"I'm a first generation college student and, at first, when I was growing up, I didn't know what college was. I just thought that you graduate from high school and start working."
The road to college was filled with adversity for UH student Edward Carrizales, not the least of which was money to go to college. The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo (HLSR) helped him get there by helping him ease the financial stress.
"My dad worked Monday through Friday and most of the time he was out of town," he said. "My mom works almost every day just to provide something for us to eat and live."
Carrizales, who is double majoring in Management Information Systems and Accounting, joins other UH students as Rodeo Scholars. He received a Metropolitan scholarship, one of several offered by the HLSR. The first HLSR scholarship was awarded to a UH student in 1987. Since then nearly 1,500 UH students have received nearly $14 million in scholarships.
"I'm really thankful, thankful that they selected me because it opened the world to me," he said. "That money really helped me to follow my dreams. At the time, I didn't know what I wanted to be, but it helped me with that next process in life, which is to attend college."
Carrizales is considering his options—corporate, government, graduate school—and today everything seems possible.
"Thanks to them, I'm one step closer to graduating and fulfilling my dreams."
Rodeo Scholars are part of what's happening at the University of Houston.
Image courtesy of Rodeo Houston