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PCCA Recognizes Howard Alford Scholarship Winners

By Miranda Eastwood

Scholarship Winners

L-R Norman Hopper, Scott Cooksey, Marvin Cepica, Lucas Ford, Ann Wilhelm, Jim Vaughn, John Abernathy

The Howard Alford Memorial Scholarship once again was presented to students pursuing degrees in agriculture. The scholarship helps young people in Texas Tech University’s College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources (CASNR) pay for their education. It was established in 1974 by Plains Cotton Cooperative Association’s (PCCA) Board of Directors in memory of the cooperative’s former chairman of the board.

Three students were chosen as the 2000-2001 recipients, and they were awarded $2000 collectively. The recipients are Lucas Ford, senior agricultural and applied economics major from Denver City, Texas; Ann Wilhelm, junior agribusiness major from Nazareth, Texas; and Jim Vaughn, sophomore agricultural communications major from Lubbock, Texas.

The three students were recognized at PCCA’s Delegate Body meeting on April 18. Also attending were CASNR Dean John Abernathy, Executive Associate Dean Marvin Cepica, Associate Dean Norman Hopper and Director of Development and External Relations Scott Cooksey.

A committee comprised of faculty from all of Texas Tech’s agriculture departments selects scholarship recipients each year based on grade point average, ACT/SAT scores and their interest in the cotton industry.

The original Howard Alford Scholarship endowment totaled $36,675, but today it has grown to $42,040. PCCA is proud the scholarship has been able to assist 139 students who have received a total of $57,200 to help pay for their education since 1974.