The Texas Farm Bureau (TFB) recently awarded two $5,000 scholarships in recognition of future leaders and advocates for agriculture, one of which went to Bandera High School graduate Garrett Meier, according to a press release from the Texas Farm Bureau.
He was a member of the Pioneer 4-H Club and was active in shooting sports. He participated in livestock judging and showed beef cattle and sheep since he became involved in 4-H 10 years ago. He was a county council delegate in 2016, 2018 and 2019 and district council delegate in 2017. He was elected vice president of his 4-H club in 2016 and 2018 and reporter in 2019 and 2020. Meier served as president of the Bandera 4-H County Council in 2020 and was president of the Bandera County 4-H Shotgun Club in 2020. In 2021, he was re-elected president of the shotgun club and elected president of the Pioneer 4-H Club.
Meier volunteered for various 4-H and community events throughout the years, including workshops and events to help younger children in their 4-H activities. Meier also helped host educational presentations for fifth grade students at Farm Bureau Ag Day events for three years.
Meier was awarded the 4-H Gold Star Award in 2019. He was also selected to be a member of the Texas 4-H Shooting Sports team in 2020 and 2021.
“When I joined 4-H in the third grade, I had no idea of the opportunities it would unlock for me,” Meier wrote in his scholarship application. “From growing my leadership experiences and eventually being selected to represent Texas on the state 4-H shooting team, all of these experiences have molded me into the person I am today. I’ve learned time management, responsibility and the value of hard work, as well as leadership skills I will use the rest of my life.”
Meier played football all four years of high school, ran track, served on the student council and was vice president of his high school’s National Honor Society chapter from 2018-2021. In addition to sports and civic activities, he was also a member of Bandera FFA, where he participated in public relations, livestock judging and shooting sports events.
He will attend Texas A&M University this fall with plans to pursue a business degree.
“Texas Farm Bureau awards more than $200,000 annually in scholarships through a variety of opportunities and programs including the Texas 4-H Foundation,” Whit Weems, TFB director of Organization Division, said. “We are pleased to support youth in agriculture and glad to help them on their educational journeys as they work to become the next generation of leaders.”
The second scholarship went to Jack Bishop, a graduate of Needville High School in Fort Bend County.