Applications Open for 2020 AMVAC Cotton Industry Advancement Scholarship

AMVAC Chemical Corporation is now accepting applications for its 2020 Cotton Industry Advancement Scholarship.

The scholarships, each worth $2,000, will be awarded to seven qualified students.


“We’re excited to offer this scholarship opportunity to deserving students for the second year in a row,” said Paul Vaculin, Southern crops marketing manager at AMVAC. “This scholarship will help cultivate the next generation of talented agricultural professionals, which makes it an honor to help students who want to pursue a career in the cotton industry achieve their educational goals.”

To be considered for the scholarship, applicants must be nominated by a practicing cotton consultant, have worked for a cotton consultant at some point between 2018 and 2020 and either 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.

Nomination information is available at All applications must be completed and submitted by the July 1, 2020 deadline to be considered.

Winners will be selected by a panel of judges and awarded based on the merits of their applications. Two winners are selected from each designated region, plus one winner from either California or Arizona. Those scholarship regions include:

  • Southeast – Alabama, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia
  • Mid-South – Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri and Tennessee
  • Southwest – Kansas, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas

If not enough qualified entries are received in any of these regions, those scholarships will be opened to regions with multiple qualified applicants. Winners of the Cotton Industry Advancement Scholarship will be announced by August 14, 2020.

In 2019, seven students received the scholarship and are all currently studying agriculture at accredited colleges and universities:

  • Jonathan Ryan Crowl, Morse, TX, majoring in agricultural business with a minor in crop science at Blinn College in Brenham, TX.
  • Jerik Blayne Reed, Kress, TX, majoring in agricultural services and development at Tarleton State University in Stephenville, TX.
  • Ethan Thompson, Kenly, NC, majoring in agricultural-based biochemistry at North Carolina State University.
  • John Dalton Beasley, Screven, GA, majoring in applied biotechnology at the University of Georgia.
  • Trent LaMastus Jr., Cleveland, MS, majoring in agriculture at Mississippi Delta Community College in Moorehead, GA.
  • Hunter Lipsey, Monterey, LA, majoring in agronomy and integrated crop management at Mississippi State University.
  • Devon Austin, Caraway, AR, obtaining a Master of Science degree in agriculture with emphasis in plant and soil science at Arkansas State University.

AMVAC is a longtime supporter of the cotton industry, offering a portfolio of trusted products that cotton growers have relied on for years. To learn more about AMVAC Chemical Corporation and the Cotton Industry Advancement Scholarship, visit

Based on information provided by AMVAC