Scholarships Available for Ag Students

Author: Kristy



By Kim Smith, Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Foundation

Since 1992, the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Foundation (TSCRF) has invested in our industry by awarding scholarships to deserving young people choosing to pursue careers in animal agriculture.

“As stewards of our ranching heritage, it is important that we continue meeting the needs of young people who are interested in dedicating their careers to this vital American industry,” said Pat Riley, TSCRF’s executive director.

The TSCRF administers 3 scholarships. The TSCRF Scholarship and the TSCRF Veterinary Medicine Scholarship, which is operated in conjunction with the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine, are annual scholarships. The Mary and Leonard Stiles Scholarship, valued at $5,200 each year, is a 4-year undergraduate award. For the scholarship to be renewed each year, the recipient must meet certain academic standards. The second Stiles Scholarship was presented in 2013, so the next application period for this scholarship will be in 2017, coinciding with the current recipient’s graduation.

Each spring the scholarship committee has the difficult but rewarding task of reviewing all applications and selecting recipients from a pool of young men and women who have each achieved distinction. Applications are due in February and scholarships are awarded in March.

As university tuition continues to escalate, the number of scholarship applications received each year increases. The scholarships are funded through various means, including dedicated funds from TSCRA, direct donations from members, fund-raising efforts such as the annual TSCRA Trail Ride, which supplies money for the veterinary scholarship, and endowments like the one created by the Stiles family.

In recent years, TSCRF has awarded $60,000 annually to high-performing students with demonstrated need, some of whom are first-generation college students.

TSCRF Scholarship

While the number of scholarships awarded depends on funding levels, traditionally the Foundation presents 12 TSCRF Scholarships each year. These undergraduate scholarships, valued at $2,000, support students majoring in agriculture or ag-related programs such as animal science, pre-vet, wildlife biology or ranch management.

Applications, with the complete criteria, are available at To be considered, all applications must be postmarked by Feb. 7, 2014.

TSCRF Veterinary Medicine Scholarships

Observing a declining number of large animal veterinary practices in rural areas, Joe Freeman, a rancher and architect from Austin, approached TSCRF about establishing a large animal veterinary medicine scholarship. Students entering their fourth year at Texas A&M University’s College of Veterinary Medicine and planning to work in a large animal or mixed animal practice may apply. Each selected student is presented with a $5,000 award. It is common for vet students to accrue education debts in excess of $100,000, so financial support is crucial to their future success, especially as they begin establishing their practices.

To obtain additional information about any of the TSCRF scholarships, contact Kim Smith by phone at 817-509-8964 or by email at

Scholarship applications must be postmarked by Feb. 7, 2014. -TC



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