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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.

Schmidt, J. Frank Family Scholarship

Newlyweds Frank and Evelyn Schmidt planted their first trees in 1946 on 10 acres west of Troutdale, Oregon. The rich alluvial soils that sloped gently northward toward the Columbia River were ideal for growing nursery stock. The post-war building boom was on, and there was a great demand for trees in cities, suburbs, industrial parks and public places. Frank saw the need for trees of consistent quality, form and survivability, grown from selected, superior parent stock. He selected a number of superior clones and was always on the lookout for trees that grew well in the nursery and performed well in the landscape. Frank soon carved a niche for himself by perfecting the mass production of bare root shade and flowering trees produced from budded cultivars. From the start, it was important to Frank to produce the best quality trees possible and sell them at a reasonable price  .For over 70 years, J. Frank Schmidt & Son Co. has been “Growing New Ideas.” As originators of the Red Sunset® Maple and introducer or co-introducer of more than 50 other patented or trademarked cultivars, the company is known as a premier source of up-to-date deciduous tree cultivars and new introductions. More than 500 varieties and cultivars of deciduous trees are carefully grown on rich Willamette Valley soils in the heart of Oregon, “The Nursery State”.  Learn more about J. Frank Schmidt, Jr. and his family at

Founded in 1986 to mark the 40th Anniversary of the company, the J. Frank Schmidt Family Charitable Foundation has donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to horticultural research through the Horticultural Research Institute and private grants. In addition to funds earmarked for horticultural research, thousands of dollars are donated each year to local hospitals, charities, youth organizations, medical research and other non-profit organizations. Washington State University is fortunate to receive funding each year for scholarships.

Rohde, Peter Haakon Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship was established through the will of Phlorence E. Rohde.

Dr. Everett Martin was the academic advisor to her son, Peter Rohde, in the early 1970’s at WSU. Peter was disabled, having several brain tumors removed, and would need to learn to walk and talk again after each surgery. Dr. Martin and Dr. Scot Matalich were very kind and mentoring to Peter. Peter graduated from WSU in 1978 from Animal Sciences and passed away in 1980. Peter raised registered Black Angus cattle while attending WSU and during his short life after.

Stromsdorfer, Ernest W. Scholarship and Research Endowment

The Cao and Wang Families created this endowment to establish a scholarship and research fund in the School of Economic Sciences (“SES”) to honor Professor Ernst (“Ernie”) W. Stromsdorfer for his outstanding contributions to Washington State University. Ernie came to WSU in 1983 as Chairman of the Department of Economics and served more than 18 years as a faculty member and later as associate dean of the College of Business and Economics before retiring in 2002. Boqing Wang and Jian Cao, who came from Mainland China and both graduated from WSU in 1994 with doctorates in economics, are deeply grateful to Ernie, Professor Ron Mittelhammer and other faculty members for the life-changing education they received at WSU.

Schneiter, Robert and Margaret Scholarship in Dairy Science

Ruth Schneiter Henderson passed away in 2012.  She grew up in Longview, Washington, the only child of Robert and Margaret Schneiter. Her parents were dairy farmers of Swiss heritage who knew the value of hard work and frugal living. They loved both the land and their animals and worked together for almost fifty years to grow the number of cows (registered Holsteins) in their herd and the size of their farm.

Ruth attended R.A. Long High School and Lower Columbia College. Following graduation, she worked for several years in real estate before getting married and starting a family. A stay at home mom, she was very active in community volunteer activities including Junior Service League, Children’s Orthopedic Hospital Guild, Lower Columbia Community Concerts, Washington State Arts Council, Southwest Washington Symphony Guild, American Cancer Society, American Heart Association, American Red Cross and her church, Calvary Community.

But her greatest satisfaction came from volunteering for organizations that her children, twins Margaret L. (Marci) and Robert K. (Rob) participated in as they were growing up. The one organization which she believed had the greatest impact on their future was 4-H. Ruth volunteered for 4-H in a variety of diverse ways including leader in the foods program, camp counselor at Camp Mayfield in Lewis County, assistant at the Cowlitz County Fair, and Council Chairwoman for the county.

