LUBBOCK, Texas (PRESS RELEASE)The following is a press release from AgTexas Farm Credit Services:

Tonight (Tuesday evening, May 10), AgTexas Farm Credit Services awarded $8,000 in scholarships at its seventh annual AgTexas AgYouth Scholarship awards program at the FiberMax Center for Discovery (former Bayer Museum of Agriculture).

AgTexas honored eight outstanding graduating high school seniors who have excelled in their 4-H and FFA chapters, each with a $1,000 scholarship. The $8,000 is part of the total $24,000 in scholarships being awarded through the education initiative that AgTexas created seven years ago.

Those students are Nyoma Alvarado (Meadow FFA), Cash Campbell (Idalou FFA), Riley Siders (Hockley County 4-H/Levelland FFA), Trista Stanley (Whitharral FFA), Leslie Torres (Ralls FFA), Hannah Zientek (Lubbock Cooper FFA) and Jordan Albus and Madison Kerby (both of Whiteface FFA).

In addition to the eight Lubbock-area $1,000 scholarship winners, each of the 24 regional honorees received a $100 gift card.

The program has awarded over $160,000 to graduating seniors in the markets where AgTexas has offices – including Lubbock, Brownfield, Levelland, and Seminole in the South Plains Region.

“Tonight we honored some of the best and brightest young minds in Texas with this program,” says AgTexas Farm Credit CEO Tim McDonald. He adds, “These students represent the next generation of agriculture and community leadership in Texas and the United States. It’s our privilege to pay tribute to their achievements thus far and encourage them for the future.”

McDonald continues, “We’ve missed being in person with our banquets for the past two years due to the pandemic. We love celebrating in the same room with our honorees and their parents. Graduation season is a special time in their lives, and we look forward to sharing this occasion together.”

Outstanding 4-H and FFA high school students received prominent recognition for their dedication to agriculture. These 4-H and FFA programs help introduce many of their participants to agriculture, allowing students to learn and apply science and technology to make farming and ranching more productive and to offer them promising futures.

“We are very pleased to have created the Ag Youth of the Month program because it brings positive attention to young people who are investing in our state and nation as well as their own futures,” concluded McDonald.

AgTexas serves approximately 3,500 members in 43 counties through its Panhandle, South Plains, and Central Texas regions.

About AgTexas Farm Credit Services: AgTexas is a rural lending cooperative, providing financing for real estate and operating capital, as well as insurance, leasing and cash management services for the Ag industry since 1934. Today, AgTexas serves approximately 3,500 members in 43 counties through 11 offices, including Lubbock, Brownfield, Levelland, and Seminole. In the South Plains, AgTexas serves Cochran, Crosby, Gaines, Garza, Hockley, Lubbock, Lynn, Terry and Yoakum counties.

(Press release from AgTexas Farm Credit Services)