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Scholarships from Go Texan continue to rise

By LAURA HENSLEY

Eagle Staff Writer

The number and value of scholarships awarded by the Brazos County Go Texan Association continues to grow, as $84,000 in scholarships for 17 local students was awarded in 2004.

“We had a record-breaking year, and we keep setting our goals higher,” said Donald Lampo, president of Brazos County Go Texan. “That’s what we are all about — helping kids.”

The group hopes to raise $100,000 this year.

Each year since 1973, the Brazos County Go Texan Association has given scholarships to promote Texas agriculture and college education. The association partners with the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo.

Recent scholarship winners Lindsay Burke and Kyle West, both of Bryan, said they are grateful for the money. They said without it, they would struggle to pay hefty tuition bills.

“We’re very thankful,” said Burke, who is a freshman animal science major at Texas A&M University. “All the hard work we did raising and showing animals has paid off.”

Burke and West both have older siblings who received Go Texan scholarships in previous years.

“This has helped our entire family,” said West, a freshman agribusiness major at A&M.

Sheila Teague is one of 30 volunteer committee members who help organize Go Texan fund-raisers throughout the year. She got involved with the local chapter of Go Texan because she, too, received a scholarship from Go Texan in her hometown of Liberty Hill upon graduating from high school in 1988.

“As a scholarship recipient, I know how that money really helps,” said Teague, who attended Texas A&M University with the help of the $8,000 scholarship. “I know how it impacted my life. Now I want to give back. Nothing brings me more joy than raising money for these kids and helping them fulfill their dreams.”

To meet its fund-raising goals this year, Brazos County Go Texan is planning major events in January and April.

The annual Go Texan dance and auction will be Jan. 22 at the Texas Hall of Fame. Tickets to the dance, with music provided by the Donny Waller Band, cost $10.

The Go Texan Barbecue Cook Off will be April 29 and 30 at Kurten Community Center. This year, the cook-off will involve teams from 60 counties that also have Go Texan associations, and the teams will compete for money for their scholarship funds. More details will be announced at a later date.

• Laura Hensley’s e-mail address is laura.hensley@theeagle.com.

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