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Scobie, Virginia “Ginger” Memorial Scholarship

Virginia “Ginger” Scobie was a 1971 graduate of the Clothing and Textiles program at WSU. This gift is made in memory of Virginia Scobie by her husband Walter Scobie.   Ginger always felt grateful to the Clothing and Textiles Department for hiring her as a lab instructor and providing the opportunity for her to complete her Master’s program. Her teaching career reflected the high standards gained at WSU. After retiring, she continued her craft as a volunteer teacher and a master quilter.

Award requirements

Awarded to graduate level students studying clothing and textiles.

Valley 4-H Club Leaders Scholarships

Valley 4-H Club Leaders established this fund, originally with Washington State 4-H Foundation, on May 8, 1991.  Mary Richen was the founding leader of Valley 4-H. Sometime in the 1960s Myra Meeker took over leadership, then Susan Parr became the main club leader around 1975. The first scholarships were given in 1977. Margaret Mason became the Leader in 2016. The club is generally a home economics, arts, and small animals club, with many exceptions to that over the years. Depending on members’ interests and willing leadership there have been projects as diverse as welded art, canoe building, and book binding. Valley 4-H emphasizes developing character-building skills through public presentations, leadership development, and judging. Recordkeeping, through the diligent keeping of record books has been a mainstay of the club.

Members are active in many different community service activities. They support the Grange by collecting used eyeglasses, stamps, and pop tops; they collect canned food for the food bank, donate gently used items for the clothing drive, and support military troops by sending handmade cards and cookies. Active participation at fairs is encouraged. Many teen members help out at the Pierce County Fair as superintendents at Fashion Revue, running the Fashion Revue practice, teaching the younger members how to model on stage and stay quiet backstage, and emceeing the show. Others help in the home economics building, in the animal barns, or at the infonnation booth. Teen members have also attended many events such as National Congress in Atlanta, Georgia; National Conference in WA, DC; District Teen Rally; State Teen Conference; and Know Your Government in Olympia. Quite a few have even been on the planning committees for these events. Valley 4-H is proud to have members who are competent, confident members of society who join in and give back to their communities as youth and as adults.

Seed Production Pathology and Seed Health Fellowship

This fellowship is created by Richard and Marcia Morrison. Plant pathology has become increasingly important to the domestic and international seed trade, contributing to improved seed quality, the productivity of seed crops and the lessening of economic risks and losses from field-borne and seed-borne pathogens. Richard spent 35 years as a plant pathologist in the seed industry, the last 20 years focused on vegetable seed production and seed health. He has experienced firsthand the value of applied plant pathology in helping seed companies and their seed grower partners produce consistently healthy, high quality seed crops. Accomplishing this requires the cooperative efforts of public scientists, seed company personnel, and seed growers in developing practical solutions for the control of diseases of continuing concern, and in meeting the challenges of diseases that will undoubtedly arise in the future.

Having worked in the major vegetable seed producing areas of the Western US, including the Skagit Valley, Richard has met and cooperated with many plant scientists, including WSU plant pathologists. Thus, there is a high degree of confidence in the competence of the scientists and quality of research being done at the WSU Mt. Vernon Research Center in vegetable seed production.

Award requirements

Fellowships to graduate students studying plant pathology at WSU Mount Vernon, interested in applying current and emerging technologies to further improve vegetable seed health, quality and seed crop productivity. Preference shall go to a student interested in vegetable seed production and seed health.

Hyde, Marilyn and James Entomology Scholarship

James A. Hyde graduated from then-WSC in 1951 with a degree in entomology. He went on to a career in nuclear engineering at the Hanford Nuclear Site, but returned to his love of insects after retirement. He built a library focused on entomology and an insect display of more than 600 species for use by WSU’s Master Gardener program and the general public. Through their wills,  James and his wife, Marilyn, created the Marilyn and James Hyde Entomology Student Fund to support future entomologists in their studies at WSU; the Hyde Entomology Collection Fund; the Hyde Entomological Education Fund to support visiting scholars, post-doctoral researchers, and visiting lecturers; and the Hyde Entomology Fund to support the needs of the department and students.

Award requirements

Students studying in the Department of Entomology.


