The purpose of the STLA Youth Scholarship Program
is to help qualifying high-school students involved
with our organization fund
additional educational endeavors
upon their completion of high school.
All scholarship applications must be submitted between
1st and April 15th of each school year.
YOUTH SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM RULES & CRITERIA
FUNDING: All proceeds from STLA-sponsored Silent Auctions throughout the year will benefit the STLA Youth Scholarship Program. Additional funding may come from memorial and/or honorary contributions, as well as funding from the STLA General Fund as needed, with Board approval.
ADMINISTRATION OF SCHOLARSHIP FUND: The STLA Scholarship Committee will be established and consist of not less than three members and not more than five members. A minimum of two Board members will be on the Committee. The Committee will be appointed annually before January 1 by the President and STLA Board of Directors.
The STLA Treasurer will keep a separate recording of the monies dedicated to the STLA Youth Scholarship Fund. The STLA Youth Scholarship Fund monies will be kept in and disbursed from the General Fund unless the STLA Board of Directors directs the Treasurer otherwise.
RECIPIENTS OF THE SCHOLARSHIP(S): The STLA Youth Scholarships should be inclusive to all young people worthy of a Scholarship. There will be two types of Scholarships that youth may apply for if they meet the criteria set forth and outlined below in Sections A or B (below). The Committee has the right to reject any scholarship application that is not properly completed or does not meet the criteria and/or is submitted with an improper essay. An applicant may apply for both Scholarship categories, however, qualified applicants can ony be awarded one Scholarship. These Scholarships may be used at any accredited University, College, or Trade/Technical School.
(A) The STLA Breeders of Tomorrow Scholarship:
Any young person that has been a member of STLA, or who's Parent or Guardian has been a member of STLA, in good standing for the current and previous two years in which the Scholarship will be awarded will be eligible to apply for the South Texas Longhorn Association Breeders of Tomorrow Scholarship (i.e. if a scholarship is to be awarded in 2017, one would have to have been a member in good standing throughout 2015 & 2016).
The applicant must complete and return the application form and all associated documents during the period between February 1 and April 15 of the applicant's senior year of high school. In addition to the application form, the applicant must complete an essay on the topic chosen by the Scholarship Committee for that year. The essay topic is presented on the application form for that specific year.
(B) The STLA Kids & Horns Scholarship:
Any young person that has exhibited cattle in a minimum of ten (10) of the STLA-sponsored Youth Longhorn Shows occurring within the last four (4) school years will be eligible to apply for the South Texas Longhorn Association's Kids & Horns Scholarship. Participation in each show must be indicated in the appropriate area on the application form and actual show entry and participation for the event will be verified against STLA show records.
A scholarship applicant must complete and return the application form and all associated documents during the period between February 1 and April 15 of the applicant's senior year of high school. In addition to the application form, the applicant must complete an essay on the topic chosen by the Scholarship Committee for that year. The essay topic may be different from the STLA Breeders of Tomorrow Scholarship topic. This will be determined each year by the STLA Scholarship Committee and is shown on the application form.
VALUE OF THE SCHOLARSHIP(S): The value of any one scholarship starting in 2017 will be a minimum of One Thousand Five Hundred Dollars ($1,500 USD). The value of the scholarship may be adjusted to a lesser amount in coming years if the Scholarship Committee deems it necessary, but all scholarships will be of equal value. As education costs continue to rise and if the fund balance grows, the dollar amount of the Scholarships awarded may be increased on an equal basis by a majority vote of the STLA Board of Directors, but in no event will the change be temporary.
ANNOUNCEMENTS OF SCHOLARSHIP(S): The announcements of the STLA Scholarship recipients are to be made by May 15 of the current year. The recipients of the Scholarships will be issued a letter advising the Applicant/Recipient of the Scholarship award with a copy of the letter sent to the recipient's High School Counselor. Press Releases will also be issued by the Committee to all appropriate news publications including the Recipient's hometown newspaper.
RELEASE OF SCHOLARSHIP FUNDS: Each recipient will be required to send a letter of thank you to the STLA General Membership (in care of the current President) within 30 days of notification of the Scholarship Award. The recipient must also notify the Committee of the name and contact information of the school that they will be attending including necessary information for STLA to send the funds to the recipient's school of choice.
The Scholarship monies will be sent directly to the recipient's school and applied to the recipient's account at the school. The funds are to be paid to the school during the current year. If the need to delay payment arises, the recipient must receive approval from the Scholarship Committee to delay payment in order not to forfeit the scholarship award, but in no instance, will a scholarship funding payment be delayed longer than five (5) years from the award notification date. If Scholarship monies have been issued to a school as directed by a Scholarship recipient and the recipient does not attend the school, it is expected that the Scholarship monies will be returned to the STLA Scholarship Fund.
ADDITIONS, DELETIONS AND CHANGES: Any additions, deletions and changes must have the approval of a majority of the STLA Board of Directors as provided in the STLA Bylaws.
USE THE LINKS BELOW TO DOWNLOAD NECESSARY APPLICATION FORMS, COMPLETE THE INFORMATION REQUESTED ON THE APPLICATION, AND MAIL THE APPLICATION WITH THE OTHER NECESSARY DOCUMENTS TO THE ADDRESS LISTED AT THE BOTTOM OF THE PAGE:
Submission of STLA Youth Scholarship Applications
For more information, please e-mail:
Please send all completed application materials by US Mail
or overnight service to:
STLA Scholarship Committee Chair
1004 Lisa Drive
Austin, TX 78733