OSU establishes Rodeo Team Scholarship Fund
The late rodeo legend Clem McSpadden will long be remembered at Oklahoma State University thanks in part to a new endowed scholarship fund in his memory.
The OSU Rodeo Team, with support from OSU alumnus Walt Garrison, has established the Clem McSpadden Memorial Rodeo Team Scholarship Fund. Garrison, a member of the rodeo team when he was a student at OSU, donated $30,000 to the newly established scholarship fund.
A former Dallas Cowboy football player, Garrison has promoted a positive image for rodeo and the western way of life throughout his career. The announcement of this new scholarship was made at the first Rodeo Legacy Banquet.
"The banquet was held to honor those who have been a part of OSU rodeo in the past, as well as to acknowledge those currently involved," said Cody Hollingsworth, rodeo team coach.
"Prominent members of the rodeo industry, along with the OSU Rodeo Team, attended the dinner."
In addition to the announcement of the new scholarship, a live and silent auction also took place during the banquet. Several thousand dollars were raised thanks to the generous support of many rodeo team supporters. Proceeds will go toward building the scholarship fund, as well as operating and travel funds for the rodeo team.
"We're very excited about this new scholarship fund and the benefits that can come from it. Clem McSpadden was known as the voice of pro rodeo and was one of the first members of the OSU Rodeo Team," Hollingsworth said. "He left his mark on the rodeo industry as a professional competitor, announcer and manager of the National Finals Rodeo in Oklahoma City for nearly two decades. He became a staple of the rodeo industry and has contributed to its success today. We're very grateful to Mr. Garrison and the many others who have generously shown their support in establishing this legacy to one of rodeo's legends."
For more information about the OSU Rodeo Team or making contributions to the scholarship fund, contact Hollingsworth at 405-707-7072 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit the team's website at osurodeo.com.