When her children left for college, Marci to Washington State University and Rob to the University of Colorado, Ruth was asked to turn a volunteer   experience into an employment opportunity. She became a Representative for Community Concerts, a division of Columbia Artists Management in New York City. As such, she helped bring affordable, world class entertainment to communities of all sizes. Annually, she and the other representatives would spend three weeks in New York City previewing talent (generally classical in nature) to promote to the community association boards she worked with in six western states and British Columbia.

Though she loved this job for the people she met, and the places she saw, after several years she decided she would like to be home a bit more. Ruth was offered a position with Community Home Health/Hospice in Longview. Ruth was with this agency for thirteen years and held a number of positions including Volunteer Coordinator, Development Director and the Director of Public Affairs. She is very pleased to have played an instrumental role in helping to get built one of the very first free standing Hospice facilities in the United States as well as in helping to establish the Community Hospice Foundation. But to Ruth, the greatest value in being a part of the hospice movement, was in being reminded daily of the value and importance of each and every life.

During this time she was involved in many local activities including community theater. She played the roles of Eulalie Mackechnie Shinn in “The Music Man”, Mrs. Higgens in “My Fair Lady”, and Auntie Em in the “Wizard of Oz” for Southwest Washington’s Mainstage productions.

And though Ruth always thought she would stay in southwest Washington when she retired, her love of Montana lured her to move to Lewistown, a small, ranching community in the middle of the state. She loves the blue sky, the wide open spaces, the beauty of the landscape and the genuineness of the people. In many ways, she has returned to her roots as agriculture is “the essence of life” in central Montana.  She traveled the world (including frequent visits to Switzerland) and participates in a myriad of community and cultural events in Lewistown. Ruth was a quiet philanthropist, encouraging friend, and dedicated mom.

Award Requirements:

Scholarships to undergraduate students participating in the CUDS (Cooperative University Dairy Students) program in the Department of Animal Sciences at Washington State University.  First preference to students with a dairy backgrounds or expressed interest working on a dairy.

Quann, Thomas R. and Mary A. Kohli Scholarship

Thomas R. Quann and Mary A. Kohli have had a continuing interest and commitment to WSU. Both Tom and Mary believe in “lifelong learning” and served in Cooperative Extension with pride. They believed that giving young people and adults opportunities to learn enhanced the learner’s lives as well as the communities in which they lived. They also appreciated the opportunities they had through professional development and in-service training to improve their own knowledge and skills.

Tom earned two degrees from WSC/WSU College of Agriculture, was proud of his status as a Golden Grad, and devoted his career to WSU Cooperative Extension, retiring in 1987. He began as a County Extension Agent but also served as an Extension 4-H Specialist, a District Supervisor, and in a leadership role with the WA State 4-H Foundation. After starting with Colorado State University Cooperative Extension, Mary came to WSU-CE and committed the rest of her career with over 25 years here. Between them, they were on the faculty for over 56 years.

Tom and Mary married in 1977. Three of Tom’s children, from his first marriage, graduated from WSU. His brother Jim also earned three WSU degrees and was a long time Registrar for the university.

Award Requirements:

Scholarships for undergraduate students in CAHNRS based on merit, financial need and service to the community. Scholarships would be provided with particular emphasis on students with financial needs and/or facing difficult circumstances in completing a college education (i.e. coming from families who have never attended college or single parents coming back to school).  May be combined with the Patricia Quann-Baker and Family Scholarship.

Jeffords, Oliver D. Scholarship

Oliver “Jeff’ Darwin Jeffords was born in Wenatchee, Washington. on March 8, I918. After graduating with Honors from Wenatchee High School, he attended CWCE for 2 years before being drafted into the Army. While serving with the Army Signal Corps in Italy during World War II, he observed the important role that farmers played i n supporting the world’s population. He decided his life’s passion would be to help farmers. After he was honorably discharged when the war was over, he took advantage of the Gl Bill to earn an agricultural engineering degree from WSU in 1948. He began his successful career helping farmers with a job with the Soil Conservation Service-USDA in Sunnyside, Washington, in 1948, as a specialist in land leveling and irrigation. In 1966, Mr. Jeffords was promoted to an area engineer position in Olympia, serving 10 counties. He earned his certification as a Licensed Professional Engineer and Land Surveyor. The proud culmination of his career was the publication of the ADS Drainage Handbook. He retired in 1973 and did part-time consulting work while traveling extensively with his wife, Lillie Juanita Gwinn Jeffords (WSU 1941 -Bachelor of Arts in Music and Bachelor of Education). Oliver was very grateful to benefit from the GI Bill to complete his college education. He shared with his family that he would like some of his estate donated to support students pursuing a similar degree in college.  His children, Ralph Jeffords and Cheryl (Jeffords) Kocher, also graduated from WSU.

