Since 1992, the State Fair of Texas Scholarship Program has awarded scholarships to academically talented students who graduate from high schools in the Dallas State Fair Park area. In 1993, the State Fair of Texas Scholarship Program expanded its youth support by awarding scholarships to academically talented students who participated in the State Fair of Texas Youth Livestock Shows. The 2014 - 2015 Youth Livestock Show will be held this fall during the 128th State Fair of Texas, September 26 to October 19, at Fair Park in Dallas, Texas.
The State Fair of Texas is awarding 309 scholarships for the 2014 - 2015 school year. This includes 66 new and 139 renewed Youth Livestock Scholarships and 51 new and 53 renewed recently renamed Pete Schenkel Scholarships (for students from the Fair Park area high schools).
Miss Gipson participated in the State Fair of Texas Youth Livestock Shows in the Agri-Science Fairs of 2011 and 2012 placing third in 2012. In high school she has been an active member of FFA, National Honor Society, UIL Math, Calculator and Science Teams and GHS Theatre Group.
Mr. Nelson participated in the State Fair of Texas Youth Livestock Show in 2012 and 2013. He competed in the Agricultural Public Speaking Contest. In high school he has been an active member of FFA, 4-H Club, National Honor Society, Pole Vaulting, and the Student Council.
Both students have held numerous offices in their clubs and received many awards and honors during their high school careers and both have been active in community service.
Both students plan to attend Texas A&M College Station.
Miss Gipson plans to major in agricultural leadership & development. She is the daughter of Gary Gipson and Donna Sue Perkins of Gilmer.
Mr. Nelson plans to major in agricultural engineering. He is the son of Troy and Marie Nelson of Ore City.