High school area seniors, Meagan Harrington and Trenten Wahlen, were recipients of $20,000 scholarships awarded mid-May in Houston from the Area Go Texan Scholarship. David Ainsworth Jr. served as Nueces County Representative at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo.

A total of 79 scholarships totaling more than $1.5 million were given out among 68 Area Go Texan Counties.

“The students recognized tonight are the leaders of tomorrow,” said Joel Cowley, Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo president and CEO. “With the support of more than 33,000 volunteers, our generous donors and those in the community who attend our Show, we are proud to contribute to the education of these very deserving individuals.”

In 2017, Show scholarships were increased from $18,000 to $20,000 for students pursuing a four-year, undergraduate degree. Each recipient received a $20,000 scholarship, payable over four years, with the exception of Technical recipients who received a $9,000 scholarship to apply toward a two-year degree.

In the second, and largest, of four scholarship presentations this summer, the students recognized will attend college in the fall alongside their fellow Area Go Texan and Texas 4-H and FFA scholarship recipients for a total scholarship commitment of $14.3 million in 2017. Currently, more than 2,000 scholars currently attending 80-plus Texas colleges and universities on Show scholarships.

These scholarships represent a portion of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo’s annual commitment of more than $26 million to scholarships, research, endowments, calf scramble participants, junior show exhibitors, School Art participants and other educational programs.