The O. A. "Cotton" Fanning Memorial Fund was established by family and friends of "Cotton" Fanning in memory of "Cotton" Fanning in 1992. O.A. "Cotton" Fanning exemplified the cooperative spirit and can-do attitude of the people he served. During his life "Cotton," as he was known by countless friends and colleagues, played a key role in the development and direction of the U.S. cotton industry. In honor of Fanning's achievements, and tireless work to communicate on behalf of agriculture, his friends and colleagues have joined together to form the O.A. "Cotton" Fanning Memorial Fund to support the Agricultural Communications program at Texas Tech University. The scholarship is awarded to students of all classifications who are majoring in Agricultural Communications.