In 2016, the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo (the "Show") will award 78 four-year, $18,000 Area Go Texan Scholarships to outstanding students graduating from public school districts in counties participating in the Show's Area Go Texan program.
The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo's educational programs are a significant part of the Show's goals of benefiting youth, supporting education, and facilitating better agricultural practices through exhibitions and presentation. All recipients of Show scholarships must demonstrate academic potential, citizenship/leadership and financial need, and they must attend a Texas college or university.
To be eligible to apply for, or to be awarded, an Area Go Texan Scholarship, an applicant must:
1. Be a citizen of the United States. If the applicantís transcript reflects a place of birth other than the United States, appropriate proof of citizenship must be furnished (i.e. a copy of the photo page of a valid U. S. passport, a copy of Naturalization Certificate or a birth certificate for U.S. Citizen Born Abroad). Applications submitted without proof of citizenship will not be considered. Students with permanent resident status are not eligible to apply.
2. Be a Texas resident.
3. Attend a public high school in one of the 68 participating counties, Anderson, Angelina, Aransas, Austin, Bastrop, Bee, Bell, Bosque, Brazos, Burleson, Caldwell, Calhoun, Cherokee, Colorado, Comanche, Coryell, DeWitt, Falls, Fayette, Freestone, Goliad, Gonzales, Gregg, Grimes, Hamilton, Hardin, Harrison, Henderson, Hill, Houston, Jackson, Jasper, Jefferson, Karnes, Lampasas, Lavaca, Lee, Leon, Limestone, Live Oak, Madison, Matagorda, McLennan, Milam, Mills, Nacogdoches, Navarro, Newton, Nueces, Orange, Panola, Polk, Refugio, Robertson, Rusk, Sabine, San Augustine, San Jacinto, San Patricio, Shelby, Smith, Trinity, Tyler, Victoria, Walker, Washington, Wharton, Williamson.
4. Be a graduating senior in the 2015-2016 school year.
5. Score at least a 950 on SAT or a 19 on ACT. A copy of official documentation of SAT/ACT scores must be submitted with the application. This may be a copy of the form sent by SAT/ACT, a print-out of scores, or a high school transcript listing scores. SAT score must be comprised of total points from the critical reading and mathematics sections of the test. Highest scores from each of these sections may be combined from different test dates to calculate total score. No updated test scores or academic scores or rankings will be accepted after the application due date.
6. Be ranked in the top third (1/3) of the graduating class at the completion of the first semester of the senior year. This ranking is to be verified as a part of the official transcript or by an accompanying certification from an appropriate school official.
7. Have made formal application to enroll with intent to attend an accredited, not-for-profit Texas college or university (accredited by The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges) and participate in a curriculum leading to a bachelorís degree.