Click below to download the official list of scholarship recipients for the 2017 National Finals season. Any awards not picked up in person at the NHSFR in Gillette will receive their awards by mail.
NHSR FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIP AWARDS - NJHFR
NHSR Foundation Scholarships are awarded to NJHFR qualified eighth graders on the basis of academic performance, financial need, stated goals and objectives, an application and interview process and additional information such as community service, awards and honors, school involvement and rodeo performance.
The special scholarships to be awarded this year are:
Cinch Academic 8th Grade Cowboy and Cowgirl Awards, two in the amount of $1,000 each – Sponsored by Cinch Jeans and Shirts, these scholarships are awarded to the highest scoring academic 8th grade boy and girl competing at the NJHFR. Based on academics as well as other “all-around” factors provided by the contestant’s application and interview, each of the two prestigious awards are in the amount of $1,000.
Foundation Finalist Awards, two in the amount of $500 each and two in the amount of $300 each – The NHSR Foundation will provide four scholarships awarded to finalists for the academic awards that are not selected for the top award. These will be two in the amount of $500 each and two in the amount of $300 each and will be based on academics as well as other factors provided by the contestant’s application and interview.
NHSR FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIP AWARDS - NHSFR
NHSR Foundation Scholarships are awarded to NHSFR qualified graduating seniors on the basis of academic performance, financial need, stated goals and objectives, an application and interview process and additional information such as community service, awards and honors, school involvement and rodeo performance.
The majority of scholarships are in the amount of $500. However, there are several special scholarships given in honor and/or in memory of several special people that have helped mold and shape not only the Foundation but the NHSRA as well. Other scholarships are awarded for those entering college in specifically designated areas of study. These special scholarships range in amounts of $1,000 to $5,000 each. The special scholarships to be awarded this year are:
Mullins Memorial Award, $5,000 – Given in memory of NHSRA Founding Father Claude Mullins and his wife Tavalli. Mr. Mullins was a school superintendent in Texas who in 1949 organized the first ever national championship rodeo for high school students after he had produced two successful state finals rodeos in his home state of Texas the two years prior. He started high school rodeo on the basis of keeping education at the forefront of the mission of the organization. It was at his insistence that academic requirements be included for qualification to compete in high school rodeo as well as college scholarships being a part of the awards from the very first national finals rodeo.
Lane Frost Memorial Award, $4,000 – Given in memory of NHSRA National Champion Bull Rider and PRCA World Champion Bull Rider Lane Frost who was tragically killed at the 1989 Cheyenne Frontier Days Rodeo while competing in his signature event. Funds for this scholarship are provided by the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Alumni Association.
John Hatley Memorial Award, $4,000 – Given in memory of one of the founding members of the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Alumni Association, Mr. John Hatley. Funds for this award are also provided by the organization of which he was a founding member.
Cinch Academic Finals Cowboy and Cowgirl Awards, two in the amount of $3,000 each – Sponsored by Cinch Jeans and Shirts, these scholarships are awarded to the highest scoring academic senior boy and girl competing at the NHSFR. Based on academics as well as other “all-around” factors provided by the contestant’s application and interview, each of the two prestigious awards are in the amount of $3,000.
WESA Awards, two in the amount of $2,500 each – The Western and English Sales Association provides two, two-year scholarships (awarded to one boy and one girl) that have ties to the western and/or English industries either through a manufacturer or retail outlet. These scholarships are renewable the second year providing the recipient meets academic standards and is still enrolled in college. The first year is $1,500 and the second year is in the amount of $1,000.
PRCA Gold Buckle Award, two in the amount of $1,500 each - The Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) provides the funds for these two scholarships. PRCA, headquartered in Colorado Springs, Colo., is the largest and oldest rodeo-sanctioning body in the world. As the recognized leader in professional rodeo, the PRCA is committed to maintaining the highest standards in the industry in every area, from improving working conditions for contestants and monitoring livestock welfare to boosting entertainment value and promoting sponsors. These scholarships will be awarded to the two (2) individuals that most value the traditions and legacy for which the PRCA stands. The ideal candidates will plan to join the PRCA, chase the gold buckle and become an ambassador for the sport of professional rodeo.
Additional Application Requirements: In addition to NHSR Foundation Scholarship application requirements you must submit a 2-3 minute video addressing the question: What would it mean to you, to be a member of the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association?
Meagan McCain Memorial Awards, three in the amount of $1,000 each – These scholarships are given in memory of an alumni of the Georgia High School Rodeo Association, Meagan McCain. Meagan was attending college in Texas when she was killed in an automobile accident. The funds for these awards are given by her parents, family and friends in her memory.
