Youth Entrepreneurship & College Scholarships
With the support of Capital Farm Credit, the San Antonio Livestock Show and Rodeo, UTSA’s Rural Business Program, and Small Business Development Center’s around the state, Pioneers gain hands-on experience in developing new businesses in their communities. Pioneers students complete written business plans and perform business pitches to compete for $36,000 in scholarships and cash awards that are awarded by the San Antonio Livestock Show and Rodeo in the Capital Farm Credit Rural Youth Entrepreneurship Competition.
Capital Farm Credit is a member-owned cooperative providing financing to rural landowners, country homeowners, agricultural operators and agribusiness firms throughout Texas, with offices conveniently located throughout the state.
The San Antonio Livestock Show and Rodeo has grown to one of the largest, most prestigious single events in the city of San Antonio, with over one million visitors entering the grounds each year. Also known as San Antonio Livestock Exposition, Inc. (S.A.L.E.), it is a volunteer organization that emphasizes agriculture and education to develop the youth of Texas.
The UTSA Rural Business Program is a specialty center affiliated with the UTSA South-West Texas Border Small Business Development Center Network, a 79-county service area that covers the Gulf Coast of Texas as well as South and West Texas, that provides rural communities and small to medium-sized businesses with technical assistance to help them grow, develop and create new jobs.
“During the creation of my business plan, I learned many things about myself. I learned that you can accomplish anything no matter how difficult it may seem with hard work and persistence. I also learned that the world of business is actually quite interesting, and I am adding business into my future career possibilities. I also learned how to market something that other consumers would appreciate and buy.”
“The most impacting part of the entrepreneurship portion of the Pioneers Leadership class is the ability of being capable of starting a business. I now understand how businesses generally manage their money which I was before completely unaware of. Even now, I am able to help my father prepare a business plan he is required to do because of financial farming struggles. The entrepreneurship part of Pioneers has benefited me greatly academically and outside of school.”