Rush Leon Herrington was born January 11, 1937 and passed away January 7, 2019. He was born and raised in Palestine, Texas. He married the love of his life, Freddie Woody Herrington. They were married for 65 years. Rush took pride in his 100+ ranch where he raised cattle. He retired from the United Pacific Railroad after 42 years of service. Then spent his whole life working whether that be the railroad, rodeo, or in the community. A founding member of the Anderson County Youth Livestock Association, Rush served as President for 40+ years. He was a gold card member of the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association and a National Finals Rodeo qualifier in 1974 in steer wrestling. Rush competed in steer wrestling, tie down roping, and team roping. He never competed in professional team roping and only competed in the tie down until he lost his horse Dexter. Steer wrestling was his main focus. In 1974 he won the steer wresting at Rodeo Houston and held the arena record at Salt Lake City. In 1983, Rush was honored with the Outstanding Cowboy Award for his 20+ year of outstanding rodeo performance. Outside of rodeo, Rush served on the Brushy Creek Water Board and the Federal Department of Agriculture Board. He was a reserve deputy for Anderson County and served in the National Guard Reserve. Rush served many years as Chairman of the Board of the United Methodist Church and also headed up the Methodist Men's breakfast.
In keeping with tradition of Rush's life in giving back to the sport of which he held dear, we have started this Memorial Fund in his honor.
The Rush Herrington Memorial Scholarship is a scholarship to be awarded to a gradation senior of 2020 who is an Anderson County Youth Livestock Assoc participant, Henderson County Youth Livestock participant, and someone who participates in rodeo events. The recipient will be chosen by the Rush Herrington Memorial Fund board of directors and the scholarship will be awarded each year at the annual memorial barrel race. The scholarship may be used at any university, college, or trade school and will be paid to the school of the recipients' choice at the beginning of the second semester, providing the student has satisfactorily completed the studies of the first semester.
Please include the following with the application:
Name, Address, Phone number, Email, & DOB
College/University planning on attending and course of study/major
Essay about yourself, events participated in, future goals, and any school, church, or community activities. The essay should include how rodeo has affected your life and what it means to you. Essay should not exceed 700 words.
Three letters of recommendation. Please have a current teacher and/or counselor provide at least 1 of the 3 recommendations.
An official transcript for your current high school
A photo of yourself
Postmark the Rush Herrington Memorial Scholarship application by April 1st, 2020
Mail application to:
Rush Herrington Memorial
c/o Laura Ann Herrington Mann
15555 CR 4343
LaRue, TX 75770
To apply for scholarships that are awarded to the ACYLA & HCYLA participants please contact your Ag teacher who will be able to reach out to the board on when those applications open. The ACYLA & HCYLA scholarships will be awarded at those shows in 2020.
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