Spindletop provides college scholarships through organizations such as the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo, the Texas Ranger Association Foundation and Yes Prep Public Schools. Depending on the recipient organization, one or more students are selected to benefit from the Spindletop funds during an academic year. Students are selected for scholarships from the participating organizations, and in some cases recipients are those majoring in STEM and/or energy industry fields of interest.
Richard Mercer, Spindletop’s 2008 Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo scholarship recipient, is a successful petroleum engineer today, and continues to volunteer at Spindletop events. He is representative of the outstanding young men and woman who are the future of the oil and gas industry and the future of Spindletop’s success.
Spindletop Scholarship Programs – 2015-2016 Academic Year
Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo
The Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo has been rewarding scholarships since 1957 to deserving young Texans through its Educational Fund Program. Spindletop sponsors one scholarship annually for an HLSR recipient based on financial need and academic achievement, and who is pursuing a science or engineering degree.
Sean Patel is the recipient of the 2015 Spindletop HLSR Opportunity Scholarship. Sean is attending University of Texas in Austin as a sophomore with plans to graduate in 2019 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering. Sean graduated from Jersey Village High School in Houston.
“This scholarship means that all the hard work that I had put in in high school has really paid off. I have had my family supporting my education and decisions from the beginning and this scholarship also helps ease their burdens as well. The HLSR Rodeo scholarship has allowed me to attend my dream school and work towards becoming a healthcare professional, giving me access to opportunities that were once outside my reach.” – Sean Patel
For more information about the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo: www.rodeohouston.org
Texas Ranger Association Foundation (TRAF)
The Texas Ranger Association Foundation Scholarship Fund was established in 1988 to provide scholarships to children of active Texas Rangers. In appreciation for the dedicated service that the Texas Rangers give to the citizens of Texas, as well as the many hours of security the Company ‘A’ Rangers provide at the annual Spindletop events, Spindletop supports the TRAF Scholarship Fund.
Morgan Prince is a Senior at Hardin Simmons University and one of 45 students being assisted by the TRAF Scholarship Fund. She graduated with honors from Trinity Christian High School located in Lubbock.
“I am so grateful to those individuals who have assisted in the scholarship program of the Texas Ranger Association Foundation. By doing so it has blessed my life and given me an opportunity to attend a university where I can grow in my faith and education.” – Morgan Prince
For more information about the Texas Ranger Association Foundation: www.thetexasrangers.org
YES Prep Public Schools
The Spindletop/YES Alumni Scholarship was established in 2001 to lessen the financial burden on YES Prep graduates attending a university, especially for those students living far from home. The initial contribution from Spindletop not only impacted YES Prep’s first graduating class, but also served as the vital $10,000 “seed grant”, which has grown to anchor a scholarship fund that awarded well over $300,000 in scholarships in 2015. Each YES Prep senior is required to be accepted to a four-year college or university to earn a high school diploma. Many graduates are first in their family to attend college.
Confidence Koboo is a Senior at the University of Texas at Austin, and she plans to major in Biochemistry. She graduated from YES Prep Gulfton in 2015.
“I think I am adjusting to college life really well because I’ve become more organized and I hae gotten better at managing my time wisely. My scholarship means that I am able to pay my first housing bill. My family and I are really grateful for this scholarship. I am able to focus solely on getting my education.” – Confidence Koboo.
For more information about YES Prep Public Schools: www.yesprep.org