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Texas Agriculture Archive

January 2, 2004

Youth contest winners
named at convention


Marissa Patton of Jones County (right) was named winner of the Free Enterprise Speech contest at Farm Bureau's convention. Runner-up was Daniel Alders of Nacogdoches County.

Marissa Patton also won the Miss Texas Farm Bureau crown (right) at the annual meeting. Named runner-up in the contest was Maggie Martin of Lampasas County.

Winner of this year's Talent Find contest was guitarist William Rutherford of Uvalde County (right). Runner-up in the contest was Jordan Yerkes of Nacogdoches County, who played the piano.

Check scholarship
opportunities at

Prospective scholars need look no further than the Texas Farm Bureau website,, to find a wealth of information about scholarships the state's largest farm organization offers in support of its youth.

"More than $85,000 in scholarships will be offered this year through a variety of scholarship contests, applications and activities," according to Si Cook, organization programs director.

Included in the Texas Farm Bureau scholarship offerings are the following:

• $48,500 through the Miss TFB, Talent Find and Free Enterprise Speech contests. Information on these contests will be made available after Feb. 20.

• $12,000 for the Young Farmer & Rancher Scholarship program. This includes five $2,000 scholarships for graduating high school seniors who intend to pursue degrees in agriculture, and two $1,000 scholarships for college students who are pursuing degrees in agriculture and have at least 45 hours of college credits.

"The YF&R Committee is totally dependent upon the Silent Auction for the funds we use to award these scholarships," Committee Chairman Kevin Huffman said. "On behalf of the YF&R Committee and the students who will receive these scholarships, I want to thank all the folks who donated and/or bought items at the Auction. Through your generosity, we were able to raise $9,000 and continue this scholarship program to benefit the future of agriculture in Texas."

Information and applications for YF&R scholarships are available now on the website and at county offices.

• $8,000 for TFB Agriculture Research and Education scholarship program. This includes two $4,000 scholarships awarded to individuals based on academic achievement, extracurricular activities, recommendations and financial need. Information and applications are available on the website and county offices.

• $1,000 for the Dick Mitchell Memorial Scholarship. This scholarship is awarded to a high school junior or senior who has attended the TFB Citizenship Seminar.

• $16,000 for 4-H, FFA and FCCLA scholarships. These scholarships are awarded based on applications to these youth leadership organizations. For information and applications, contact the specific organization adult leader.

In addition, scholarships provided by FFA/Dodge and Monsanto will be offered on the national level. Information will soon be available.

"Information on all of these scholarship opportunities is available on our TFB home page (," Cook said. "Just click on Youth Activities."

Cook also pointed out that thousands of scholarship opportunities exist, and that many powerful scholarship web search sites are available.

"Most are free of charge," Cook added, "and you can locate them online through the links on Texas Farm Bureau's website."