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The Heart O’ Texas Fair & Rodeo Scholar Banquet, underwritten by Bailey Insurance & Risk Management, Inc., was held on Wednesday, May 17th at the Carleen Bright Arboretum. At the banquet, the Heart O' Texas Fair & Rodeo awarded $134,000 in scholarships to 40 Central Texas students for the 2016-17 academic year.

The scholarship program began in 1995 awarding scholarships with a total value of $1,700 to the youth of Waco. Over the years, the number of scholarships has greatly increased and this year a total of $134,000 in academic scholarships and over $100,000 in livestock scholarships were awarded to Central Texas students. To date, more than $2.5 million overall has been committed. The Scholarship Committee strives to provide financial assistance to students who have proven academic and leadership abilities, good citizenship and financial needs.

Applicants are evaluated on leadership, citizenship, neatness of application, financial need and academic performance. Each applicant must provide a sealed official high school transcript, recommendation letter from their principal or counselor, two letters of recommendation from non-family members and a one-page essay.

The Extraco Events Center, home of the Heart O’ Texas Fair & Rodeo, is the center of entertainment in Central Texas. Its mission is to produce events for education, entertainment and agricultural experiences while giving back through youth scholarships. The premier facilities host over 225 events with an attendance of 420,000 and a $47 million economic impact annually. The 2017 Heart O’ Texas Fair & Rodeo will be held October 5 – 14. For more information about the Extraco Events Center, visit For more information, email Melinda Moss at or call 254-224-8276.

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