Christianson, Alfred Mark Memorial Fellowship

Alfred “Mark” Christianson was a commercial seed crop farmer for 36 years in the Snohomish Stilliguamish Valley. Mark was the grandson of Alfred Christianson, whom founded Alf Christianson Seed Company in Mount Vernon, WA in 1926. Above all Mark was a strong proponent of education and invested much in furthering agricultural scientific research. Mark spent many hours in the agricultural community discussing the importance of research that was beneficial to the grower as well as viable agriculture industry in the Skagit Valley. Mark’s wife, Elizabeth, and children Dan, Amy, Audrey, Andrew, and Grace hope the recipients of this fellowship strive to continue Mark’s legacy in their agricultural studies and into their future farming or research careers.

Award requirements

First preference will be given to graduate students engaged in vegetable seed research activities at the Mount Vernon Research and Extension Center. If there is no student satisfying the first preference, next preference will be given to a graduate student at the Mount Vernon Research and Extension Center.

Thomas, Lauren AMDT Industry Tour Endowed Scholarship

Lauren Thomas graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Apparel Merchandising, Design and Textiles in 2014 from Washington State University. Lauren was an active member of the WSU Greek Community where served as Chapter President of Alpha Gamma Delta. Prior to graduation, Lauren completed the Retail Management Internship at Nordstrom. Upon completion of her AMDT Degree Lauren was hired by Nordstrom where she continues to work in management. Lauren attributes her success to the industry related trips that were facilitated by the AMDT program. The week of Fashion House Networking in New York City and the Cotton Incorporated Trip to North Carolina solidified Lauren’s decision to pursue a career in the Retail Fashion Industry.

Doug and Sandy Thomas are also Washington State University Graduates. Doug in Agricultural 1987 and Sandy in Political Science 2010. Doug is also an alumnus of the WSU Greek Community member of Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity where he served as Chapter President. Doug served on the WSU Board of Governors and as a Trustee on the WSU Foundation. Additionally, Sandy served on the WSU Parent Advisory Board. The Thomas Family has experienced some of the best times of their lives at WSU and for that reason are dedicating this scholarship in their daughter Lauren’s name.  The hope and expectation is to have future AMDT students have the opportunity to experience industry events and build a passion for the retail world of fashion.

Award requirements

This scholarship is to provide financial assistance for AMDT students for faculty/advisor led group student industry tours/trips.  IE:  Cotton Trip, New York City Fashion House Trip, European Fashion House Trip, Nordstrom Headquarters Trip, etc. . . .  This scholarship is to be awarded to a student who will also contribute a meaningful amount to the AMDT industry trip.  Selection priorities to a member of the WSU Greek Community in good standing with their local chapter; a WSU Pullman Campus student who is making progress towards AMDT degree completion who has shown ambition and is actively participating in various AMDT department activities.

Woody and Joan Bernard 4-H Scholarship

Woody and Joan Bernard are long-time supporters of the Washington State 4-H Program. Woody served as President of the Washington State 4-H Foundation and serves as Chair of the Grants/Scholarships Committee for the 4-H Foundation. In 2018, their family and friends made the decision to honor their support by providing funds for a named scholarship: The Woody and Joan Bernard 4-H Scholarship. Woody and Joan’s goal is to provide annual college scholarships for 4H youth members perpetually, providing high school seniors assistance with their future educational needs as they move forward to attend a four or two year accredited educational institution.

Woody Bernard was a WSU faculty member, working in Extension in western Washington for 32 years. His primary duties were providing educational programs for dairy farmers and 4-H youth. He served as an Extension County Chair in Snohomish and Skagit Counties. Woody is a 4-H alum and was a 4-H member for eight years. He served as a 4-H leader for three years. Woody served as the 4-H Foundation President for several years. Joan Bernard has been a longtime supporter of the 4-H Program.

Award requirement

Scholarships to be awarded to 4-H members to continue their education beyond high school to attend a four-year accredited institution or two-year vocational institution.

Rawlins Award for Excellence in Economics

V. Lane Rawlins has made deep and impactful contributions to Washington State University in many capacities and at the highest levels of service. He began his academic career at WSU as an assistant professor in economics in 1968, prior to completing his Ph.D. in Economics at the University of California at Berkeley in 1969. Rawlins’ academic focus was labor economics and much of his research work focused on the effects of education on earnings. He quickly rose through the ranks and served as the chair of the economics department (1977 to 1981) and was WSU’s vice provost (1982-1986). In 1986, he left WSU to serve as Vice Chancellor at the University of Alabama system (1986-1991) and then was appointed President of the University of Memphis (1991 to 2000).

