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With more than $7 million awarded to nearly 400 students just last week, the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo continued a year of record-setting giving today as 72, $18,000 scholarships were presented at its Area Go Texan scholarship banquet.

Students and parents traveled hundreds of miles from the 62 counties surrounding the Houston metropolitan area, and filled Reliant Center with excitement. These scholarships totaled $1,296,000, the most amount of money ever awarded at an Area Go Texan scholarship banquet.

Each of the 62 participating Area Go Texan counties — Anderson, Angelina, Aransas, Austin, Bastrop, Bee, Bell, Bosque, Brazos, Burleson, Caldwell, Calhoun, Cherokee, Colorado, DeWitt, Falls, Fayette, Freestone, Goliad, Gonzales, Gregg, Grimes, Hardin, Harrison, Henderson, Hill, Houston, Jackson, Jasper, Jefferson, Karnes, Lavaca, Lee, Leon, Limestone, Live Oak, Madison, Matagorda, McLennan, Milam, Nacogdoches, Navarro, Newton, Nueces, Orange, Panola, Polk, Refugio, Robertson, Rusk, Sabine, San Augustine, San Jacinto, San Patricio, Shelby, Trinity, Tyler, Victoria, Walker, Washington, Wharton and Williamson —award a scholarship for one of the county’s graduating high school seniors. An additional 10 awards are given at large to eligible students within these 62 counties.

 

These scholarships are part of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo’s annual commitment of more than $24.6 million to Texas students. Since its beginning in 1932, the Show has committed more than $330 million to the youth of Texas.

The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo is a Section 501(c)(3) charity dedicated to benefiting youth, supporting education, and facilitating better agricultural practices through exhibitions and presentation. The 2014 Show runs March 4 – 23. For more information, visitwww.rodeohouston.com.