Zephyr EnvironmenBrandt_4919tal Engineer Kimberly Brandt served as a guest speaker at the annual Scholarship Awards Ceremony hosted by Rodeo Austin on Thursday, August 8th, at the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum.

As a former scholarship recipient upon her graduation from John H. Reagan High School, Brandt shared how the scholarship helped her pursue a Chemical Engineering degree at Texas A&M University in College Station, and be the first in her family to earn a four-year diploma. She described the importance of participating in a university’s cooperative educational program, which eventually lead to her environmental career path. Along with recognizing the gift of education, Brandt encouraged the graduates to set goals, stay focused, and to give back to their communities.RodeoAustin

As one of central Texas’ largest non-profit providers, Rodeo Austin proudly awarded a record $484,000 in college scholarships to 45 students at this year’s ceremony, ranging in amounts from $4,000 to $16,000. All the recipients will be heading off to a Texas college or university in the fall. Since its inception in 1981, Rodeo Austin has awarded over $6 million in college scholarships. The organization partners with Texas colleges and universities, as well as 4-H and FFA Foundations, to provide scholarships for deserving Texas students.