Education has been a fundamental goal of the Fort Worth Stock Show Syndicate from day one, and it shows. Over the years, the organization has helped more than 8,000 kids pursue their agricultural goals by providing over $52.7 million in funds to Texas youth by purchasing their projects at the Fort Worth Stock Show Junior Livestock Auction. In most cases, these funds are a critical element in their plans to pursue a college education. In addition, the Syndicate has an endowed scholarship fund.
The James M. “Jim Bob” Norman Scholarship Fund was established in 1984 as a permanent endowment in memory of Norman, who was chairman of the Syndicate at the time of his death. Norman was active in many youth organizations and it was his dream to start a college scholarship endowment to help young Texas men and women pursue agricultural careers.
Since its inception, the endowment has provided over $1.6 million in scholarships to young men and women. The Fund currently grants 24 $10,000 scholarships each year to Texas high school students. The scholars must attend a Texas institution in pursuit of a four-year bachelor degree in an agricultural or life sciences curriculum. They must enroll in and complete at least twelve hours each semester. The scholarships are granted through and administered by 4-H and FFA. The Fund stays in touch with its scholars’ progress through reports from 4-H and FFA as well as direct communication with the scholars.