John R. and Kathryn Hunter Endowed Scholarship
Established in 1958 and initiated as an endowment in 1975 by Professor John R. Hunter.
Professor John R. Hunter was reared in Motley County, Texas and completed his college education at Midwestern University. After serving in the U.S. Army as a medic, he returned to Roaring Springs to farm and to teach. He married Kathryn Sellers in 1964 and they had one daughter, Susanne. John came to Texas Tech in 1958 to further his education and to teach basic Agronomy courses. He also taught Range Management courses; and, subsequently started and coached the Range Plant I. D. Team. Professor John Hunter's dedication and contributions to Texas Tech were numerous and varied. He received many awards for teaching excellence. His door was always open to students and they came by frequently. He encouraged, counseled, and on occasion demanded a higher level of performance not only in class but in every aspect of his students' lives. John retired in 1995, after 37 years of service to our department and the university. He remained active as a private consultant in natural resources for several years.
Mr. Hunter passed away on July 4, 2006 at his home in Lubbock. Mrs. Hunter died June 10, 2008. She had been a school teacher in Cone, Crosbyton, and Lubbock for 16 years; and, taught ceramics at First United Methodist Church for 23 years. Their daughter, Susanne Hunter, married Mr. Trent Long and they continue to operate the agricultural consulting firm that Professor Hunter originated. Mr. and Mrs. Long live in Lubbock, Texas.
Professor John Hunter strongly supported the concept of "giving back" which led him to establish various awards and endowments in the department. This particular scholarship endowment traces its origin to an annual scholarship award established in 1958, making it the sixth oldest scholarship program in the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources at Texas Tech University. The endowment, initiated in 1975, has grown over the years and is currently one of the largest in the Department of Natural Resources Management. The scholarship is open to undergraduate students with at least a 2.5 GPA who are majoring in the Department of Natural Resources Management. Financial need can be a consideration in the selection process. The number and amount awarded annually varies.