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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.
SCHOOL FIRST NAME LAST NAME TOTAL SCHOLARSHIP AMOUNT
Rogers High School Lexy Ide $20,000.00
Rudder High School Courtney Thurman $15,000.00
Robinson High School Zachary Hoelscher $10,000.00
Belton High School Luke Read $5,000.00
Gatesville High School Jenna Coward $5,000.00
Groveton High School Dane Sullivan $4,000.00
C.H. Yoe High School Colby Barton $4,000.00
Miles High School Kyle Vahlenkamp $3,000.00
Arp High School Reed Thorn $3,000.00
Corsicana High School Rudy Beck $3,000.00
Rice High School Brayden Deborde $2,500.00
Rudder High School Weston McElroy $2,500.00
C.H. Yoe High School Kincaid Callahan $2,500.00
Midway High School Hayden White $2,500.00
Mart High School Allyson Pechacek $2,500.00
Corsicana High School Carson Reed $2,500.00
Normangee High School Emily Banda $2,500.00
Whitney High School Madison Strickling $2,500.00
Gatesville High School Joshua Bartlett $2,500.00
Burkham Home Academy Abby Burkham $2,500.00
McGregor High School Aimee Bowling $2,500.00
Harker Heights High School Raphael Dela Cruz $2,500.00
Rogers High School Logan Hare $2,500.00
Harker Heights High School Gloria Kim $2,500.00
Thorndale High School Grant Widner $2,500.00
Hallettsville High School Samantha Henke $2,500.00
Troy High School Cassidy Halfmann $2,500.00
Thrall High School Mallory Randig $2,500.00
TSTC Student Anson Jones $2,500.00
TSTC Student Jalen Miears $2,500.00
TSTC Student Chandler Edmonds $2,500.00
TSTC Student Jose Salas Gonzales $2,500.00
TSTC Student Hunter Blassingame $2,500.00
TSTC Student Victor Toca $2,500.00
TSTC Student Cole Rappolee $2,500.00
TSTC Student Malory Pagel $2,500.00




36 Scholarships

$137,000.00

Event Sponsor

Alliance Bank Central Texas
Scholar Recognition Banquet Underwriter
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