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There’s Lots to Whoop and Holler About This Go Texan Day!


By Marie Jacinto

de391ae9-fd62-47b9-b886-eb641cebef6a (002) (1)For final-semester students in need of financial support to complete their coursework, there’s lots to cheer about this Go Texan Day, thanks to a $125,000 grant from the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo™ (HLSR)!

The Bridge Grant for Financial Gaps is being used to help would-be graduates in financial need so they may complete their coursework, receive their diplomas in a timely manner, and enter the workforce as professionals. Approved by the Educational Contributions Review Committee of the HLSR, this “finish line grant” is serving as a one-time award, aiding students completing coursework in their final semester at UHD. The value of each award will be in response to the needs of each student in need who has a graduation application on file, is in good academic standing, and is registered in their final semester before graduation.

Since its beginning in 1932, the Rodeo has committed more than $600 million to the youth of Texas and education, making HLSR one of the largest scholarship providers in the U.S. The 2024 Rodeo is scheduled for Feb. 27 – March 17.

“HLSR wants to ensure that the goals and dreams of UHD students are not derailed by financial burdens that could alter their careers and the earning potential that a college degree affords them,” said Chris Boleman, Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo president and CEO. “Just as UHD offers academic support and interventions through targeted tutoring, mentoring, and advising for its students, HLSR is proud to partner with the University to provide the financial stability for its soon-to-be graduates who need the aid to succeed.”

UHD President Loren J. Blanchard said the grant will help many underfunded Gators, adding that they often "get so close to graduation yet don’t have the resources to cross the finish line. The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo is now making the dream of a college diploma a reality for hundreds of our would-be graduates. UHD is proud to celebrate 50 years of helping students and families move up the socioeconomic ladder by earning degrees of value in a reasonable time and with as little debt as possible.” 


About the University of Houston-Downtown

The University of Houston-Downtown (UHD) is the second-largest university in Houston and has served the educational needs of the nation’s fourth-largest city since 1974. As one of four distinct public universities in the University of Houston System, UHD is a comprehensive, four-year university led by President Loren J. Blanchard. Annually, UHD educates approximately 14,000 students, boasts more than 66,000 alumni, and offers 45 bachelor’s degrees, 12 master’s degrees, and 19 online programs within four colleges: Marilyn Davies College of Business, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, College of Public Service, and College of Sciences and Technology. UHD has one of the lowest tuition rates in Texas.

U.S. News and World Report ranked UHD among the nation’s Best Online Bachelor’s Programs for Applied Administration and Best Online Master’s Programs in Criminal Justice, as well as a Top Performer in Social Mobility. The Wall Street Journal/College Pulse ranked UHD one of the best colleges in the U.S. for its 2024 rankings, with notable distinctions: No. 1 for diversity (tied) and No. 3 for student experience. The University is designated as a Hispanic-Serving Institution, a Minority-Serving Institution, and a Military Friendly School. For more information on the University of Houston-Downtown, visit uhd.edu.