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HISTORY  
The International Red Brangus Breeders Association Memorial Scholarship was established as a tribute to pioneering Red Brangus Breeders to further the education of young Brangus cattlemen and cattlewomen. The initial funding for the scholarship program was donated in honor of two beloved members of the IRBBA: Mr. Jim Hunt and Ms. Wilma Buffaloe. The families and friends of these great individuals take great pride in honoring their loved ones through the recognition and support of our future leaders and breeders. In just the first three years of the program, twelve scholarships totaling $18,750 have been awarded. In May 2009, the first scholarships were awarded to two highly qualified candidates at the 2009 IRBBA Annual Meeting. These initial award were for $1,000 each. In May 2010, the second set of scholarships was awarded to three fine high school seniors at the 2010 IRBBA Annual Meeting in the amount of $1,250 each. In April 2011, the generosity of the Red Brangus breeders and efforts of the committee raised funds to provide for seven scholarships ranging in amount from $2,250 to $1,500. The recipients included both graduating high school seniors and current college undergraduate students. In 2012, four scholarships were awarded at the IRBBA Annual Meeting. All of these scholarships would not be possible without the generous support of our Red Brangus Breeders. They continually answer the call for funding to help our youth extend their educations and further their futures. In addition to many private donations to the fund, the Scholarship Committee has raised funds through a Semen Silent Acution and the IRBBA Annual Meeting, a rifle raffle and the auction of custom bronze sculptures of Brangus by renowned Texas artist, Payne Lara. To further the goals and sustainability of the Memorial Scholarship the IRBBA has established "Foundation for the Future." This campaign began in April 2012 and will create a sustainable foundation upon which the program will grow and continue to recognize and award young Brangus Breeders

"FOUNDATION FOR THE FUTURE" 
Contribution to the "Foundation for the Future" campaign can be made a number of ways. Below, you will find the different levels of contribution available. If you are interested in donating to the scholarship fund, please contact Tracee Buffaloe at traceebprice@gmail.com .

Red Brangus Legacy: $2,500 or greater

Red Brangus Visionary: $1,000 – $2,499

Red Brangus Leader: $500 – $999

Red Brangus Patron: $250 – $499

Red Brangus Friend: $100 – $249

“Red Brangus Founder”
The first five individuals to commit and donate at each level will be considered the “Founders” for that specific level of the “Foundation for the Future” campaign. For this, each “Red Brangus Founder” will receive additional recognition and a gift Gift Commitments.

The Red Brangus “Leader,” “Patron” and “Friend” support levels are annual gifts. The Red Brangus “Legacy” and “Visionary” support levels have the option to pay their commitment over a five-year period.

DONORS

Legacy

 


Visionary

 

Trio Cattle & Genetics, Founder

 

Leader



Patron



Friend



DONATION FEMALES

 

In 2013, 50 raffle tickets were sold for $100 a piece for a chance to win Buffaloe's Ms. Vincent 225Z. All proceeds of the raffle went to the IRBBA Memorial Scholarship fund. After the raffle, Munoz Cattle Co. had purchased the winning ticket.

 

In 2012, CX Ms Home Run “Wilma” 503/Y, a June 2011 daughter of CX Home Run 135/P was donated by Cox Excalibur as the “Foundation for the Future” donation female. “Wilma” sold to Bruce Buffaloe for $3,100, which will be donated back to the scholarship fund.

 

 

SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS

 

2017


JIM HUNT MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENT: GREGORY MATOCHA

The Jim Hunt Memorial Scholarship recipient is Gregory Matocha, from La Grange, Texas. Greg owns a small registered Red Brangus herd, and he has shown Red Brangus heifers since seventh grade. 

 

Matocha will attend Texas Tech University in the fall, where he will pursue an animal science degree. After graduation, he plans to attend veterinarian school to become a veterinarian and return to the La Grange area and operate a mixed practice veterinarian clinic.

 

"I am very passionate about what the future has in store for me," Matocha says. "Through various 4-H and FFA projects I have built a close relationship with my local veterinarians. They saw my passion for agriculture and medicine at an early age, and they have always encouraged me to pursue a career in veterinarian medicine. Through helping them at the clinic, going on calls, and managing my own herd at home, I have acquired a skill set that will help me achieve my goals."

 

"I would like to thank the IRBBA for helping me by granting me a scholarship," Matocha says. 

 

MARCOS BORGES JR. MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENT: KEVIN MARKS

Kevin Marks, Marcos Borges Jr. Memorial Scholarship recipient, is from Brookshire, Texas. 

