Fort Worth Stock Show Syndicate


Since 1980


Education has been a fundamental goal of the Fort Worth Stock Show Syndicate from day one. The James M. “Jim Bob” Norman Scholarship Fund was established in 1984 in memory of Mr. Norman, who was chairman of the Syndicate at the time of his death. Norman was active in many youth organizations, and it was his dream to start a college scholarship endowment to help young Texas men and women pursue agricultural careers.
FWSSS group scholarship photo
scholarship award

Since its inception, the fund has provided over $3 million in scholarships to young men and women. In 2022, 24 scholarships of $10,000 each were awarded to 12 4H students and 12 FFA students. The scholars must attend a Texas institution in pursuit of a four-year bachelor’s degree in an agricultural or life sciences curriculum. They must enroll in and complete at least 12 hours each semester. The scholarships are granted through and administered by 4-H and FFA. The Fund stays in touch with its scholars’ progress through reports from 4-H and FFA as well as direct communication with the scholars.

Initial and expansion funding was provided by individual, corporate and foundation contributions. In addition, contributions are made each year in conjunction with the Junior Livestock Auction. If you are interested in participating in our mission to encourage youth to pursue agricultural careers, please contact us to discuss the possibilities for making tax-deductible contributions.

Doug Cassidy, Vice Chairman-Scholarship

Apply for Scholarships

All Texas high school students interested in applying for scholarships should contact their 4-H or FFA representative or the statewide organization as follows.

Texas 4-H Youth Development Foundation

2473 TAMU
College Station, Texas 77843-2473
Phone: (979) 845-1213
Fax: (979) 845-6495
Website: Texas 4-H

Texas FFA Foundation

614 East 12th Street
Austin, Texas 78701
Phone: (512) 480-8047
Fax: (512) 472-0555
Website: Texas FFA

Become a Contributor

Ignite the mission by supporting these young agricultural leaders in their future agriculture careers.