Texas Farm Credit, a rural lending cooperative, recently awarded $2,000 scholarships to six students across the state through the 2020 Marsha Martin Scholarship Program.
The scholarships honor the memory of Marsha Pyle Martin, a native of Paris, Texas, who at the time of her death in January 2000 was chairman and chief executive officer of the Farm Credit Administration. Since 2000, Texas Farm Credit has presented $158,500 in college scholarships to students who are pursuing agriculturerelated degrees. The co-op also donates $500 to each recipient’s 4-H club or FFA chapter.
“Texas Farm Credit has a mission to support agriculture and rural communities today and tomorrow,” said Mark Miller, Texas Farm Credit chief executive officer. “We award Marsha Martin Scholarships to students who have excelled in their FFA chapters and 4-H clubs because they represent the future of agriculture. We see this as an investment in the students’ continued growth and leadership in the industry.”
Miller noted the students’ accomplishments:
Kate McNeill of Pleasanton is a senior and class valedictorian at Pleasanton High School. She will attend Texas A&M University this fall to study animal science. During her high school years, she participated in both the Pleasanton High School FFA chapter and the Atascosa County Equine Enthusiast 4-H Club, where she held office as the vicepresident, presidentand most recently, mentoring president. She has participated in many extracurricular activities, including serving as captain of the varsity soccer team for two years and the Texas High School Rodeo Association. Once she graduates, she looks forward to serving American agriculturalists through rural dentistry.
Texas Farm Credit finances agricultural operations, agribusinesses, homes and rural real estateand offers a variety of insurance services. Headquartered in Robstown, Texas, it serves 100 Texas counties and is part of the Farm Credit System, a nationwide network of rural lending cooperatives established in 1916.