North Texas Fair & Rodeo Scholarship Recipients Announced

[DENTON, TEXAS] – Notified June 27, 2023, four local students were awarded scholarships by the North Texas State Fair Association for the 2023-2024 school year. Scholarships are one way that the association gives back and contributes to the mission of supporting youth, agriculture and community. Applications were due by June 1, 2023.

Awarded the North Texas State Fair Association scholarship was Bryce Borchardt from Krum, Texas. Borchardt has been involved in FFA and 4H for 10 years and plans to study Animal Science at Texas A&M University.

Graham Whitewood from Sanger, Texas was the recipient of the Bob C. Powers scholarship. Whitewood has been involved in FFA for seven years and plans to major in Animal Science and minor in Construction Management at Texas Tech University.

The recipient of the Robert Bell & Bobby Jones Memorial Trade or Vocational scholarship was Katelyn Collins from Corinth, Texas. Collins has been involved in FFA for three years, currently represents the fair association as the Miss North Texas Rodeo Teen Queen and plans to attend Texas Tech University to study Equine Science and Agribusiness.

Rhiannon Klodowski was awarded the Harry Hall & Bill Allen Continuing Education scholarship. Originally from Pilot Point, Texas, Klodowski attends Texas A&M University – Commerce where she studies Animal Science. She currently represents the fair association as the Miss North Texas Rodeo Queen.

The NTFR is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation of western heritage. All revenue is reinvested into programs, scholarships and facilities. The NTFR, and its associates, contribute around $500,000 each year to area youth. According to the Center of Economic Development at the University of North Texas, the NTFR and its facilities have a $7 million economic impact in Denton County and an approximately $4 million impact on the City of Denton.

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