildebrand, Military or Exhibitor scholarships must be submitted online, and will be accessible from this page.

To apply for a 4-H or FFA scholarship, visit the coordinating organization's website.

How do I submit my scholarship application?

Applications must be entered online and the required documents received by the Show office by the deadline date. Documents may be mailed to:

Office of Educational Programs
Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo
P.O. Box 20070
Houston, TX 77225-0070

Can I apply for more than one Show scholarship?

Yes, you can apply for all scholarships for which you are eligible.

Can I win more than one Show scholarship?

No. Recipients can receive only one Show scholarship.

Do I have to have shown an animal or have participated as an exhibitor to apply for a scholarship?

No, with three exceptions. The only Show scholarships that require an applicant to have exhibited at the Show are the Ruth Hildebrand (for junior lamb exhibitors) and the School Art (participants in the school art program) and Exhibitor (participants in one of the 16 eligible shows).

Do I have to major in agriculture?

No, there are no restrictions on the major field of study for any Show scholarship, as long as the major leads to a four-year degree.

Can I attend a community or junior college on a Show scholarship?

Yes, the Show funds its scholarship recipients who begin their academic pursuits at community colleges or junior colleges. However, the student must show academic progress and finish at a four-year institution if he/she has received a four-year award.

Can I attend an out-of-state school?

No, all recipients must attend a college or university in Texas.

My parents are members of the Show or work on Show committees. Can I apply for a scholarship?

Yes. Children of Show members or Show committee members are eligible to apply but receive no special consideration.

How are scholarship recipients selected?

Applications are evaluated by independent committees using a comprehensive score sheet with points awarded for academics, leadership and financial need.

When will scholarship winners be announced?

Scholarship applicants will be notified by the beginning of May.

Will all applicants be notified regardless if they win or not?

All students who submit a Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo scholarship application will be notified, regardless of the decision. 

Can applicants send SAT/ACT scored from College Board?

Applicants may print out a copy of their scores and mail them to the Show offices. The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo is not listed as an option for you to electronically send your scores on a testing date. Please make sure the applicant's name appears on the score sheet.

Why will the system not let me type my essay?

In some cases, it is recommended you type your essay in a text document and copy and paste the information into the application. 

Will the Show send an email confirming all required documents were received?

The Show will not verify, follow up or provide updates to students.

What is FAFSA and how do I file?

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid

You can file your FAFSA starting October 1. In order to complete the application, you may use your tax return from the prior-prior year.

If I win a scholarship, will you mail me a check?

The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo will issue scholarship payments directly to the school. No payments are made to individuals.

Contact Us

Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo™ Educational Programs Department
P.O. Box 20070
Houston, TX 77225

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