Rodeo Teams Will Compete for Scholarships at Nebraska State Fair

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September 4, 2015

Lincoln, Neb. — The third annual Nebraska High School Rodeo will take place Sept.7 at the Nebraska State Fair. For the first time, the fair will co-host the rodeo with college rodeo teams from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture-Curtis, Chadron State College, Hastings College and Mid-Plains Community College. 

The prizes for this year's rodeo are larger than ever thanks to Lincoln Industries who provided $15,000 in scholarship prizes. The scholarships are applicable to any post-secondary school in Nebraska. 

"We're grateful for the opportunity to work with the Nebraska State Fair, the Nebraska High School Rodeo Association and these Nebraska colleges to provide scholarships in Nebraska, focused on keeping our Nebraska kids in Nebraska for their higher education," said Tom Hance, CEO of Lincoln Industries.

The competition for the scholarships will be in the "Rodeo Showcase" beginning at 4 p.m. 

"This is the first time in anyone's memory that a high school rodeo has had scholarship prizes of this magnitude. We're really excited,” said Nebraska High School Rodeo Association president Jason Mathis.

The UNL Rodeo Association is a member of the Great Plains Region of the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association. About 250 contestants from six states compete in 10 rodeos throughout the year for a chance to qualify for the College National Finals Rodeo.

Jill Brown
Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources

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