Rodeo supports students in technical fields with $300k in vocational scholarships

The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo is known for its commitment to education, and this year is no different.

The HLSR has awarded several Houston-area community colleges and technical institutions with $300,000 in vocational scholarships for the 2020-2021 academic year.

Related: Rodeo Houston doles out $1.2M in scholarships

Since the outset of the vocational scholarship in 2015, the Rodeo has managed to allocate more than $1.4 million in educational funding for the program. According to the press release from HLSR, this year, more than $27 million has been committed to scholarships, junior show exhibitors, educational program grants and graduate assistantships.

“There is a continuing demand for skilled personnel in the workforce, and the Rodeo is committed to supporting these students as they pursue an education in these technical fields,” said Chris Boleman, Rodeo president and CEO.

The seven Houston-area programs that received funding from the Vocational Scholarship Program include Houston Community College, Lamar Institute of Technology, Lee College, Lone Star College, San Jacinto College, Texas State Technical College and Wharton County Junior College, according to a release.

There’s no telling of how the money will be divvied among the selected institutions, but each program that receives educational funding through the Rodeo’s Vocational Scholarship Program will manage the selection and distribution of its scholarship funds.

“We are proud to continue our partnership with these programs, creating more opportunity for students who are seeking a nontraditional postsecondary education,” Boleman concluded.

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