Four local students win stock show scholarships
Four local students won a combined total of $9,000 in scholarships from the Fort Worth Stock Show after participating in the 2017 calf scramble, making them eligible for the 2018 scholarship award. Sixty-seven total youth shared in the $292,000 calf scramble scholarship dollars.
Kaylee Martinez, Bryce Scheller and Brinely Brown, of Burleson Centennial FFA, each won $2,000 in scholarships. Reagan Ellison, of Johnson County 4-H, was awarded a $5,000 scholarship.
These scholarships were the result of the hard work and dedication necessary to complete the calf scramble program, which requires first catching a calf during the 2017 Stock Show rodeo performance.
Students are then able to use donor funds to purchase a heifer to bring back to the 2018 stock show for exhibition. Besides showing their heifers, monthly reports to sponsors and a final essay are required to remain eligible for the final scholarship.
“Getting to compete in the Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo’s calf scramble was an honor in and of itself,” Ellison said. “Catching a calf was an experience that I’ll never forget.”
Ellison is a senior at Centennial High School and plans to attend Texas A&M University to study agricultural economics.
“This $5,000 scholarship will allow me to focus on my studies without the burden of financial concerns,” Ellison said.
Martinez plans to attend Texas Tech for animal nutrition.
“I thought of it more as a blessing to even have the opportunity to run and catch calves.”
Bryce is going to West Texas A&M for agricultural business.
“It was an honor just to have the opportunity to be in the calf scramble and a blessing to get the scholarship,” he said.
“It exemplifies the hard work and dedication each and every student has put into their project,” Brown said. “I am beyond blessed to have received this scholarship and am thrilled to have been recognized for all of my hard work throughout the last two years."