Austin County Fair Association awards scholarships

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The Austin County Fair Association is pleased to announce the 2018 recipients of the Austin County Fair Scholarships. The Austin County Fair Association held their inaugural Scholarship Recipient Reception prior to the monthly Board of Directors meeting.

All students receiving a scholarship from the Association were invited along with their families. The Austin County Fair has been awarding scholarships in memory of deceased directors and deceased director’s spouses since 1992. At that time, the scholarship program originally awarded six scholarships in the amount of $1,000 each. Over the years, the Fair Association has been increasing scholarships.

This year, 19 scholarships will be awarded to Austin County students totaling $57,500. The Fair Association takes great pride in giving back to these students from our community for their hard work and dedication that they have shown throughout the years.

The Austin County Fair Memorial Scholarships are funded from money raised throughout the year through various activities and the support of the community and dedicated board members. Included in the scholarships awarded is:

•The Harold Luhn Agricultural Memorial Scholarship which is presented to an exhibitor who will pursue a career in agriculture. Harold Luhn was an active member of the Fair Association and believed that the youth of Austin County world forever be our future. The Harold Luhn Memorial Scholarship is endowed by Chuck & Rita Scianna.

•The C.W. & Lillie Brandes Agricultural Memorial Scholarships will be awarded to three students that will also pursue a career in agriculture and is endowed by their granddaughter, Tracey O’Neil and her husband Jim. C.W. Brandes, with the support of his wife, Lillie, were involved with the Austin County Fair Association since the early 60’s. During that time, Charlie Brandes served as President and Fair Manager.

•The Ed Michalke Memorial Scholarship will be given in memory of Ed Michalke. Mr. Michalke was a longtime supporter of the Austin County Fair Association since the mid 60’s working with Austin County 4-H and FFA students. For 30 years, Ed Michalke was a familiar face with the Fair Association serving as security for the fair. The Ed Michalke Memorial Scholarship is endowed by the Michalke Family.

•The Judy Tiemann Memorial scholarship will be awarded to an exhibitor that has been involved in the Calf Scramble program. Judy Tiemann was a director of the Fair Association in 1997-2006 and was the founder of the Austin County Fair Calf Scramble program. Judy began this program in 1990 with the purpose of teaching exhibitors the importance of the beef industry. This program continues to strive to this day because of her dedication to the youth.

The Austin County Fair Association works hard all year committing many countless volunteer hours working towards their goal of continuing to raise scholarships. The Austin County Fair Association will have awarded $695,000 in scholarships since 1992.

The Austin County Fair Association would like to extend their congratulations to all the graduating seniors in Austin County and wish them the best of luck in their future endeavors!

2018 AUSTIN COUNTY FAIR MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP

$3,500.00

Sarah Mahlmann…………..………………….……..…….……..….Bellville High School

Conner Neumann…………………….….………..…........................Bellville High School

Erin Kovar……………………….….………..…...............................Brazos High School

Savanah Kovar……………………….….………..…........................Brazos High School

Molly Dittert…………………………………….…………..…….....Sealy High School

Rayann Rabius….…….……………………….……..………….…..Sealy High School

$3,000.00

Allison Babylon.…………..………………….……..…….……..….Bellville High School

Brian Sifford……………………….….………..…...........................Bellville High School

Colten Mayo…………………….….………..…...............................Brazos High School

Kyle Nieman……………………….….………..…...........................Brazos High School

Mark Bonaccorso………………………………….…………..…….....Sealy High School

Jordan Murray….….…….……………………….……..………….…..Sealy High School

Paige Schultz..….….…….……………………….……..………….…..Sealy High School

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2018 HAROLD LUHN AGRICULTURAL MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP

Endowed by Chuck & Rita Scianna

$3,500.00

Connor Neumann…….………………………………….………...Bellville High School

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2018 C.W. & LILLIE BRANDES AGRICULTURAL MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP

Endowed by Tracey & Jim O’Neil

$3,500.00

Brennan Brandes…..…….……………………………...……….....Sealy High School

Kelseye Craft……………………….…………………………..........Sealy High School

Molly Dittert..…..……….………………………………………….Sealy High School

2018 JUDY TIEMANN MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP

$1,000

Connor Neumann……………………………………………………Bellville High School

2018 ED MICHALKE MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP

$500

Molly Dittert………………………...………………………………….Sealy High School

The Fair Association would also like to acknowledge the hard work and time that the queen contestants put into to selling tickets for the Austin County Fair. To award these young ladies for their hard work and dedication, the Fair Association awards scholarships to the Fair Queen, Runner-Up Fair Queen, Ticket Queen and Runner-Up ticket Queen.

2017-2018 AUSTIN COUNTY FAIR QUEEN SCHOLARSHIPS

QUEEN

$2,000.00

Aunnika Wittner..…………………………………………………..Bellville High School

RUNNER-UP QUEEN

$1,500.00

Miranda Josey…..……………………………………….………….Bellville High School

TICKET QUEEN

$2,000.00

Meghan Hein…………………………………………………… ….Sealy High School

RUNNER-UP TICKET QUEEN

$1,500.00

Kaylin Krebs…………………………………………………..…....Bellville High School

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