Rawlins returned to WSU as its ninth President, serving from 2000 to 2007. In this capacity, he led in the creation of a strategic plan that guided the university’s drive for educational and research excellence. Under his leadership, WSU was designated a top-tier research university and substantially grew its extramural research funding. His leadership at WSU also resulted in increased enrollment of academically talented students, a more diverse student body, a stronger statewide presence; while still supporting the varying needs of its multiple campus locations.

Following President Rawlins’ retirement as WSU President, he served as a faculty member in the School of Economic Sciences, and from 2007 to 2009 as the interim director of the William D. Ruckelshaus Center for Conflict Resolution, a joint program of WSU and the University of Washington. He then answered the call to serve as the 15th President of the University of North Texas (2010 to 2014). In his third public university presidency, he continued his track record of impactful success in elevating the quality and image of the universities he serves. Throughout his career, he focused on maintaining strong connections between world-class research and top-quality undergraduate and graduate education. His ultimate commitment was to foster excellence in public higher education because of its power to transform individuals, regions, states and nations.

President Rawlins is a native of southeast Idaho. He married his wife, Mary Jo during his undergraduate studies. He graduated from Brigham Young University in 1963. At BYU, Rawlins was encouraged to continue his education at the doctoral level. Being a married father, navigating the transition to graduate school was a challenge, but as always, Rawlins was successful. Lane and Mary Jo have three children, 11 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

The Rawlins’ family established this award to assist an outstanding undergraduate senior in the School of Economic Sciences (SES) during the year the student is applying to graduate school. The overarching purpose of the award is to support the transition of an outstanding SES student to graduate study.

Award Requirements

The principal of this Fund shall be awarded to an outstanding undergraduate senior in the School of Economic Sciences, during the year the student is applying to graduate school, with the contingency that the student does attend a graduate program with the intention of ultimately seeking the PhD degree in a field of economics.   The award  is intended to assist the student in his/her transition to graduate school.

Seaman, Thomas Mendenhall Memorial Endowment

This endowment is created to honor Thomas Seaman, who came to WSU after receiving his B.S. in Business Administration from the University of California Berkeley.  While at WSU he completed his B.S. in
Agronomy and went on to receive an M.S. in the same field. Subsequently, he worked with Gordon Rubenthaler in the USDA Western Wheat Quality Lab under grants from the Washington Wheat Commission evaluating the end-use quality of Washington wheat varieties. With this background he researched and developed new ways of assessing wheat product quality in the baking industry, as well as creating new products, improving existing ones, and advancing quality assurance systems in his work for Dawn, Bunge, ADM, and Best Brands in Michigan, Washington, Minnesota, and California.  This endowment was created by the Seaman Family.

Award requirements:

This endowment will support a graduate student in the Department of Crop and Soil Sciences who has an interest in conducting research (biochemical, molecular, and/or genetic) in the assessment or improvement of end-use quality in wheat. This support may include student tuition, fees, books, and/or living expenses as well as any research expenses incurred.


Farmer’s Business Network Agricultural Scholarship

Farmers Business Network is helping farmers level the playing field and put power back into the farmers’ hands by enabling thousands of farmers to work together anonymously and securely to democratize information. FBN is excited to support and invest in Washington State students who will be leading the future of agriculture and technology with entrepreneurial and innovative ideas.

Award requirements:

This scholarship is for students who are majoring in precision agriculture, junior or senior academic status, holding a 3.0 GPA and students coming from a rural background. First preference to students who demonstrate an interest in precision agriculture data and a passion to educate farmers on new technologies for their operation.


Schrag, Michael and Linda Agriculture Education Scholarship

Michael and Linda Schrag have created this scholarship to support future high school agriculture teachers attending WSU.

Award requirements:

This scholarship is for WSU junior and seniors who have declared agriculture education as their major, and are required to have had a 3.0 gpa through their college years.  The recipient is required to maintain a minimum 3.0 gpa at WSU to stay eligible for the scholarship.  First preference will be given to graduates of the Lind-Ritzville School District, followed by residents of any wheat-producing counties in eastern Washington.

Pullman Association of Family and Consumer Sciences

This scholarship was established in 1982 by the Pullman Association of Family and Consumer Sciences.  This scholarship has been given to over 50 students through the years.

