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Big Tex Scholarship Program

Scholarship Sponsored by State Fair of Texas

Value: $6,000
Awards Available: 150

The Big Tex Scholarship Program has awarded college scholarships to more than 2,700 students for a total of more than $13.7 million. Eligible recipients include graduating high school seniors around the state of Texas who have participated in competitive youth livestock events held at the State Fair, graduating seniors from six Dallas Independent School District high schools in the Fair Park area, and seasonal employees of the State Fair of Texas or their dependents.


1) Pete Schenkel Scholarship

Honoring its past Chairman Pete Schenkel each year, the State Fair of Texas awards multiple $6,000 scholarships to selected applicants from the following Fair Park-area high schools: Franklin D. Roosevelt High School, Irma Lerma Rangel Young Women's Leadership School, James Madison, Lincoln, North Dallas, and Woodrow Wilson High Schools.

2) Youth Livestock Scholarship

The State Fair of Texas awards $6,000 scholarships to selected applicants who have competed in specific competitive youth livestock events held at the State Fair. Scholarships are given to applicants who are graduating from a Texas high school, with preference to those enrolling in an agricultural-related or agricultural-benefiting natural science curriculum at a Texas college or university.

Eligible applicants must have competed in one or more of the following events:

Donkey & Mule Show, Youth Class
Horse Show: AHA, Youth Class
Horse Show: 5D Barrel Race, Youth Class
Horse Show: Youth RSNC Ranch Sorting
Horse Show: 4-H 4X4 Chute
Youth Rodeo
Junior Llama Show
Junior TLBT Longhorn Cattle Show
Junior TLBT Longhorn Showmanship
National Youth Food Challenge Contest
Youth Food Challenge Contest
Youth Agricultural Job Interview Contest
Youth Agricultural Public Speaking Contest
Youth Agricultural Science Fair
Youth Agriculture Mechanics Premier Exhibitor Sweepstakes
Youth Agriculture Mechanics Project Show and Tractor Restoration Contest
Youth AgRobotics Contest
Youth Archery Contest
Youth Agriculture Product Identification Contest
Youth Range and Pasture Plant Identification Contest
Youth Wildlife Contest
Youth Dairy Judging Contest
Youth Livestock Judging Contest
Youth Beef Skillathon Contest
Youth Sheep Skillathon Contest
Youth Swine Skillathon Contest
Youth Breeding Beef Heifer Show
Youth Breeding Beef Heifer Showmanship
Youth Breeding Gilt Show
Youth Breeding Gilt Showmanship
Youth Breeding Goat Show
Youth Breeding Goat Showmanship
Youth Breeding Sheep Show
Youth Breeding Sheep Showmanship
Youth Breeding Rabbit Show
Youth Dairy Cattle Show
Youth Dairy Cattle Showmanship
Youth Dairy Goat Show
Youth Dairy Goat Showmanship
Youth Market Barrow Show
Youth Market Broiler Show
Youth Market Goat Show
Youth Market Lamb Show
Youth Market Steer Show
Youth Prospect Steer Show
Youth Poultry Showmanship

3) Seasonal Employee Scholarship

First awarded in 2018, the State Fair of Texas Seasonal Employee Scholarship awards scholarships each year to seasonal staff members directly employed by the State Fair of Texas or to a dependent child, step-child, grandchild, step-grandchild, foster, or adopted child of the qualified seasonal employee. This scholarship is available for applicants who plan to attend an accredited two-year or four-year Texas college, university, or vocational-technical school. Eligible seasonal staff are those who have completed at least three years of seasonal employment as of January 1st of the year in which the scholarship is to be awarded, and have worked an average of 20 hours a week during the prior Fair. Recipients receive a $6,000 grant, renewable in pre-determined increments (paid by semester or term) if the student maintains a 3.0 GPA while working towards the completion of an eligible degree.

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