Homecoming at Texas State is one of the university's longest-running annual traditions. The university plans a week's worth of events for students, staff and alumni, culminating on a Saturday at Bobcat Stadium when the football team hosts another Sun Belt Conference team.
This award was established in 1925 by the editors of the college's yearbook, The Pedagog, to honor outstanding and accomplished students. At halftime of the homecoming football game each year, the award is given to 12 students. The name of the award was derived from the gaillardia, the official school flower.