Dr. Hammond was an agronomist, soil scientist and crop advisor to Columbia Basin irrigated agriculture for over 20 years. He gave selflessly of his time in identifying and seeking solutions to agriculture problems in the field and served as a trainer for many commercial crop advisors in Central Washington. Max held a courtesy appointment to the faculty of the WSU Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture and in this capacity guided graduate students and researchers alike. Dr. Hammond held a lifelong commitment to agriculture education. This scholarship fund was created to honor his memory.
The Hammond scholarship is intended to annually recognize an undergraduate or graduate student at Washington State University with financial need who has a demonstrated interest in an area directly related to agriculture and a commitment to completing a degree. Included agricultural specialties shall be: crops and soils, horticulture, weed science, plant pathology, entomology, biosystems engineering or other closely related fields.