Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo officials traveled to the Texas FFA Convention in Dallas to award 70 high school seniors with four-year, $18,000 college scholarships, totaling $1.26 million, on Wednesday, July 10.

The first Show scholarship was awarded to an FFA member from Bellaire High School in Houston 57 years ago. Since that time, more than $22 million has been awarded to 2,700 Texas FFA members, with more than 280 current scholars.

In 2013, the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo has dedicated $24.6 million to scholarships, research, endowments, calf scramble participants, junior show exhibitors, School Art participants and other educational programs.

The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo is a Section 501(c)(3) charity that benefits youth, supports education, and facilitates better agricultural practices through exhibitions and presentation. Since its beginning in 1932, the Show has committed more than $330 million to the youth of Texas.

The 2014 Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo will run March 4-23. For more information, visit www.rodeohouston.com.

Local 2013 FFA Scholarship Recipients as of Wednesday, July 10, 2013, are Jordyn Senkirik, Brownwood FFA, and Heather Speck, Early FFA.