Award requirements:

Scholarships to students majoring in Agricultural Technology and Production Management.

Estergreen, Dr. V. Line’ Animal Sciences Scholarship

Dr. V. Liné Estergreen was a beloved professor in Animal Sciences at Washington State University.  He was born December 15, 1925 in Lynden, WA and grew up on the family dairy farm.  After graduating from Nooksack Valley High School in 1942 he attended one semester at Washington State College (WSC) before being called into the US Navy. He obtained his BS degree in 1950 from WSC (now WSU) and then served one year as assistant dairy herdsman at the WSU Dairy Farm.  He returned to WSC, obtained his teaching credentials and was a vo-ag instructor for two years.  In 1956, Liné  received his MS degree in dairy science at WSC.  He and his wife, Ellene, moved to Illinois and Liné  received his Ph.D. from the University of Illinois in 1960 in the area of reproductive physiology.  During 1960 to 1961 he held a post-doctoral position in steroid biochemistry at the University of Utah.  They returned to Washington State University in 1961 (WSC changed to WSU in 1959) and Liné became a full professor in 1972.  Liné  brought distinction to the Animal Sciences Department at WSU by teaching and counseling many undergraduate students, and teaching and training 12 graduate students who went on to become successful in university research and teaching or in private enterprises.  His mentoring and guidance garnered him the respect and love of his students.  He kept in contact with many of his students after retirement. While at WSU, Liné served the department in a variety of ways.  He taught lactation physiology, endocrine physiology, and performed numerous dairy extension functions.  Even after his retirement in 1988 he was a well know figure in the Animal Sciences department.  In 2011 he received the Outstanding Alumnus Award from the Animal Sciences Department. He and Ellene supported an annual scholarship each year.  Liné passed away on March 30, 2016.  Ellene, his wife of 66 years, is establishing this endowed scholarship as a lasting legacy to Liné and his passion for students studying animal sciences.

Award Requirements

Funds shall be used to provide scholarships to juniors and seniors studying in the Department of Animal Sciences.

Distinguished Order of Zerocrats Scholarship

The Distinguished Order of Zerocrats, established in 1954, is an organization comprised of leaders in the frozen food industry.  In 1965 the Frozen Food Industry Scholarship Foundation was formed to provide financial aid to students of need pursuing a career in the food industry.  Over the years more than $1.3 million has been raised offering financial support to over 1,000 students in the U.S.  Washington State University is fortunate to be one of the recipients of scholarship funds throughout the years.


Aggie of the Year ready to support farming

Jenica Hagler
Jenica Hagler is the Agricultural Student of the Year and a May 2016 graduate at Washington State University (WSU photo/Seth Truscott).

Growing up in the rural town of Kuna, Idaho, Jenica Hagler found chores like feeding livestock, helping newborn calves and showing animals at the fair to be life lessons — challenging but satisfying.

“I fell in love with agriculture,” said the 2016 Agricultural Student of the Year at Washington State University, who graduates Saturday, May 7, with a bachelor’s degree in agricultural and food systems. “I loved the tie to the land, loved working with animals.

“Now, I realize the real reason I love the ag industry is the people,” she said. “The values and traditions, the passion that everyone has — whether they’re working with the soil every day or, in the role I aspire to, supporting farmers that grow our food, fuel and fiber.

“I’m looking forward to supporting the retailers who support our farmers,” said Hagler, who will work as a salesperson with Dow AgroSciences after graduation. “My biggest dream has always been to serve our farmers and ranchers.”

Research, teaching, international experiences

That dream came into focus through the academic and leadership experiences she enjoyed at WSU. Her agriculture and business economics track gave her a taste of both science and finances.

“It’s a great major, with many different experiences to get involved in,” she said.

Among them was research with WSU Extension economist Michael Brady, looking at trends in the organic fruit and vegetable industries, and a 2015 class trip to Rwanda to do economic research on coffee.

As a teaching assistant, she helped other ag and food systems students experience their senior capstone course.

Legacy of leadership

The most life-changing experience, Hagler said, was with the student organization Agriculture Future of America, which helps students become the ag industry’s next generation of leaders. As a freshman, she was one of two students who traveled to the AFA annual conference.

