Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo officials presented 79 students from across Texas with nearly $1.6 million in scholarships during the Area Go Texan Scholarship Banquet.

“These talented students represent the 68 Area Go Texan counties surrounding Houston, and we are extremely proud to support their educational journey as they pursue their dreams at some of the finest colleges and universities across our great state,” said Joel Cowley, Rodeo president and CEO.

Of the students receiving an Area Go Texan scholarship, 36% are first-generation college students, 70% are female and 30% are male. These scholars will be attending 19 different Texas colleges and universities and will major in 39 different fields of study. The top three schools these students will attend are Texas A&M University, The University of Texas at Austin and the University of Texas San Antonio, and the top three chosen majors are Biology, Nursing and Computer Science.

The 79 Area Go Texan scholarship recipients received $20,000 to apply toward a four-year, undergraduate degree for a total scholarship commitment of $1.58 million. Students were selected from 68 Area Go Texan counties divided into 11 districts. One student from each county is awarded a scholarship, along with the top student from each district.

These scholarships represent a share of the Rodeo’s annual commitment to Texas youth and education. In 2019, more than $27 million will be distributed via scholarships, junior show exhibitors, educational program grants and graduate assistantships. Additional information about the Rodeo’s educational commitments can be found here: rodeohouston.com/Educational-Support/Commitment.

The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo promotes agriculture by hosting an annual, family-friendly experience that educates and entertains the public, supports Texas youth, showcases Western heritage and provides year-round educational support within the community. Since its beginning in 1932, the Rodeo has committed more than $475 million to the youth of Texas. For more information, visit rodeohouston.com and connect with #RODEOHOUSTON online via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube for all of the latest news. The 2020 Rodeo is scheduled for March 3 – March 22