Every year since 2000 Fort Worth-based Autobahn Motorcars has hosted and funded a scholarship program called the Autobahn Youth Tour for students ages 7-18 participating in the Texas Longhorn Show.
This year, $410,000 was given out to more than 200 students during the 18th annual event held June 14-18 at the Will Rogers Memorial Center. Since the inception of the program, more than $2.75 million has been donated to more than 2,300 students nationwide.
“The secret to the Autobahn Youth Tour’s success is the underlying philosophy of ‘kids first’, and we are proud of the fact we’ve sent thousands of students to college with scholarship money in hand over the past 18 years,” said Larry Barker, general manager of the Autobahn Youth Tour, in a news release. “Hosting the tour every year shows our commitment to helping educate youth and our uncompromising belief in the importance of a college education for all.”
The event was founded by Autobahn Motorcars owner John Chase to help give more scholarships to students who have an interest in showing Texas longhorn cattle.
This year saw a record turnout, with 727 entries in the Texas Longhorn Show and more than 250 students competing in quizzes, essay writing, shop projects, showmanship, speech, art contests, livestock judging and a cattle show. In the end, 214 students walked away with scholarships.