Gene Litton Memorial Award, $1,000 – Given in memory of Gene Litton of Gillette, Wyoming who dedicated his lifetime to supporting the NHSRA. Gene was a former National Director for Iowa as well as former NHSRA Executive Secretary/Treasurer. He also served on the Foundation Board, was a founding member of the Foundation and served as Vice President for many years.
Pat Litton Service Award, $1,000 – Given in honor of Pat Litton of Gillette, Wyoming who has dedicated her life to supporting the NHSRA. Pat is a former National Director for Wyoming and served for many years as the NHSFR Rodeo Secretary as well as Secretary of the NHSR Foundation. She remains on the Foundation Board today.
Earl Northrup Memorial Award, $1,000 – Given in memory of former NHSRA National Director from North Dakota, Earl Northrup. Earl served on the NHSRA board for over 33 years, served as national president twice during those years and was the Cutting Arena Director for many, many years at the NHSFR. He also served as the Foundation President for several years and was a founding member of the Foundation.
Harold “Gabby” Hayes Memorial Award, $1,000 – Mr. Hayes served both the Foundation and the NHSRA as each of the organization’s Secretary during the early times the two organizations were being formed. He was instrumental in developing the scholarship awards given at the finals and was a dedicated individual who served the NHSRA unselfishly for many years.
Ken Norris Memorial Award, $1,000 – Ken Norris was a true asset to the NHSRA, having served as the National Director from Utah for over 20 years. He was past National President, recipient of the Kenny Ivester Memorial Award and Man of the Year and served on many committees. His true passion was the rule book. He was dedicated to the rules and by-laws of the NHSRA and took upholding them very seriously. He is sorely missed by the Association.
Corbin Carpenter Memorial Award, $1,000 – Given in memory of Corbin Carpenter of Louisiana. Corbin was injured at the NHSFR in Farmington, New Mexico a few years ago and was never expected to walk again. One year later, he walked into the arena at the NHSFR to thank all those that supported his recovery and soon after that, he was riding and competing again. He was tragically killed in an automobile accident a couple of years after that triumphant return to the NHSFR.
Rick Spence Memorial Award, $1,000 – Given in memory of former NHSRA member Rick Spence of Georgia, this scholarship is provided by his parents and family. Rick was the son of Ray and Cindy Spence who have been very involved and supportive of both the Georgia High School Rodeo Association and the NHSRA. They both have been state board members and Ray was the National Director for Georgia for over 20 years, serving as National President. Ray and Cindy are both current board members and officers of the Foundation. Rick qualified for the NHSFR in various events over the years and was a great role model for young and old alike. He was taken from us far too soon after a battle with cancer.
Western Specialty Insurors Awards, two in the amount of $750 each – Funds for these scholarships are provided by the current insurance company of the NHSR Foundation and the NHSRA, Western Specialty Insurors. Given to one boy and one girl based on academic achievement, rodeo success, community service and involvement in extra circular and community activities.
Billy Duhon Memorial Award, $750 – Given in memory of “Mr. Billy” of Louisiana who dedicated his life to rodeo and assisting young people excel in the rodeo arena. He attended many NHSFRs and headed for many a steer wrestler. He gave of his time and expertise to train and educate any contestant who was willing to learn and grow. He was a staple around the qualifying rodeos in Louisiana and volunteered many hours each year at the NHSFR.
Teskey’s Top Hand Awards, two in the amount of $500 each – Funds for these awards are provided by Teskey’s, an NHSRA National Sponsor. Given to one boy and one girl, the honorees are selected on the basis of an all-around performance both in and out of the rodeo arena.
NIRA Tip of the Hat Awards, two in the amount of $500 each – Funds for these scholarships are sponsored by the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association, headquartered in Walla Walla, Washington. Awarded to one boy and one girl, the recipients are selected based on excellent performance in all areas of rodeo and student life.
ProRodeo Hall of Fame Western Heritage Award, $500 – The ProRodeo Hall of Fame provides the funds for this scholarship. It will be awarded to an individual who exemplifies Western Heritage, the Code of the West and living by Cowboy Ethics in his or her everyday life. The recipient of this scholarship should live the cowboy lifestyle every day and not just on weekends while attending a rodeo. He or she should be proud of their western heritage, promote it to others and be a role model for not only their peers, but people of all ages. Their behavior and the way they live their life should symbolize ethics, responsibility, honesty, pride, hard work, fairness and trust.
Additional Application Requirement: In addition to the NHSR Foundation Scholarship application requirements you must submit an additional 250 word (minimum) essay answering the following question: “In what ways do I live my life daily that exemplifies Western Heritage and shows that I am a role model for the cowboy lifestyle and symbolize ethics, responsibility, honesty, pride, hard work, fairness and trust?”