2021 Shining STAR Court
Queen: Ashlyn Martinez; Princess: Marexy Guerra; Duchess: Kylie Sellman

Committed to South Texas Youth

Since its inception in 2003, the South Texas Agricultural Roundup (STAR) has awarded more than $550,000 in scholarships to 4-H and FFA members across Hidalgo County.

Beginning in 2022, applications are now open to graduating seniors seeking enrollment in post-secondary education including technical school and/or vocational school programs, in addition to college or university.

Academic Verification

All students applying for a STAR or Shining STAR Scholarship MUST complete academic verification prior to submitting their online application.

STAR Scholarship

Open to all graduating seniors who are residents of Hidalgo County, currently enrolled in 4-H or FFA and have participated in the STAR show for at least three years. Download the full list of eligibility requirements below.

Applications are now closed.

Interviews will be held on Dec. 11 at Greater State Bank, located at 3300 N 10th in McAllen.

Shining STAR Scholarship

The Shining STAR court, consisting of Queen, Princess and Duchess, are responsible for organizing and distributing awards throughout the duration of the show. Candidates complete an essay application, scrapbook and an in-person interview.

Shining STAR Application and scrap book are due Dec. 2, 2022 by 5 PM at the Hidalgo County Extension Office. Please also include a copy of your STAR Application with the scrap book.

Interviews will be held Monday, Dec. 19 at 3 PM.

Thank you to our generous scholarship donors.

With your support, we have helped more than 500 students in Hidalgo County further their education.

Memorial Scholarships
Alyssa Marie Torres
Arcadio Guerra
Carmen Guerra
Luis Flores, Jr.
Rafael A. Guerra
Victor Guerra

Hidalgo County 4-H Foundation
Shining STAR
Whataburger, Inc.

Congratulations, 2022 Scholars!

Don’t forget! In order to receive your award, we must receive your high school transcript showing you graduated (via email:, as well as a thank you note to the S.T.A.R. Scholarship Committee (mailed to: S.T.A.R. Scholarship Committee, PO Box 1939, Edinburg, TX. 78540). All of the above info needs to be received no later than March 1, 2023. Scholarships will be forfeited if not received by that date.