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J. Wayland Bennett Scholarship Endowment

The J. Wayland Bennett Scholarship Endowment was established by family and friends of J. Wayland Bennett in 1990. The scholarship is in honor of his many years of service at Texas Tech University. To provide scholarships to students majoring in Agricultural Economics who qualify for a Silver Dean's Scholar Scholarship.

W. F. Bennett Ambassadors for Agriculture Scholarship Endowment

The W.F. Bennett Ambassadors for Agriculture Scholarship Endowment was established by W.F. Bennett in 1997. Scholarships available to students who qualify and are named Ambassadors. Selection of recipients to be determined by appropriate College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources scholarship committee.

John E. Birdwell, II Memorial Scholarship Endowment

The John E. Birdwell, II Memorial Scholarship Endowment was established by friends in memory of John E. Birdwell, II in 1992. John Birdwell, rancher and cattleman, was born on July 8, 1929 in Ralls, TX, to John Lowry and Cordelia (Golden) Birdwell. He was named Joe Earnest, but he later changed his name to John E. Birdwell II. He attended grade school in Ralls and in Lubbock, where his family moved in 1939. He attended Lubbock High School and then the high school at Jacksonville Baptist College, where he received his diploma in 1947. He attended Texas Technological College briefly in 1947. From 1945-1949 he managed his father's ranch near Justiceburg before leasing the Connell Ranch of some 100,000 acres near Post. In 1949, he married Genene Lee Bateman in Clovis, New Mexico. They had four sons and a daughter. In 1945 Birdwell and his father leased the VVN Ranch, the southernmost camp of the XIT Ranch in Bailey County. A year later they drove to New York City to buy the ranch from Stone-Webster Investment Company. Birdwell moved to Lubbock in 1966 and continued ranching in Garza, Throckmorton, Haskell, and Bailey counties. He was chairman of Birdwell Cattle Feeders, a ranching and cattle-feeding operation in Bailey County, until his retirement in 1989, when Governor Bill Clements appointed him to the Texas Water Commission. Birdwell was president of the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association and a member of the board of directors of the National Cattlemen's Association, the Beef Industry Council, the Southwestern Exposition and Fat Stock Show, and the Texas Hereford Association. He was also a board member of the Brazos River Authority. He received the Gerald W. Thomas Outstanding Agriculturist Award from the Texas Tech College of Agricultural Sciences. He served on the Texas Tech Board of Regents from 1981 to 1987 and as its chairman in 1986. Scholarships available to students majoring in the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources with an interest in water use, conservation and/or environment.

Nathan and Carolyn Boardman Scholarship Endowment

Nathan and Carolyn Boardman Scholarship Endowment was established by Nathan and Carolyn Boardman in 2011. Scholarships available to students enrolled in the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources.