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Koby Hood, a recent Jacksboro High School graduate, was awarded an $18,000 scholarship from the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. Hood is the son of Joel and Stacy Hood of Jacksboro. They awarded 70 Texas 4-H members with four-year, $18,000 college scholarships totaling $1.26 million during the Texas 4-H Roundup in College Station, June 10. As one of the oldest Show scholarship programs, more than 2,200 scholarships have been awarded to Texas 4-H members since the Show's first major educational commitment in 1957. For more than 100 years, the Texas 4-H has provided educational opportunities for students all over the state, and since 1932, the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo has shared in that mission of supporting Texas youth. These similar goals are what make these scholarships such an important part of the Show's educational commitment each year. 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.