 

"I participated in the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Calf Scramble in 2016 and won a certificate to purchase a heifer to show in 2017," said Marks. "After researching cattle breeds, I selected and purchased my first Red Brangus."

 

Marks says he would like to attend the University of Arizona and study animal science after high school. 

 

"Both football and soccer are very important parts of my life," says Marks. "My goal is to be a kicker on the University of Arizona football team. After college, I would like to kick in the NFL and build on my current cattle production program."

 

Kevin says he has always had a passion for being around and working with animals; he believes having a career raising livestock would satisfy this passion.

 

"I would like to thank all of the members of the International Red Brangus Breeders Association for being so generous and helpful," Marks says. "I would also like to thank Bruce Buffaloe for mentoring me along the way."

 

 

2014


Five junior Brangus exhibitors were recognized at the annual meeting as recipients of the 2014 IRBBA Memorial Scholarship. The IRBBA Memorial Scholarship program was initiated to honor of two beloved IRBBA members-- Mr. Jim Hunt and Ms. Wilma Buffaloe. The first scholarships were awarded in 2009.

This year's recipients have excelled in their academic, extra-curricular and agricultural endeavors. More information on the recipients can be found below:

 

Katharine Carter 
Hometown: Houston, TX College 
Attending: Texas A&M University
From the scholarship committee: "Katharine was chosen to be a 2014 scholarship winner because of her future plans to continue her education in Agricultural Economics; we feel that it's important that our winners have future plans to support our industry."

 

Caleb Bell 
Hometown: Pasadena, TX College 
Attending: Blinn College, Brenham 
From the scholarship committee: "Caleb was chosen to be a 2014 scholarship winner for his extreme love of Brangus cattle. It was quite apparent in his application of his admiration for our breeders and raising red Brangus cattle."

 

Megan Prokop 
Hometown: Spring, TX College
Attending: Texas A&M University 
From the scholarship committee: "Megan was chosen to receive at 2014 scholarship for her exceptional academic performance. She was ranked 46 out of 835 in her class at Klein Collins High School; which is known for their high academic standards."

 

Alejandra Ortiz
Hometown: Pasadena, TX College 
Attending: Blinn College, Brenham 
From the scholarship committee: "Alejandra was chosen to receive a 2014 scholarship because she is a well-rounded young lady. Her extracurricular activities include Marching Band, Wing Symphony, Dance Team, Softball player, Men's Soccer Team Manager and FFA Chapter Presidents."

 

Lakeyn Fontenot
Hometown: Lake Charles, LA College
Attending: McNeese State University 
From the scholarship committee: "Lakeyn was chosen to receive a 2014 scholarship due to her ability to be a student athlete as well as maintain excellent grades. We feel that she is an exceptional young lady in her ability to multitask. We for see her returning to the breed once she finishes her education."

 

2013

 

Eight scholarships were awarded to Brangus juniors in conjunction with the IRBBA Annual Meeting in College Station,TX April 26-27. The scholarship is part of the IRBBA's "Foundation for the Future" campaign, which was established in 2012 to maintain fundraising for the purpose of aiding Brangus youth as they seek higher education. 

Front row L-R: Allie Acorrd, Jessica Moreno, Marcos Ortiz II, Katharine Carter, Kelsey Munoz, Morgan Maxwell. Second row L-R: Members of the IRBBA Memorial Scholarship Committee Allen Goode, Lissa Buffaloe, Kay Gibson, Veronica Munoz and IRBBA President Marcos Borges


Allison Deshotel

Zach Kalina

 

2012


Elizabeth Wishert, Chelsie Meyer, Lakeyn Fontenot, and Mackenzie Gillham


Elizabeth Wishert

Chelsie Meyer

Mackenzie Gillham

Lakeyn Fontenot

 

2011

 

Nathan Munoz, Kelsea Munoz, Montanna Harper, Austin Accord, Connor Cox (not pictured), Courtney Cox, Sarah Velky

 

2010


 

2009


News Release


IRBBA SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS ANNOUNCED
The International Red Brangus Memorial Scholarship Foundation is proud to award eight senior scholarships and five Marcos Borges Jr. Memorial Scholarships to the youth of the International Red Brangus Breeders Association (IRBBA). 

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Upcoming Events


July 23-28 :: National Junior Brangus Show - Texarkana, AR

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July 27 :: IJBBA "Source of Champions" Sale - Texarkana, AR

Aug 7-9 :: Texas A&M University Beef Cattle Short Course - College Station, TX


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