DALLAS – May 9, 2023 – Since its establishment in 1992, the Big Tex® Scholarship Program has continued to uphold the State Fair’s nonprofit mission of supporting agriculture, education, and community involvement.
We are proud to announce another year of supporting Texas students through scholarships towards furthering their education, with the State Fair of Texas awarding more than $1.3 million in new college scholarships this year. We are awarding 222 scholarships to deserving students across the Lone Star State: 97 Juanita Craft Scholarships to Dallas ISD students, 116 Youth Livestock Scholarships to students throughout Texas, five Seasonal Employee Scholarships, one Benny Clark Memorial Scholarship, one Peggy Sloan Memorial Scholarship, and two Terry Griffin Memorial Scholarships.
In its 31-year history, the Big Tex Scholarship Program has awarded scholarships to more than 3,000 students for a program total of more than $17.4 million. Honoring the legacy of South Dallas resident and civil rights activist Juanita Craft, each year, the State Fair awards college scholarships to selected applicants from six Dallas ISD high schools surrounding the Fair Park area – Irma Lerma Rangel Young Women’s Leadership School, Franklin D. Roosevelt, James Madison, Lincoln, North Dallas, and Woodrow Wilson high schools. In addition, the State Fair awards scholarships to select applicants across the state who have participated in youth livestock competitions at the State Fair of Texas.
The Seasonal Employee Scholarship serves as a thank you to the Fair’s seasonal employees for their hard work and dedication to the State Fair of Texas – both qualified seasonal employees and their dependents are eligible for this opportunity.
“To be awarded as a 2023 Big Tex Scholar, I feel incredibly grateful to have had this opportunity. I feel honored to be considered by an organization that dedicates so much to students’ education,” said Katie Kha, 2023 Big Tex Juanita Craft recipient from North Dallas High School. “This scholarship will help fund my future studies at Texas Woman’s University and help me reach my career goals.”
“Receiving the 2023 Big Tex Scholar scholarship is a dream come true for me,” said Elvin Johnson, 2023 Big Tex Seasonal Employee recipient, son to a seasonal coupon sales Tex-team member. “Finances have always been a challenge in pursuing my educational aspirations. This scholarship provided me with the financial assistance I needed to pursue my studies and achieve my academic goals.” Elvin plans to attend Richland College and major in animation.
“I am extremely honored to be selected as a Big Tex Scholarship recipient. I participated in stock showing for eight years, and I learned countless lessons that will be very helpful to me in the future,” said 2023 Big Tex Youth Livestock Scholar Braxton Angeley of Shamrock, Texas. “I love showing, and I will miss being a part of it but receiving this scholarship will help me start the next chapter of my life. This scholarship will help me pay for my college education, and I will be able to get an Agribusiness degree and one day own my own business.” Braxton plans to attend West Texas A&M University.
A total of 97 graduating seniors from six Dallas ISD high schools received the State Fair of Texas Juanita Craft Scholarship, including:
Yajaira Baca Cabrera
Yadira Chavez Reyes
Daniela de la Torre
Karen Espinoza Gutierrez
Alexis Garcia Del Rio
Emanuel Garcia Barrera
Abigail Juarez Trejo
Mariana Mares Solano
Elida Ortega Rivas
Jennifer Ramirez Mendoza
Janet Rivas Reza
Alexis Sanchez Serrano
Vivianne Valdes Pereira
Natalia Vales Rivera
Five recipients received the State Fair of Texas Seasonal Employee Scholarship, including
A total of 116 Youth Livestock Scholarships went to graduating seniors from across the Lone Star State, including:
Recipients receive a $6,000 grant, renewable each semester if the student meets the criteria for renewal. Students must attend an accredited Texas college, university, or trade school. To qualify for scholarship renewal, recipients must enroll and pass at least 12 hours each semester. In addition, recipients must achieve a minimum 2.5 GPA in their first semester and a 3.0 cumulative GPA every semester after that.
The State Fair also awards several ancillary scholarships where outstanding students are awarded an additional $6,000 over four years to combine with the initial awarded $6,000 scholarship, for a total of $12,000 towards higher education.
Receiving this year’s Benny Clark Memorial Scholarship, Landen Schertz embodies the qualities of a strong leader in agriculture education.
Awarded to a strong leader and graduating senior from Irma Lerma Rangel Young Women’s Leadership School, this year’s recipient of the Peggy Sloan Memorial Scholarship is Jessica Hyde.
The Terry Griffin Memorial Scholarship goes to an outstanding sophomore in the Big Tex Scholarship Program with the highest GPA. Youth Livestock Scholar Dane Sullivan and Juanita Craft Scholar Natalie Rosas are this year’s recipients.
Local scholarship recipients and their families will enjoy an awarded fair hosted by the State Fair of Texas, celebrating the 2023 Scholars and all their accomplishments. The Fair congratulates all deserving scholars on their personal and academic achievements. It is excited to support them in pursuing their aspirations for higher education and the future of Texan youth.