PRCA and Hall of Fame Scholarship Information

Attention High School Rodeo Association Seniors!! Its not too late for a few more scholarship opportunities. Outlined below are the requirements for each scholarship. More information and applications can be found here.

PRCA Gold Buckle Scholarship – two in the amount of $1,500 each

The Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) provides the funds for these two scholarships. PRCA, headquartered in Colorado Springs, Colo., is the largest and oldest rodeo-sanctioning body in the world. The recognized leader in professional rodeo, the PRCA is committed to maintaining the highest standards in the industry in every area, from improving working conditions for contestants and monitoring livestock welfare to boosting entertainment value and promoting sponsors. These scholarships will be awarded to the two (2) individuals that most value the traditions and legacy for which the PRCA stands. The ideal candidates will plan to join the PRCA, chase the gold buckle and become ambassadors for the sport of professional rodeo.


  • Plans to compete with the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association on a collegiate rodeo team.
  • Must be competing on NIRA collegiate team in a minimum of one PRCA sanctioned discipline, which includes only: team roping, steer wrestling, tie-down roping, bareback riding, saddle bronc riding and bull riding.         :

In addition to NHSR Foundation Scholarship application requirements you must submit a 2-3 minute video addressing the question: What would it mean to you, to be a member of the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association?

  • Please state the name of the NIRA school you will be attending in the fall within the video
  • Video must be the original work of the applicant
  • Videos under 2 minutes or longer than 3 minutes will not be eligible for consideration and the application for the Gold Buckle scholarship will be considered incomplete
  • Deadline: 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, July 16, 2017
  • Email video to:
  • Winning video essay(s) may be used for promotional purposes including the winners name, picture and likeness to promote the PRCA, the sport of rodeo and related PRCA events.

ProRodeo Hall of Fame Western Heritage Scholarship – in the amount of $500

 The ProRodeo Hall of Fame provides the funds for this scholarship. It will be awarded to an individual who exemplifies Western Heritage, the Code of the West and living by Cowboy Ethics in his or her everyday life. The recipient of this scholarship should live the cowboy lifestyle every day and not just on weekends while attending a rodeo. He or she should be proud of their western heritage, promote it to others and be a role model for not only their peers, but people of all ages. Their behavior and the way they live their life should symbolize ethics, responsibility, honesty, pride, hard work, fairness and trust.

Additional Application Requirement:

In addition to the NHSR Foundation Scholarship application requirements you must submit an additional 250 word (minimum) essay answering the following question:

“In what ways do I live my life daily that exemplifies Western Heritage and shows that I am a role model for the cowboy lifestyle and symbolize ethics, responsibility, honesty, pride, hard work, fairness and trust?”

Turn your Western Heritage essay in to the PRCA booth in the Trade Show to be eligible for this scholarship. Make sure your name and state/province are on the essay.

  • Turn your application, transcripts and Foundation essay in to the Foundation Office
  • Deadline for both: 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, July 16, 2017

Youth Finals fast approaching!

Goody Bag boxes ready to be sent out from the PRCA Headquarters.

With summer fast approaching, the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association – Industry Outreach staff has been in full packing mode, preparing to pack up their trailer and head out. From getting items in and then back out of their office for goody bags, preparing free permit packets, taking over the mail room and stuffing their storage closet to the ceiling, they are about ready to hit the road and head to youth rodeo finals across the country. First stop will be at the College National Finals Rodeo in Casper, Wyoming- June 11-17.

Boxes in the Outreach storage room – filling up fast.

Immediately following the CNFR, they will be heading to Lebanon, Tennessee for the National Junior High Finals Rodeo, where the PRCA will have a booth set up and will also be running Mini Roughstock Clinics. They offer these clinics to all NHSRA members and their families. After NJHFR, they will head back to the PRCA Headquarters in Colorado for a short week, before heading out to Guthrie, Oklahoma. July 1st will be a PRCA Championship Rodeo Camp (to register for this camp, click here) and then National Little Britches Finals Rodeo starts July 3rd. They will also have a booth there and will have a Roughstock Training Zone going on throughout the week. Heading back to Colorado to reload supplies and then off again, this time to Gillette, Wyoming for the National High School Finals Rodeo. The PRCA offers many events at the NHSFR including Roughstock Clinics all week and a few meetings to cover aspects of the rodeo world with different guest speakers. The PRCA also helps sponsor the NHSFR Knowledge Bowl, which is a scholarship opportunity held during these finals. After their busy week in Gillette, the staff will head back to the PRCA Headquarters just in time to help with the Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame Induction weekend, where they will help at the  Annual Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame Golf Tournament, the Cowboy Ball and also with the Induction Ceremony. If you are around any of  these areas, make sure you stop by the Pro Rodeo Booth and say hi at the youth finals this summer!