Scholarship Time!

  • Reata Collins Receives WRCA Foundation Scholarship

Early in the history of the Working Ranch Cowboys Association, providing opportunities for ranching’s next generation was a priority. As such, the WRCA Foundation (WRCF) annually awards scholarships for young ranch kids and non-traditional students to pursue their dreams in agriculture and beyond.

In 2017, 42 scholars were given a hand-up to the tune of $57,000 toward their education. That marked the biggest class and the most scholarship money the Foundation has ever awarded.

This year, Cargill Animal Nutrition has stepped up in a big way to offer a new four-year scholarship, worth $2,000 per year (or $1,000 per semester). Through many venues, Cargill has always supported agricultural education, but by partnering with the WRCF, they are focusing some of their support on the young people who were raised on the land.

To apply for that scholarship—as well as the others—the deadline is March 1. Now, it’s important to know that while most scholarships do end up going to graduating seniors entering an agricultural course of study, the WRCF encourages non-traditional students to apply as well. Whether you’re a current college student, moving on to graduate school, going to nursing school, seeking a vocational certificate such as welding, horseshoeing, or equine dentistry, the WRCF wants to help.

Of course, students with a strong background in ranching and agriculture, or with the goal of making ranching a career, are always strongly considered—and need is among the considerations.

For a complete rundown of all the scholarship information you might need and to get an application, either call the office at (806) 374-9722 or email


Photo: Reata Collins Receives WRCA Foundation Scholarship. Pictured above left to right: Ken Collins, Reata Collins, Marvelle Collins, Kaycee Hooper—WRCA