A scholarship honoring the late Don Self, Hamilton, Miss., peanut producer and National Peanut Board member, has been created by the Mississippi Peanut Growers Association.
The $1,000 annual scholarship will be awarded to a student in the Mississippi State University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.
Self, a pioneer grower of peanuts in northeast Mississippi, was killed last summer in an on-farm accident. At the time of his death he was completing his sixth year of service on the National Peanut Board and on the board of the MPGA.
“Don was an outstanding champion for peanuts,” says Malcolm Broome, MPGA executive director. “Whether it was in the middle of a peanut field or in the halls of Congress, he was an enthusiastic spokesman for peanuts. He was always willing to share his experience and knowledge with other producers.
“Our association felt this scholarship a fitting memorial to his life and his service to our industry, and we hope to eventually have it funded to the point that the scholarship will be in perpetuity.”
Contributions marked Don Self Scholarship may be made payable and sent to the MSU Foundation, P.O. Box 9760, Mississippi State MS 39762.