Blinn agricultural sciences student selected as Cotton Industry Advancement Scholarship recipient

Jonathan Ryan Crowl is a member of Blinn's livestock judging team

Jonathan Ryan Crowl is a member of Blinn's livestock judging team

November 8, 2019

Blinn College District Agricultural Sciences student Jonathan Ryan Crowl has been selected as a recipient of the 2019 Cotton Industry Advancement Scholarship sponsored by AMVAC®, an American Vanguard Company.

Each of the scholarship’s seven recipients was awarded $2,000.

“The AMVAC scholarships already has begun to help me achieve my goals by offering financial assistance that allows me to pay off college as a I go,” Crowl said. “I am incredibly thankful for the opportunity to be able to represent AMVAC, and even more thankful for an industry that looks to support college students like me.

Crowl, a sophomore from Morse, Texas, is majoring in agricultural business with a minor in crop science. He has been active in a variety of organizations and activities, including Hansford County 4-H, Spearman FFA, Spearman Snack Pack for Kids, and the Blinn College livestock judging team.

“Jonathan is an exceptional student who looks to better himself in everything he does,” said Bryn Behnke, Assistant Dean for Agricultural Sciences. “His professional demeanor and hard-working attitude are just some of the qualities that make him so deserving of this award.”

Crowl has held a number of leadership positions, including Hansford County Council Secretary (2014-16), Hansford County Council Vice President (2016-18), Hansford County Morse 4-H Chapter President (2015-18), Spearman FFA Chapter Sentinel (2016-17), and Spearman FFA Chapter Vice President (2017-18).

Scholarship winners were selected by a panel of judges. All applicants were nominated by a practicing cotton consultant and worked for a cotton consultant between 2017 and 2019. Applicants were required to be seniors in high school or currently enrolled full-time in an undergraduate or graduate-level agricultural program at an accredited college or university.

“Maintaining a pipeline of quality individuals to work in the industry is vital to the future of agriculture,” said Paul Vaculin, Cotton Marketing Manager at AMVAC. “We’re excited to help support these students as they pursue a career in agriculture and the cotton industry.”

Blinn’s Agricultural Sciences Program is the largest community college agriculture program in the state. Based at the 20,200-square-foot W.J. “Bill” Rankin Agricultural Complex, the Agricultural Sciences Program is expanding with the addition of a new 6,000-square-foot facility that will allow additional space for hands-on learning. Scheduled for completion in January 2020, the new building will include a livestock demonstration room, tack room, farrowing house, livestock pens, and a livestock chute.

In addition to its excellence in the classroom, Blinn offers extracurricular agricultural activities in the areas of livestock judging, agriculture club, wildlife, agriculture mechanics, horticulture, and agriculture sciences. For more information, visit www.blinn.edu/agricultural-sciences.

To learn more about AMVAC and the Cotton Industry Advancement Scholarship, visit www.AMVAC.com.

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