RodeoHouston honors Reba McEntire with named scholarship

The flamed-hair singer is the second to receive the honor

The Reba McEntire Scholarship was announced to honor the country music icon, Reba, before her 26th RodeoHouston performance Thursday, March 6th. Reba is only the second entertainer to receive a scholarship in her name, following George Strait in 2013.

“The Show values Reba’s commitment and dedication to our organization,” said Joel Cowley, Show president and CEO. “In return, we would like to show our appreciation with a scholarship that will display the same commitment and dedication to our youth.”

The $18,000 scholarship will be given annually, from 2014 forward, through the Show’s Educational Fund.

Reba’s friendship with the Show began in 1984, when she gave her first two RodeoHouston performances in the Astrodome. The talented singer immediately became a Show favorite and returned to perform another 18 years, with two shows in some years. This year’s performance marked Reba’s 26th RodeoHouston performance, in front of a cumulative total of more than 1.4 million fans. She stands with country legends Charley Pride and George Strait for most RodeoHouston performances, and is the first and only woman to be inducted into the Show’s Star Trail of Fame.

One of only four entertainers in history to be given the National Artistic Achievement Award by the U.S. Congress, Reba is an icon not only for country artists, but for all musicians. In 1974, she was discovered by cowboy singer Red Steagall when she sang the national anthem at the National Finals Rodeo in Oklahoma City. A year later, Reba signed a record deal.

Author: Buddy Iahn

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