AMVAC Selects Winners of the 2019 Cotton Industry Advancement Scholarship

AMVAC has announced announce the winners of its 2019 Cotton Industry Advancement Scholarship.

Seven students were selected from 26 qualified applicants. Each scholarship recipient was awarded $2,000.


“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.”

The 2019 Cotton Industry Advancement Scholarship Winners are:

  • Jonathan Ryan Crowl, Morse, TX – A sophomore attending Blinn College in Brenham, TX, majoring in agricultural business with a minor in crop science. Nominated by Ryan Livingston.
  • Jerik Blayne Reed, Kress, TX – A freshman attending Tarleton State University in Stephenville, TX, majoring in agricultural services and development. Nominated by Blayne Reed.
  • Ethan Thompson, Kenly, NC – A sophomore attending North Carolina State University, majoring in agricultural-based biochemistry. Nominated by Brandon Cole.
  • John Dalton Beasley, Screven, GA – A freshman attending the University of Georgia in Athens, majoring in applied biotechnology. Nominated by John Beasley.
  • Stephen LaMastus Jr., Cleveland, MS – A freshman attending Mississippi Delta Community College in Moorehead, MS, majoring in agriculture. Nominated by Trent LaMastus, Ed Whatley, Pete Baughman, Billy Bryant and Tucker Miller.
  • Hunter Lipsey, Monterey, LA – A freshman attending Mississippi State University, majoring in agronomy and integrated crop management. Nominated by Richard Griffing.
  • Devon Austin, Caraway, AR – A graduate student attending Arkansas State University to earn a Master of Science degree in agriculture, with emphasis in plant and soil science. Nominated by Greg Smith.

Winners were selected by a panel of judges and awarded based on the merits of their application. All applicants were nominated by a practicing cotton consultant and worked for a cotton consultant between 2017 and 2019. All applicants had to be a senior in high school or currently enrolled full-time in an undergraduate or graduate-level agricultural program at an accredited college or university.

Applications for the next Cotton Industry Advancement Scholarship will open in January 2020.


Based on information provided by AMVAC