Scholarship Program Information

Art contest Calf Scramble
Beef Challenge General Scholarships
Equine Scholarship Scramble Scholarships
StockShow Entity Texas M.A.D.E.

In support of our mission, the Southwestern Exposition and Livestock Show dba / Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo (Stock Show) is committed to advancing the education of the youth of Texas by providing learning opportunities and providing scholarships. In addition to providing educational grants and contributions to various charitable organizations, the Stock Show maintains a variety of scholarship programs through various Stock Show departments. Each department is responsible for raising their scholarship funds each year and the scholarships are awarded by the various department superintendents and are based on department specific goals. The scholarships are paid out by the Stock Show directly to the college or university, on a semester basis, in amounts ranging from $500 to $2,000 per semester (based on total amount awarded and eight semesters of college) once enrollment has been verified each semester by the college or university of the recipient’s choice. All scholarships awarded have expiration dates. Upon expiration, any unused scholarship funds are reapplied to the awarding department available scholarship funds. The Stock Show is classified as a public charity under section 509(a)(2) on the Internal Revenue Code and therefore is exempt from federal income tax under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Contributions to the Stock Show are tax deductible to the extent provided by law. The Stock Show classifies funds received by donors for the purpose of funding scholarships as Temporarily Restricted Net Assets. The Stock Show uses these assets for their donor designated purpose. The temporarily restricted net assets are held in the Stock Show’s investment portfolio. The various Stock Show scholarship programs consist of the following:

  • Mission Statement: To provide students an opportunity to be a part of the Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo through artistic abilities and the study of their western heritage.
  • No need to own an animal to show at the Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo!
  • The Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo is proud to present the Star-Telegram Stock Show Art Contest. The competition, open to ALL students ages 5-19 that are currently enrolled in a Texas Public, Private, Charter or Home school in grades Kindergarten – twelfth, presents an opportunity to showcase artistic abilities and offers a great chance to win awards, college scholarships or cash prizes. Belt buckles will be presented to the Grand Champion and Reserve Grand Champion along with official Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo rosettes to the 1st–7th placings.
  • A panel of local art professionals will judge the competition and placing entries will be displayed during the Fort Worth Stock & Rodeo. Additionally, select qualifying non-placing entries will be showcased as a special exhibit at the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History and National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame.
  • Sponsorship packages are available at $10,000.
  • Contributions accepted in $500 increments.

  • For the Calf Scramble event, eight calves are placed in the arena and the 16 youngsters must try to catch, halter and lead one of the eight calves into a square in the center of the arena. The contest is over once all eight calves have been taken to the square.
  • The eight youngsters from each rodeo performance who have successfully caught a calf are given a certificate valued at $500. The youngsters use this certificate to purchase their own beef or dairy heifer. The youngsters do not keep the calf they caught in the rodeo.
  • Once the student has located a heifer he or she wishes to purchase, they present to the seller of the animal the certificate provided by the Stock Show. This certificate, combined with any additional money needed to make the purchase, serves as payment for the animal. The seller of the animal will then have ownership transferred into the youngster’s name and provide proof to the Stock Show office. The transfer must take place in the records of the respective breed association office.
  • Once the Stock Show has received proof of the transfer, the Stock Show will reimburse the seller of the animal for the $500 certificate that was used to purchase the animal.
  • The students may purchase any beef or dairy heifer of their choice, but the animal must be eligible to show in one of the Stock Show’s established Junior Beef Heifer or Junior Dairy cattle shows. In addition, a registered heifer from a breed not represented in the Junior Beef Heifer Show (specifically: Braford; Braunvieh; Chianina; and Longhorn) may be purchased for exhibition in their respective open cattle youth show.
  • After the youngsters have made their purchase, they must raise and maintain the heifer in accordance with the rules of the Stock Show. Additionally, each month the students are required to submit a report to the sponsor ($500 calf scramble calf sponsor) of their project. This report will describe that month’s management and activities involving the heifer. The students must also submit a final essay titled “My Scramble Project” at the conclusion of their year-long project. Copies of these reports must also be sent to the Calf Scramble office.
  • The final phase of the program requires the youngsters to return to the following year’s Stock Show and exhibit their Calf Scramble heifer in the appropriate breed show.
  • Scholarships with a minimum total of $21,500 will be awarded to Calf Scramble exhibitors participating in the 2015 Calf Scramble. The scholarship recipients will be selected by a committee based on the Scramble exhibitor’s overall performance, including monthly reports, essay and exhibiting their heifer at the Show.
  • The scholarships range in value from $500 to $12,500.
  • 2016 – 54 students received scholarships totaling $226,000. Since its inception in 1988 a total of $2,089,000 has been awarded to 1,271 students.
  • Contributions range from $500 to $16,000. Contributions accepted in $500 increments.