Afterwards, she campaigned for deeper WSU participation in AFA. WSU became one of three universities nationwide chosen for the University Growth Initiative, which helps students gain leadership training. Hagler became a national liaison and planned the AFA conference in 2014.

“The best part has been watching my friends experience AFA,” she said. More than 40 of her fellow students have taken part in professional development training, attended conferences and taken on national leadership roles.

“The real sign that you’re doing a good job is when you can leave a legacy,” she said.

A legacy of student support: Myrtle Fulfs

Myrtle Stout Fulfs knows the value of an education.

More than 20 years ago, Myrtle joined her husband Robert in helping animal science students at Washington State University pay for their education. After Robert, a dedicated Coug, passed away in 2003, she continued their legacy, funding the Robert and Myrtle Fulfs Endowed Scholarship in Animal Sciences.

Myrtle Fulfs
Myrtle Fulfs of Pullman, an endowment supporter of the WSU Department of Animal Sciences, holds the bottle that held her message along the bank of the Snake River for five decades.

“I want to help, and I know there are students who need help,” said Myrtle.

Born in 1924, Myrtle grew up in a farm community a few miles south of Uniontown, Wash. She attended the one-room Hall School with as many as 35 classmates, doing well enough that her teacher decided to move her up a grade. In 1941, at age 17, Myrtle graduated from Colton High School.

Myrtle had ideas of attending university and becoming a teacher. But her father decided that nearby Washington State College (today’s WSU), then crowded with soldiers attending classes, was no place for his daughter. Instead, Myrtle attended business school in nearby Lewiston, Idaho. That led to a secretary job at the Zimmerly Air Transport Co. in Clarkston, Wash, where her father’s hopes of keeping her away from young soldiers came to naught. World War II was on, and at Zimmerly airport, Myrtle met hundreds of cadets training to become navy pilots.

Message in a bottle

While working in Clarkston, Myrtle took a boat ride up the Snake River and launched a message in a bottle that, decades later, gave her a moment of national fame.

On a spur of the moment, she wrote a note on a blank check from Security State Bank of Colton, sealed it in a Singer sewing machine oil bottle, and tossed it into the river.

“To who ever finds this, I’m a lonesome young lassie 19 years old,” looking for a dark man with a good bank account. “I am a good cook about 5 foot 4 inches tall, blue eyes, nice, well proportioned girl. If interested, write me a note.”

Once launched, Myrtle forgot all about the note—until it was found, 56 years later, by a 16-year-old Clarkston boy named Luke Jackson, in a sandbar near Asotin, Wash.

The story made the local newspaper, then the national news. That summer, Luke and Myrtle were interviewed in New York City by the NBC Today Show’s Katie Couric. Friends far and wide wrote Myrtle to share their excitement at seeing her on television.

“I was a celebrity for a while,” said Myrtle. “It kind of overwhelmed me!”

Agriculture supporter

In 1945, Myrtle married Robert Fulfs. Together, they farmed wheat near Pullman for more than 50 years, raising three children, Marilyn, John and Robynn.

Farm life was always busy, but “we were brought up learning how to work,” said Myrtle. She remembers cooking meals for busy harvesters in an abandoned house in the fields and occasionally driving farm trucks to help her husband.

Robert, who earned a degree in animal husbandry from WSC in 1938, was a strong supporter of local and state agriculture and the university. A regular contributor to 4-H and FFA programs and the Department of Animal Sciences, he received the WSU Distinguished Alumnus Award in 1998.

“Robert was a very progressive farmer,” Myrtle remembered. “He was interested in young people getting back into farming.” Together, she and Robert started the endowment, using some of Myrtle’s investment earnings.

Along with their initial commitment, made just before Robert’s death, Myrtle recently renewed her endowment with a gift, ensuring $1,100 in annual scholarships.

“Students should value the opportunity to get an education,” she said.

“Scholarship gifts make a tremendous difference for our students,” said Kristen Johnson, interim chair of the Department of Animal Sciences. “They’re an investment in future leaders, who will improve animal and human lives. Myrtle’s generosity betters our society, changing lives, one student at a time.”

Her life and education took a different path before she made her WSU connection. Yet Myrtle has always strongly valued the benefits of education.

“It’s a part of my being,” she said.

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