Friendswood grad receives more HLSR money as UT Senior

Nearly 100 current Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo scholars earned supplementary financial support through the Show’s Achievement Scholarship Program, which awards students for exceptional educational achievements.

Kaitlyn Gruener, senior at University of Texas and Friendswood High School graduate, is one of those scholars. She has been awarded an additional $8,000 from the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo.

Gruener is studying architecture to pursue a degree. She serves as a clarinet section leader in the Longhorn Band, is president of Dinocrates chapter of Alpha Rho Chi, an architecture fraternity and is a member of TBS, a band service sorority.

"To be able to support Show scholars throughout their collegiate journey from beginning to end is a testament of the Show’s educational commitment to the youth of Texas," Joel Cowley, president and CEO of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo said. "We are proud of our scholars’ accomplishments and are thrilled to award them this opportunity, further helping to make their dream of graduating college a reality."

In 2013, the Show instituted the Achievement Scholarship Program, which allows college students currently receiving Show scholarships to apply for an additional $4,000 per semester, for up to four semesters of their junior and senior years of undergraduate studies. Students now have the possibility of being awarded a total of $32,000 in scholarship money from the Show.

To be eligible to apply, existing Show scholars must have been classified as a junior or senior by the conclusion of the 2014 spring semester, and have completed a minimum of four college semesters since their high school graduation, with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.

The 2014 achievement scholars include 98 students from 26 Texas colleges and universities excelling in 55 majors.

Gruener is the daughter of John and Barbara Gruener of Friendswood.