The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo awarded seven Houston-area community colleges and technical institutions with $300,000 in vocational scholarships for the 2019–2020 academic year.
One of those was Wharton County Junior College.
Each technical school that receives funding through the Vocational Scholarship Funding program is responsible for the selection of recipients and disbursement of scholarship funds. This year’s technical school recipients also included Houston Community College, Lamar Institute of Technology, Lee College, Lone Star College, San Jacinto College, and Texas State Technical College.
“As the demand for skilled labor continues to grow, the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo is committed to supporting students who are intent on developing their technical skills,” said Joel Cowley, president and CEO of the rodeo. “The rodeo’s vocational scholarships can be a game changer for students interested in exploring a nontraditional postsecondary education, and we are proud to work alongside our technical school partners as they strive to offer high-quality vocational education and training programs that will help prepare these students for a bright future.”
Since the program’s inception in 2015, the rodeo has awarded 268 scholarships totaling $1,101,000. The selected technical schools offer a variety of vocational programs, such as commercial wire conditioning, industrial maintenance, maritime transportation and nuclear technology, among others.