The Austin County Fair Association is currently accepting scholarship applications. All applications listed below may be found on the Austin County Fair website; www.austincountyfair.com or in the counselors’ office at the area high schools. Applications may also be picked up at the Austin County Fair Office. Eligible applicants of all scholarships must be a graduating high school senior and rank academically in the upper 50 percent of their graduating class. Applicants must be an active member and in good standing of Texas FFA, 4- H or FCCLA.
Applications must include an official high school transcript, photograph and a letter of recommendation. Applications will be reviewed and recipients will be selected by the Austin County Fair Scholarship Committee. Applications must be submitted to the student’s high school counselor by the end of the school day on April 13, or to the Austin County Fair Office no later than 5 p.m. on April 13. Questions can be directed to the Fair Office at 979-865-5995.
Austin County Fair Memorial Scholarship
Since 1993, The Austin County Fair Association has been awarding Memorial Scholarships in memory of deceased directors and deceased spouses of directors. The Fair Association takes pride in awarding scholarships to the youth of Austin County for all their hard work they put towards their 4-H and FFA projects. To continue raising scholarships, the Austin County Fair works hard all year long preparing for the Summer Music Fest, the County Fair and other projects that help support the scholarship fund. Funding is also made possible through generous individuals in our community and memorial dedications of deceased supporters of the Austin County Fair Association.
In addition to the Fair Memorial Scholarship, the Austin County Fair Association offers the opportunity for seniors to apply for the Harold Luhn Memorial Scholarship, the C.W. and Lillie Brandes Memorial Scholarship, the Ed Michalke Memorial Scholarship and the Judy Tiemann Memorial Scholarship.
Harold Luhn Agricultural Memorial Scholarship
Since 2009, the Austin County Fair Association has been awarding the Harold Luhn Agricultural Memorial Scholarship in memory of Harold Luhn. Harold was an active member of the Austin County Fair Association since 1989. In 2003, Harold was elected President to the Austin County Fair Association for a 3 year term. His countless hours of volunteerism were always for the betterment of the Austin County Fair Association. He believed that the youth of Austin County would forever be our future. The Harold Luhn Agricultural Memorial Scholarship will be awarded to a qualified recipient that will pursue a course of study in the field of agricultural. This scholarship will be given in memory of Harold Luhn through an endowment funded by Chuck and Rita Scianna in the amount of $3,500.
C.W. and Lillie Brandes Scholarship
The Austin County Fair Association will award three C.W. and Lillie Brandes scholarships in the amount of $3,500 each to well deserving qualified recipients who pursue a course of study in the field of agriculture. C.W. Brandes, with the support of his wife, Lillie; have been involved with the Austin County Fair Association since the early 60’s. In 1960, Charlie Brandes was elected president of the Fair Association and served a 2 year term. In 1963 he was elected Vice President and served a 1 year term and then was reelected president in 1964. He held the office as president until 1977. In 1978, Charlie Brandes became Fair Manager and held that position until his retirement in 1995. Shortly after his retirement, the entertainment center was named in his honor. The C.W. and Lillie Brandes scholarship is endowed by their granddaughter, Tracey and her husband Jim O’Neil.
Ed Michalke Memorial Scholarship
The family of Ed Michalke will award one cholarship in his memory. Ed Michalke was a longtime supporter and friend of the Austin County Fair. Ed started working with Austin County 4-H and FFA students in the mid 1960’s. He served in many county and District 4-H leadership roles and was on the board of directors of the Austin County Fair for more than 20 years. He is now considered an Honorary Lifetime Member of the Fair Association. In 2000, he was selected to be the parade marshal for the 73rd Austin County Fair. Ed Michalke was a familiar face for well over 30 years serving as security for the fair. His contributions and legacy to the Austin County Fair will always be remembered.
Judy Tiemann Memorial Scholarship
The family of Judy Tiemann will award one scholarship in her memory to a calf scramble participant. Judy served on the board of directors with the Austin County Fair Association from July 1997-July 2006. Judy was the founder of the Austin County Fair Calf Scramble in 1990; retiring in 2010. Judy was able to run over $20,000 in donations through this program to help the kids of Austin County start their own beef herd. Many showmen looked up to her for her guidance and knowledge that she had of the beef industry. Judy was an honorary member of the Texas Jr. Maine Anjou Association, Texas Club Calf Association and Washington County Fair Beef Commission. She also received the Leader of the Year Award for the Austin County 4-H Club. The calf scramble to this day continues to be successful because of her hard work, determination and drive to help the youth of Austin County. Judy passed away in August of 2011 from a lengthy illness. It is the hope of her family and the Fair Association that through this scholarship her legacy be kept alive and she will never be forgotten.