  • Mission Statement: To further the Show’s objective of encouraging young people to pursue careers in livestock and agri-business by increasing participation in the youth division of the Stock Show and to support their education by awarding exhibitors who have excelled in the competitions with scholarships.
  • High Point Youth Scholarship Program: Boys and girls ages 14 – 18 entered in the Southwestern Exposition and Livestock Show Paint Horse, Quarter Horse, Palomino Horse and Pony of the Americas breed divisions will be eligible.
  • NEW FOR 2016! Equine I.Q. CONTEST: $40,000 in Scholarships awarded in the Senior Division. Buckles and special awards presented in the Senior, Intermediate and Junior Divisions. Limited to the first 100 entries. Open to all students ages 8-18 (3 age divisions), currently enrolled and attending public, private or homeschool in the state of Texas.
  • 4-H and FFA Horse Judging Contest Scholarships: Scholarships will be awarded to members of the top placing team in the Open Senior Texas Quarter Horse Youth Association 4-H and FFA Horse Judging Contest. Each participating team member will receive a $500 scholarship. In addition, the high point individual of the contest will be awarded a scholarship in the amount of $1,000.
  • Funds are also used as special awards within each breed to help develop new classes/shows within breeds.
  • 2016 – 23 students received scholarships totaling $72,000. Since its inception in 2000 a total of $807,500 has been awarded to 315 students.
  • Contributions range from $500 to $15,000. Contributions accepted in $500 increments.

  • The Heifer Superintendent’s Beef Challenge competition will be open to all 2015 Southwestern Exposition and Livestock Show Junior Breeding Beef Heifer Show exhibitors that are currently enrolled in their senior year of high school and have shown in the Fort Worth Stock Show Junior Breeding Beef Heifer Show a minimum of two (2) years, including the 2015 Show.
  • Beef Challenge will consist of two competitions: Educational Information Challenge and Sales Talk. Each competition will be scored separately and the final placings will be based on a combination of the contestant’s scores from these two competitions.
  • Educational Information Challenge – consists of 50 questions based on twelve Extension Publications relative to General Management, Genetics and Selection, Health, Nutrition, Pasture–Range–Forage and Reproduction and Calving. On the Educational Information Challenge portion of the contest a maximum of 100 points will be scored.
  • Sales Talk – the top scoring contestants in The Educational Information Challenge will then present a two minute Sales Talk to three industry judges to explain “WHY and HOW the breed of heifer I am exhibiting should be used by a commercial beef producer”. Sales Talk presentations will be scored a maximum of 50 points, 10 points based on presentation and 40 points based on content. The scores of the three judges will be averaged to establish the final Sales Talk score for each contestant
  • A minimum of $50,000 in scholarships will be available.
  • 2015 – 11 students received scholarships totaling $110,000. Since its inception in 2008 a total of $430,000 has been distributed to 65 students.
  • Sponsorship packages are available ranging from $1,000 to $50,000.
  • Contributions accepted in $500 increments.

  • Supporting Scholarship programs help ensure that tomorrow’s leaders have a shot at a great college education.
  • Net proceeds from the annual tournament will benefit the following Scholarship Programs:
    • Art Contest
    • Heifer Superintendent’s Beef Challenge
    • Calf Scramble
    • Texas M.A.D.E. – Junior Ag Mechanics
    • Equine Youth
  • Sponsorship packages are available for $5,000.
  • No minimum contribution.

Promoting Mechanics, Agriculture, Development and Eduction through youth scholarships.

  • The Texas M.A.D.E competition will be open to all Southwestern Exposition and Livestock Show Junior Agricultural Mechanics Show exhibitors that are currently enrolled in their senior year of high school and have shown in the Southwestern Exposition and Livestock Show Junior Agricultural Mechanics Show a minimum of two (2) years.
  • The Texas M.A.D.E. event will consist of two competitions: Educational Information and Verbal Presentation. Each competition will be scored separately and the final placings will be based on a combination of the contestant’s scores from these two competitions.
  • Educational Information – consists of 50 questions based on selected units from Agricultural Mechanics Fundamentals and Applications, 6th Edition by Ray V. Herren. On the Educational Information portion of the contest a maximum of 100 points will be scored.
  • Verbal Presentation – the top participants from the Educational Information section will make a verbal presentation over the design and construction of their current Ag Mechanics Project. This presentation must be 3 minutes or less and be made without the assistance of written or visual aids. A panel of 3 industry judges will evaluate the presentations on a 50-point scale. The judges’ scores will be averaged to obtain the final Verbal Presentation score.
  • A minimum of $15,000 in scholarships will be available.
  • 2016 – 5 students received scholarships totaling $41,000.
  • Sponsorship packages are available ranging from $1,000 to $50,000.
  • Contributions accepted in $500 increments.

In addition to the Stock Show Scholarship Programs, the Stock Show supports several organizations and their existing programs. A donation to our general scholarship fund will be distributed via one of the following organizations:

  • 2016 – 4 students received scholarships totaling $16,000.
  • $1,000 went to the 4-H Horse Record Book winner.

  • 2015 – 2 students received $9,000.
  • 1 student was awarded a $1,000 scholarship.


  • The Agricultural Development Fund is classified as a 501(c)(3) corporation by the Internal Revenue Service, and its funds are administered by its officers and directors. It is a separate but related entity from the Southwestern Exposition and Livestock Show.
  • A special fund that provides significant financial benefits to junior livestock exhibitors in the form of above-market prices for their prize-winning animals that do not qualify to be sold at the Junior Sale of Champions but are sold during the Stock Show via a posted price for each species.
  • More than 53 years ago this concept was established to provide direct benefits through the Agricultural Development Fund to youngsters exhibiting livestock in Fort Worth. It keeps the Southwestern Exposition and Livestock Show competitive with other livestock shows in the United States with similar programs. A team of volunteers who believe in the importance of the Agricultural Development Fund solicit for the contributions.
  • 2016 – The Committee raised $221,600 in pledges.
  • Contributions range from $100 to $5,000. Minimum contribution is $100 and the donor receives 2 complimentary season grounds passes to the current Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo.