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.
Recent Spindletop Scholarship Program Recipients
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.
Lamees Loubani is a graduate of Cypress Fall High School, and she is currently majoring in pharmacy at the University of Houston College of Pharmacy. She will graduate with her PharmD in 2022 and plans to pursue a residency program to specialize in clinical pharmacy.
“The Spindletop Scholarship that I was awarded through the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Scholarship has been truly a big blessing. Not only has it has alleviated some of the financial stress of pursuing higher education, but it has also provided me with an amazing mentor who’s been very reachable, helpful, and invested in my education and future. One of my favorite memories was having Ms. Constance White join my family and me for iftar (dinner) during the month of Ramadan. Moreover, this scholarship has connected me with an endless network of student scholars and likeminded, driven individuals.” – Lamees Loubani
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. Each year, children of active Texas Rangers receive this scholarship.
Morgan Prince graduated from Hardin Simmons University in 2019 with a degree in athletic training and kinesiology.
“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 attended YES Prep Gulfton and received the Spindletop Scholarship to attend University of Texas at Austin. She graduated in 2019 with a degree in Biochemistry.
“I think I am adjusting to college life really well because I’ve become more organized and I have 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, 2017
For more information about YES Prep Public Schools: www.yesprep.org
Devyn Johnson is a 2017 graduate of Archway Academy, Houston. He was introduced to Spindletop during a site visit for Archway and Palmer Drug Abuse Program. He was awarded a Spindletop scholarship following his graduation and because of his interest in engineering. Devyn attends Blinn College and plans to transfer to Texas A&M University in College Station during the 2020-2021 academic year, where he’ll complete his major in Manufacturing and Mechanical Engineering Technologies.
“Thanks to Spindletop and the continued support through this scholarship, I am living a life beyond my wildest dreams. I now have the opportunity to pursue a career that will challenge me and allow me to show the potential I have to offer.” – Devyn Johnson
For more information about Archway Academy: www.archwayacademy.org.