Quann, Thomas R. 4-H Endowment

Tom Quann and his family established this fund with the Washington State 4-H Foundation on May 3, 2011. Tom has been actively involved with 4-H for many years, first as a 4-H Member in the Hartline 4-H Livestock Club from 1945-1949, then serving as the State 4-H Leaders’ Council Treasurer. He was a member of the Washington State College Collegiate 4-H Club from 1949-1953. In 1956, Tom became an Extension 4-H agent in King County. After his years of service as an Extension supervisor for WSU, he remained extremely active in Extension and 4-H fund raising activities and assisted with fund raising efforts throughout the years. In 1987, Tom retired from WSU Extension after having held the following positions: Extension Supervisor at Large, District Supervisor, Acting Executive Director, WA State 4-H Foundation, Extension District Program Leader, Extension Associate State Leader, 4-H Specialist and King County Agent. Tom was inducted into the 4-H Hall of Fame in 2001. Upon his retirement from WSU in 1987, the 4-H Foundation Board of Trustees unanimously elected him to continue serving on the board. For 50 years, Tom has been a true champion and advocate for 4-H. This endowment honors Tom’s contributions of wealth, wisdom and work for 4-H in the state of Washington.

Award requirements:

Funds shall be used to award scholarships to current 4-H members who are high school seniors, to continue their education beyond high school.

Young, J. Orville and Helen/4-H Foundation Board of Trustees 4-H Endowment

The 4-H Foundation established this fund in 1988 with memorial gifts received from J. Orville Young.  Since that time, other 4-H Foundation Board members have had memorial contributions and estate gifts added to this fund, thereby creating the J. Orville Young/4-H Foundation Trustees 4-H Endowment.

Award requirements:

Support for 4-H members educational development including scholarships for 4-H members to continue their education beyond high school.

CAHNRS Scholarship

The CAHNRS Scholarship was created in 1982 and provides undergraduates and graduate scholarship to students within CAHNRS. The endowment was supported by many contributions from alumni and friends.

Kobata & Sons Foundation Scholarship

Sam I. Kobata & Sons Foundation is committed to the future of agriculture and related sciences and moving toward innovative technologies and solutions that enable farmers to grow more from less.  They are committed to cultivating tomorrow’s leaders through funding scholarships.  You can read about the history of the Kobata Scholarship Foundation through their website

Wine Spectator Viticulture and Enology Scholarship/Fellowship

Wine Spectator is a print and online publication, with approximately 3 million readers worldwide.  It examines the world of wine from the vineyard to the table, exploring wine’s role in contemporary culture and providing expert reviews. Wine Spectator Scholarship Foundation generously donated funding for scholarships and fellowships for WSU viticulture and enology program, along with funds for teaching labs and facilities at the WSU Wine Science Center.  In recognition of Wine Spectator Foundation’s gift, the atrium of the Wine Science Center will be named in their honor: The Wine Spectator Atrium.

Cramer, Gail L. Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness Scholarship

Gail and Marilyn met as students at Washington State University and were married shortly after graduation in 1963.  Both treasure the memories of the time spent in Pullman.  Gail’s degree was in Agricultural Economics and Marilyn’s degree was in Business Administration.  Their degrees from Washington State University have served them well, allowing both a great foundation for success in their respective careers.  They financed their education through scholarships, part-time jobs, summer work, and financial aide.  It is their pleasure to have a chance to “give back” and help other deserving students through this endowed scholarship.

First Dean’s Excellence winner breaks down education barriers

Shima Bibi  and Dean Ron Mittelhammer
Doctoral student Shima Bibi accepts the first CAHNRS Dean’s Excellence Scholarship from Dean Ron Mittelhammer.

Shima Bibi is a pioneer and a scientist. From rural Pakistan to Washington State University, she is pursuing her passion for discovery, working to improve global health and help girls in her home country reach their potential.

The first recipient of the College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences Dean’s Excellence Scholarship, Bibi will earn her doctorate in food science this fall. She is the first woman in her family and her home village to earn a PhD.

She grew up in northwest Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, which is under constant watch, and sometimes attack, by the Taliban.

But Bibi’s scientific mind, and desire to use that science to help others, pushed her to harness her courage and break down barriers.

