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:
1723 E Tate
Brownfield, TX 79316.
Maria Rubio graduated May 2015 from Harrison High School in Harrison, Arkansas,
and is currently a freshman at Southern Arkansas University, majoring in Agricultural Business. She is the
daughter of Frank and Dottie Rubio of Harrison, Arkansas. Maria has been heavily involved in 4-H for the
last 10 years, competing in horse show events, horse judging, hippology contests, art competitions, photography
contests, and cook-offs using chuck wagon recipes she has learned. She has been an officer in 4-H clubs for the
last 9 years and is a 4-H State Record Book winner. She has been a member and officer of the Future Farmers
of Amerca for the last three years and was heavily involved in horse judging competitions. Maria has been mentored
by the Running D Chuck Wagon crew for the last eight years on how to restore old wagons and buggies and how to
accurately model cooking recipes. She has saddle broke and trained several horses and ponies and has driven
wagons on the Springdale, Arkansas wagon train. She is an avid rodeo competitor, having qualified and competed
at the National Little Britches Finals Rodeo in Pueblo, Colorado, three years in a row. Maria has a soft place in her
heart for mules. She has raced her mule at Rock Bottom Chuck Wagon Races and has been very successful as a junor and open competitor at the
Ozark Mule and Donkey Days show in Missouri. Maria is a talented young artist, winning several Best of Shows
at the county and district fairs and has won in several categories at the district and state levels in the
20th Century Club Art and Writing contests. She was also 2nd Runner-up in a national Tin Haul Boot design
contest held in 2013. Her favorite artistic subjects are mules and anything having to do with rodeos or the old west.
Maria's current goals are to complete college and pursue a career in agricultural surveying. She also plans
to continue her life with horses and mules, pursue old west era interests and nurture her love of art.
Maria is extremely thankful for the scholarship from ACWA.