Buyers, sellers and visitors attending the July 19 Northeast Texas Beef Improvement Organization cattle sale got to witness the presentation of five $1,000 college scholarships awarded to students majoring in agriculture.
The scholarships are given in the name of Jim Jacobs and Dr. J. D. Norris, two men involved in organizing NETBIO and who served as directors before their deaths.
NETBIO CEO Dwyatt Bell presented the scholarships and introduced the recipients. Receiving the Dr. J. D. Norris Scholarship was Josh Haddox of Martinsville, TX who is a fourth year veterinary student at Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine.
Receiving the four Jim Jacobs scholarships were Erin Swinson of Commerce, a student at Texas A&M University-Commerce; Cody Vance of Sulphur Springs, a graduate of Sulphur Bluff High School and an agriculture students at Texas A&M-Commerce.
Also Carson Hicks of Sulphur Springs who is a student at Texas A&M University-Commerce. Hicks has been a customer of the NETBIO Pre-conditioned Calf and Yearling sale for several years. The final recipient of the Jim Jacobs Scholarship was Taylor Powell of Henrietta, TX, a fourth year veterinary student in the Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine.
NETBIO awards these scholarships each year to young students from the Northeast Texas area that are interested in completing their degrees and returning to the area to practice their trades.
“We are proud of our young people and glad that through these scholarships, NETBIO can help them attain their dream,” Bell said.