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2022 Top Scholar - Faith Lauderdale

The Heart O’ Texas Fair & Rodeo awarded $250,000 in scholarships to 49 Texas students for the 2021-22 academic year. This continues the Fair & Rodeo’s tradition and mission of giving back through youth scholarships.

On the night of May 10th, students and their families attended the organization’s Scholar Recognition Banquet, underwritten by Alliance Bank Central Texas. Students receiving scholarships represented the following schools: Axtell, Belton, Burton, China Springs, Clear Creek, College Station, Fairfield, Florence, Gatesville, Grandview, Groesbeck, Hill Country Christian, Hillsboro, Holland, James Madison, Lakeland Preparatory, LaVega, Lorena, Midway, Miles, Navasota, Normangee, Rapoport Academy, Rockdale, Rogers, Rosebud-Lott, St. Domonic Savio, Troy, University, Vanguard, West, and Windthorst High School.

This is a record-breaking year in scholarship giving for the Heart O’ Texas Fair & Rodeo. The Top Scholar of the evening was Faith Lauderdale from Midway High School who received the Top Scholar and Board of Directors Scholarship in the amount of $25,000.The Reserve Top Scholar was Kendall Bone from College Station High School and she received the Reserve Top Scholar and Heart O’ Texas Fair & Rodeo Scholarship for $20,000. Callie Welty from Grandview High School took home a $15,000 scholarship. All scholarships given ranged from $2,500 - $25,000.

“We are honored to announce these scholarships for these very deserving students,” commented CEO and President Wes Allison.“Providing scholarships to the youth in this area is a core part of our mission here at the Heart O’ Texas Fair & Rodeo. And we wish these students the best of luck in their future education and hope to see some or all of them come back to the Central Texas area to build their careers and futures after they finish their education.”

Previous Scholarship Recipients

2021 Top Scholar - Lexy Ide

The Heart O’ Texas Fair & Rodeo awarded $137,000 in scholarships to 36 Central Texas students for the 2020-21 academic year. This continues the Fair & Rodeo’s tradition and mission of giving back through youth scholarships.

Thursday night, students and their families attended the organization’s Scholar Recognition Banquet, underwritten by Alliance Bank Central Texas. Students receiving scholarships represented the following schools: Arp, Belton, Burkham Home Academy, C.H. Yoe, Corsicana, Gatesville, Groveton, Hallettsville, Harker Heights, Mart, McGregor, Midway, Miles, Normangee, Rice, Robinson, Rogers, Rudder, Thorndale, Thrall, Troy, TSTC, and Whitney.

The 2021 Top Scholar of the evening was Lexy Ide from Rogers High School who received the Top Scholar and Board of Directors Scholarship in the amount of $20,000. The Reserve Top Scholar was Courtney Thurman from Rudder High School and she received the Reserve Top Scholar and Heart O’ Texas Fair & Rodeo Scholarship for $15,000. Zachary Hoelscher from Robinson High School took home a $10,000 scholarship.Luke Read from Belton High School and Jenna Coward from Gatesville High School both received a $5,000 scholarship rounding out the top five recipients for the evening.


These scholarships are part of the Heart O’ Texas Fair & Rodeo’s annual commitment of providing scholarships to the youth of Central Texas which is made possible thanks to our sponsors and volunteers. Each year, our volunteers spend countless hours raising money through various fundraisers to contribute to this fund. Since its beginning, the Heart O’ Texas Fair & Rodeo has committed more than $3.25 million to the youth of Texas.

2020 Top Scholar - Hailey Crumley
The Top Scholar in 2020 was Hailey Crumley from Robinson High School who received the Top Scholar and Board of Directors Scholarship in the amount of $20,000.

The Reserve Top Scholar was Meghan Malcik from Rogers High School and she received the Reserve Top Scholar and Heart O’ Texas Fair & Rodeo Scholarship for $15,000.

The Third Overall Scholar was Kyle Coward from Gatesville High School and he received a Heart O’ Texas Fair & Rodeo Scholarship for $10,000.
2019 Top Scholar - Laynie Grisham
The 2019 Top Scholar was Laynie Grisham from Connally High School who received the Top Scholar and Board of Directors Scholarship in the amount of $15,000. She went on to attend McLennan County Community College with hopes of becoming a nurse.
The Reserve Top Scholar was Halee Wise from Waco High School and she received the Reserve Top Scholar and Heart O’ Texas Fair & Rodeo Scholarship for $10,000.

Both the Top and Reserve Top Scholar were also Heart O’ Texas Fair & Rodeo Sweethearts.

2022 Scholarship Recipients by School:

School

Axtell High School

First

Trinity

Last

Tull

Belton High School

Sterling

Weadock

Belton High School

Meredith

Schlaefer

Burton High School

Weston

Hinze

Burton High School

Waylon

Hinze

Burton High School

Cassidy

Fuchs

China Spring High School

Gracie

Bohannon

Clear Creek High School

Kasey

Klages

College Station High School

Kendall

Bone

College Station High School

Nathan

Kerth

College Station High School

Delayna

Hold

Fairfield High School

Rachel

Lewis

Fairfield High School

Ally

Robinson

Florence High School

Bryce

Fisher

Gatesville High School

Hailey

Luensmann

Gatesville High School

Samuel

Belt

Gatesville High School

Cooper

Sutton

Grandview High School

Callie

Welty

Groesbeck High School

Caresa

Bay

Hill Country Christian School of Austin

Georgia

Williams

Hillsboro High School

Larissa

Boyd

Hillsboro High School

Misela

Carbajal

Holland High School

Joshua

Whisenhunt

Holland High School

Emily

Dague

Homeschool

Sarah

Wood

Homeschool - Lakeland Preparatory

Tyler

Martin, Jr.

James Madison Homeschool

Kennedy

Hobbs

LaVega High School

Chloe

McLellan

Lorena High School

Lexie

Caro

Lorena High School

Rebekah

Holle

Midway High School

Faith

Lauderdale

Midway ISD (Henrietta)

Ashley

Riddle

Miles High School

Alexandria

Kalina

Navasota High School

Ariana

Gonzalez

Normangee High School

Callie

Powell

Normangee High School

Rylie

McKinney

Normangee High School

Adriana

De La Garza

Rapoport Academy

Truman

Cunningham

Rockdale High School

Mallory

McDaniel

Rogers High School

Elisa

Ranly

Rosebud-Lott High School

Mario

Watson

St. Dominic Savio Catholic High School

John Paul

Whitaker

Troy High School

Adelyn

Valle

Troy High School

Jordan

McMurtry

Troy High School

Emily

Ward

University High School

Daylen

Sauls

Vanguard College Preparatory School

Courtney

Wiethorn

West High School

Kylee

Schroeder-Howard

Windthorst High School

Marissa

Frazier

Event Sponsor

Alliance Bank Central Texas
Scholar Recognition Banquet Underwriter
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