Scholarship Opportunities

2022 MDHSRA Naylor-Smith Memorial Scholarship

In June of 2019, the first annual Norman Naylor and Smokey Smith Memorial Team Roping Event was held in memory of two very special men.  For anyone who knew Norman or Smokey, they knew that they always had a story, a smile, and a laugh to share. They loved and cherished their families more than anything, but held Team Roping close to their hearts.  From the proceeds of this event, the MDHSRA Naylor-Smith Memorial Scholarship was created, with the aim to help qualified Junior or Senior MDHSRA contestants with post-graduate plans, either in higher education or with career training.  

  • Available for Juniors and Senior MDHSRA Contestants
  • Applications are due by May 6, 2022 and should be emailed to or mailed to PO BOx 2682, Ellicott City, MD 21043 - postmark dates do not count it must be in-hand by the 6th.
  • More information on overall criteria and judging
  • Application available online and at Benton, PA check-in
  • Winner(s) to be announced at State Finals

NHSRA Scholarships: 

The National High School Rodeo Association promotes education as its founding and guiding principle. Every NHSRA participant must be actively enrolled in a high school education program and must maintain an acceptable level of academic achievement in order to compete. Members must also be good citizens in their schools, communities and state/provincial high school rodeo associations. If a member is suspended or expelled from school for any reason, they are ineligible to compete in any NHSRA competition. Although the NHSRA does not receive governmental funding, it independently exists to work along with and actively support all public and private high school education programs.

The NHSRA’s mission does not stop at the high school level, as the Association also strives to impart to its members the advantages of higher education and the desire to never stop learning. Remarkably, 68.8% of all National High School Rodeo Association members annually appear on their school’s academic honor roll. And 89.4% plan to continue their education beyond high school. The NHSRA supports their dreams by annually awarding more than $350,000 in scholarships at the national level, which are redeemable at junior colleges, major universities, and trade schools. In addition to the NHSRA’s national scholarship effort, its 47 state/provincial associations cumulatively awarded more than $850,000 in scholarships in 2012. NHSRA members have the opportunity to receive these scholarships based not only on their rodeo skills, but on their academic achievements, financial need, stated goals and objectives and their desire to attend a higher educational institution.  For more information on scholarship opportunities pleaseclick here visit the National High School Rodeo Foundation website.

The NHSRA hosts an annual College Fair at the NHSFR, inviting any colleges and universities to come and participate with an informational booth that allows all members to receive information on the various educational institutions and their programs. The fair is free to participating educational institutions and the members, 2012 saw 37 schools participate.


Please click on the links below to access information on the special programs available to our members.  These include additional competitive events like the NRA Shooting Program to Monthly Awards provided by our National Sponsors:

NHSRA Queen Contest

NRA Shooting Program   

Student Athlete of the Month

Equine Athlete of the Month

AQHA Horse of the Year

POA Pony of the Year

 Promoting the Sport of Rodeo, Sportsmanship and Education

while preserving our Western Heritage

Maryland High School Rodeo Association


Benevolent Fund

This fund was initiated by Founding Board Member Joel Nupp and his wife Sheryl.  The idea behind this fund is to provide assistance to families of students who participate in rodeo and have an emergent financial need.  The Nupp's feel the importance of family and God as the center of it all.  They believe in the MDHSRA and it's principles.  They have started this fund to help with emergency expenses and special needs situations.  They believe everyone has a unique soul and a gift to share.  For more information on supporting this fund or to apply for assistance please contact Mr. Nupp at

And the King (Jesus) will answer, truly I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers and sisters, you did it for me.  Matthew 25:40