The National Cotton Council announced the winners of the 2002 “Cotton Counts Grow Smart” scholarships. They are:
- Abby Frank, Elberta, Ala.
- Robert Fullingim, Petersburg, Texas.
- Kandice Krenek, Lyford, Texas.
- Ellen Pennington, Raymondville, Texas.
- Natalie Simpson, Rio Hondo, Texas.
- Robert Tabb, Colquitt, Ga.
Frank plans to major in animal and dairy science major at Auburn University; Fullingim, wildlife management, Texas Tech University; Krenek, agricultural development, Texas A&M University; Pennington and Simpson, agribusiness, Texas A&M; and Tabb, biology, Georgia Southwestern.
They each will receive a $1,500 scholarships. “Cotton Counts Grow Smart” scholarship program applicants must be a college-bound senior and child of a U.S. cotton producer; plan to enroll in a four-year agriculture-related curriculum; hold at least a B grade average and write an essay on cotton's importance to U.S. agriculture.
Bayer CropScience funds the scholarships through their TEMIK Saver's Choice program sales. Bayer CropScience doubled the number of scholarships offered in 2001.
“This year's winners are bright men and women committed to their agriculture studies,” said Al Luke, Bayer CropScience Insecticide/PGR Business Manager. “Bayer believes these scholarships are an investment in their future and the future of U.S. agriculture. We are very pleased to sponsor this educational endeavor through the National Cotton Council and the ‘Cotton Counts’ program.”
Finalists and winners were chosen from a panel consisting of representatives from Bayer CropScience, the Cotton Council and the National Cotton Women's Committee. The scholarship program is carried out through Cotton Counts, a Council campaign that focuses on helping America's students and the general public better understand and appreciate the importance of agriculture, specifically cotton and the U.S. cotton industry's contributions to the nation's economy.