With a business degree from Baylor University, Bert Vandiver is a seasoned business professional who is currently the president and CEO of LR Commercial Construction Inc., a company based in Waco, Texas. In his free time, Bert Vandiver acts as board chairman of the Heart O’ Texas Fair & Rodeo.
For the past 62 years, the Heart O’ Texas Fair & Rodeo has produced events for agriculture, education, and entertainment in Waco. The nonprofit organization is driven by over 500 active volunteers. All proceeds of the events are given back to the community through scholarships. Since its inception, the Heart O’ Texas Fair & Rodeo has awarded $2 million in scholarships.
For the academic year 2015-16, the foundation gave a total of 27 scholarships amounting to $71,000 to deserving Central Texas students. The year’s top scholar was Kayla Wilson from Copperas Cove High School. She holds the distinction of receiving the largest single scholarship to date, one of $14,000.