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Boots to Roots

Preparing Female and/or Hispanic Veterans for careers Agriculture and STEM Disciplines 

This program is funded by the United State Department of Agriculture (USDA) and, beginning FALL 2015, will be recruiting 15 female and/or Hispanic military veterans to pursue undergraduate degrees in Agriculture or Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines at Texas State University. 

In addition to academic and experiential education, the program provides professional development and career mentoring in agriculture, food security, and food systems with paid internships at USDA agencies and at private agricultural enterprises in the Central Texas region. Students will earn their Bachelor’s degree in the discipline of their choice, they will gain valuable skills by engaging in experiential learning at the Texas State University Students’ Sustainable Farm, build professional networks through community and industry outreach programs, gain valuable leadership skills through organized professional development activities, and conduct original research for publishing and conference presentations. 

For more Information, contact: 

- Dr. Ken Mix, Dept. of Agriculture, 

- Dr. Matthew A Eichler, Dept. of Occupational, Workforce, & Leadership Studies, 

- Dr. Ron Hagelman, Dept. of Geography,

S.M. True, Jr. Agricultural Scholar Award

S.M. True, Jr. (1923-2012) served as president of Texas Farm Bureau from 1982 to 1993. Mr. True was part of the "Greatest Generation" serving his country in World War II as a U.S. Navy fighter pilot. Following his distinguished military service, Mr. True began his farming career with his wife, Anna Jean, in Hale County near Plainview, Texas. He produced cotton, wheat, feed grains, and beef cattle and continued a keen interest in the farm and in agricultural issues until his death. S.M. True, Jr. had a passion for improving the lives of his fellow farmers and ranchers. He worked tirelessly through several organizations, but most diligently through Farm Bureau. He had a knack for getting things done and believed that Farm Bureau was the organization that best represented agriculture because of its grassroots orientation. Mr. True was an outstanding leader who inspired others to follow. He was a beacon of optimism for farmers and ranchers--always saying agriculture’s best days are yet ahead. The TFB S.M. True, Jr. Agricultural Scholar Award is a tribute to his leadership, positive attitude, and spirit of optimism.S.M. True, Jr. Agricultural Scholar Award

Hill Country Sheep and Goat Organization Scholarship

Hill Country Sheep & Goat Organization scholarships are open to all students who graduated from an accredited high school in one of these Texas hill country counties: Bandera, Blanco, Edwards, Gillespie, Kendall, Kerr, Kimble, Llano, Menard, Real, Mason, or Sutton. For continuing college students, there is an additional requirement that they have completed 60 college credit hours. This is a highly competitive scholarship contest, with awards ranging from $250 to $2000 per student. The application includes some questions reflecting financial need, but it is most important to stress that the awards will be based on the Committee's impression of each student as presented by their written essays. References submitted with the application will be contacted for verification. 

Agriculture Faculty Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship was established by Dr. Tollie R. Buie, a long-time professor and later chairman of the SWT Agriculture Department, for freshman students in memory of the retired and deceased faculty members of the SWT Agriculture Department.  Recipients must be graduates of Texas high schools, eligible for a bachelor's degree in agriculture, maintain a GPA of 2.5 or higher and be a full-time student.  


Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Scholarship

This scholarship was established for students in the Department of Agriculture or students working toward a degree in some phase of agriculture, recipients shall be selected by the Department of Agriculture Scholarship Committee annually.  Eligibility criteria includes a major in Agriculture, a 2.75 GPA, must be a full-time student and be enrolled in and successfully complete at least one agriculture class per semester while under scholarship. 


San Antonio Livestock Exposition Agribusiness Scholarship

This scholarship is valued at $2,000 per year for four years; applicants must meet or exceed the following criteria:
  • Be in the top 10 % of the high school graduating class and/or attain a 24/1050 on the ACT/SAT tests
  • Maintain a 3.25 grade point average (4.0) scale while attending Texas State
  • Qualify as a full-time student each fall and spring semester 
  • Be a Texas resident and a graduate of a Texas High School 

Star of Texas Scholarship

This scholarship was established for central Texas youth.  Section criteria includes;
  • GPA of 90 or better
  • Class rank must be in the top 25% of their high school class
  • ACT/SAT 18/800 or better
  • Students must show leadership qualities
  • Demonstrate financial need (a minimum of 20% of selection criteria)

San Antonio Livestock Exposition, Inc. Undergraduate Scholarship

This scholarship will provide three (3) four-year scholarships to undergraduate students (freshman) in the amount of $16,000 each. 

Two of the three scholarship recipients must be from the Donor's market area: Bexar, or the other following San Antonio counties: Kendall, Comal, Guadalupe, Wilson, Atascosa, Frio, Medina or Bandera.