ACWA & Youth Scholarship

About the ACWA Scholarship

It is the mission of the American Chuck Wagon Association Scholarship Fund to provide financial assistance to those showing interest and promise in continuing their education in a collegiate or trade program. ACWA scholarships are awarded on an annual basis. Half the awarded amount of scholarship will be applied the first semester and the other half the second contingent upon satisfactory progress. Funds are sent directly to the educational institution for each semester or quarter. The association is proud to be able to offer assistance to deserving young people dedicated to furthering their education. The first college scholarship was awarded for the 2008/2009 school year. Interested applicants should download the application for more information.

Scholarships are funded by cookbook sales, honorariums, memorials and other donations. If you are interested in helping with this effort, donations can be sent to:

ACWA Scholarships
1723 E Tate
Brownfield, TX 79316.

2014-2015 ACWA Scholarship Recipients

Clell Swanson-ACWA Scholarship Recipient

Clell Swanson graduated from Home School High in May, 2014, and has been accepted to Mitchell Technical Institute to earn a degree in Utility Technology. He grew up on a 150+ year old family farm in Canton, SD, and has spent his life helping farm corn and soybeans, putting up hay, working his horses and helping his family with their family cowboy educational program teaching cowboy history, ropes, whips and sharing cowboy fiddle music. He has been a part of the chuck wagon and Dutch oven world since 2003 when his mom began creating and running Chuck Wagon and Dutch oven competitions in Sioux Falls, SD. After a few years of watching, he began to participate and cook with a chuck wagon for the youth events. He has competed all over South Dakota, in Colorado Springs, CO, and at Cheyenne Frontier Days in Wyoming. He also enjoys competition shooting, participating in 4H events, making the Nationals Team in 2012 and 2014, and competing in 2-gun matches in South Dakota. He hopes to continue shooting sports competitions and to participate in future chuck wagon and Dutch oven events. His ultimate goal would be to assist youth in learning both of these fun activities. Clell is grateful for the financial support he has been offered to help him pursue his dreams.

Ty Robertson-ACWA Scholarship Recipient

Ty Robertson is the son of Homer Robertson and Mitzi Daniel of Granbury, TX. He graduated from Granbury High School in May of 2014. He is currently a Freshman Animal Science major at Texas A&M University. His interest in chuck wagons began at the Red Steagall Cowboy Gathering when his father entered his competition when Ty was only 2 months old. Since then he has participated in numerous youth cook-offs as well as helping his father around the wagon. In high school, Ty was active in 4H and FFA where he served as an FFA Area Officer and other committees. Through the youth programs, Ty showed lambs locally and at Texas major stock shows and restored a hitch wagon for the Ft. Worth Stock Show. He even used his skills learned around the chuck wagon to compete at the state 4H Food Challenge. He plans to keep cooking and continue his father's catering business in the future as well as finding a career in the agricultural sector.