Determined to learn more

“As a child, I was deeply interested in learning new things,” said Bibi, who was raised in a small village in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, formerly the Northwest Frontier Province. “Curiosity came first. Then I asked, how can I apply my science to help people?”

Growing up, she watched her fellow girls drop out of primary school, while boys stayed in class.

“I realized boys had freedom to realize their dreams, while girls’ desires to succeed were encumbered by societal expectations and gender norms,” Bibi said. “This did not seem right to me. I was determined to make a difference.”

After primary school, she was one of just three girls in her village class to apply and move up to middle school. Her teachers urged Bibi to continue her education, and with the support of her family, she traveled daily to a nearby village to attend a government girls’ high school.

From primary school through high school, Bibi led her classes in grades, and earned the highest score to date at her girls’ high school.

Shima Bibi
First Dean’s Excellence winner breaks down education barriers

Attending university in the large city of Peshawar, Pakistan, Bibi’s exploration of antibiotic qualities in honey led her to antioxidants—chemicals that protect the body from deterioration, found in foods like berries, purple potatoes and chocolate.

Spurred in part by her father’s bout with an intestinal ailment, Bibi set out to learn how antioxidants affect chronic disease. Winning a Fulbright scholarship, she applied to programs across the United States to find the best place to advance her ideas. The Washington State University–University of Idaho School of Food Science won out.

For the past four years, Bibi has worked alongside advisor Meijun Zhu, associate professor in the School of Food Science.

“Shima braved many hardships to finish her education,” said Zhu. “She comes from a region where fewer than one in ten women learn to read.”

Bibi’s dedication and perseverance helped her break boundaries, both to gain an education at home and to match her peers at WSU, added Zhu.

“She worked hard to reach this level, and has improved dramatically to become one of the top graduate students in my lab,” she said. “I see Shima becoming a leader in the field in Central Asia, and a role model for young people aspiring to a career in food and health.”

Today, Bibi is completing research on the beneficial effects of two antioxidant foods, raspberries and purple potatoes, on digestive health, a critically important research area.

“I want to see if these foods can protect against diseases like colon cancer and colitis,” she said.

First Excellence Scholarship

The CAHNRS Dean’s Excellence Fund was created by many donations over several years. Academic departments nominate students for the award, and the dean of the college chooses one undergraduate and one graduate scholarship recipient annually.

“The Dean’s Excellence Scholarship provides financial support for students who have a passion and determination for their chosen major in the face of hardships and challenges in their personal lives, and who exhibit dedication to applying their knowledge and expertise to assist and improve the lives of others,” said CAHNRS Dean Ron Mittelhammer. “Shima epitomizes these qualities, and CAHNRS is proud to present her with the first award.”

The $1,000 scholarship supports Bibi’s continuing doctoral studies.

A proud Coug, she will return home after graduation as a research officer for Pakistan’s agricultural research service in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. There, she aims to improve food security and health in her community.

“In Pakistan, girls are now going to universities and seeking every professional degree,” said Bibi. “I will work for women’s education, and bring shining minds to the forefront. I’m not afraid of any hardship. I’m a Fulbrighter and a Coug, and I have a Fulbright and Coug family all over the globe.”

June 27th – Agricultural Technology and Production Management (AgTM) Visioning Session

6/27/2017 AgTM Visioning Session

Through the leadership of Jim Durfey,  AgTM has become a successful program within the College of Agricultural, Human and Natural Resource Sciences. Now, we look to the future of this program by bringing together alumni, donors, and industry members for a visioning session with Jim Durfey and CAHNRS leadership.

We invite you to Pullman on June 27th to build a strategic vision for the AgTM program for the next 20 years. Facilitated by Ray Ledgerwood, WSU Ag Mec alum, your input will help us build upon success to continue making AgTM a premier program in preparing students for the agriculture industry.


Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Ensminger Pavilion – WSU Campus

Pullman, WA


If you have any questions, please contact Jessica Munson at or 509-335-4172. See you there!


8:30 am – Registration and Coffee

9:00 am – Welcome

12:00 pm – Hosted BBQ Lunch by CHS Primeland

12:30 pm – Tours

4:00 pm – Adjourn


Please park in one of the Green 1 parking lots around Ensminger Pavilion (see the map below). Once you arrive, check in at the registration desk in Ensminger to receive a parking pass to place in your car. *Note – the parking passes will only be good for Green 1 parking lots.

Parking map near Ensminger Pavilion.