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Scholarship Recipients for 2014-2015

The Ag Day Celebration is a special event for West Texas A&M University (WTAMU) in Canyon. Held September 5th, one highlight is recognition of scholarship winners for the year. Panhandle-Plains Land Bank awards 4-$1,000 scholarships to Junior or Senior students each year; this is the 7th year that the association has awarded scholarships. Recipients are chosen by a committee from within the WTAMU Foundation. Criterion for the scholarship includes students with degree plans from within the College of Agriculture, and who graduated from high school in the association's service territory.

2014 Scholarship Winners for Panhandle-Plains Land Bank
2014 Scholarship Winners for Panhandle-Plains Land Bank
Left to right: Sara Jo Miller, Laura Beth Burandt, Cory Bruce, Vice President, Ashlee Marie Adams, Madilyn Elizabeth Shults.

Sarah Jo Miller is a Junior Ag Media Communications major from rural Floyd County. Her parents are Lyle and Tresa Miller. Sara Jo received academic honors at high school and while at WTAMU. She is active in athletics and activities within the Ag Media Communications Department, serving as Editor of the Agricultural Communications of Tomorrow publication. Describing herself as a “farmer's daughter with a love of agriculture," Sara wants to use her education to help give farmers and ranchers a voice they need to protect their livelihood.

Laura Beth Burandt calls Perryton home. She is a Junior Ag Media Communications major; her parents are Phil and Ann Burandt. Laura Beth was very active in 4-H prior to attending Frank Phillips College, then enrolling at WTAMU this year. Raised on the family ranch near Perryton, she developed an early love for agriculture, as a profession and lifestyle. Her goal is to obtain an education and ultimately a career that can to help farmers and ranchers and keep her close to her ranching heritage.

Ashlee Marie Adams is a Junior from Canyon. She is an Animal Science, Pre-Veterinary Medicine major. Her parents are Chris Adams and Tammy Adams. Ashlee is active in scholastic and other organizations, and has achieved recognition for her academic efforts. A long-time love of animals and a summer job at a local veterinary clinic convinced her that this was the career path meant for her.

Madilyn Elizabeth Shults is a Junior from Pampa. Her parents are Wendell and Charla Shults. She is an Agriculture Education major with plans to be a high school agriculture science teacher and ultimately pursue her Master's degree in Agriculture. Describing herself as a woman who loves agriculture, but did not grow up on the farm, her goal is to show that anyone can be involved in agriculture. Madilyn has received a number of academic recognitions and awards; this is her third year to receive a scholarship from the association.

These recipients exhibit a love of agriculture as their chosen field of study and in extracurricular activities. The WTAMU Foundation has done another fine job identifying worthy students for these scholarships. Panhandle-Plains Land Bank is proud to support these individuals and wishes them well as they continue their studies. Panhandle-Plains Land Bank provides long-term credit to farmers, ranchers, and agribusiness in 17 counties of the Panhandle and South Plains. Offices are located in Amarillo, Pampa, Perryton, and Plainview.


Area Students Recognized for 2013 - 2014

Scholarship Winners 2014
Pictured left to right: Steve Donnell, Senior VP, Travis Miller, Natalie Pugh,
Madilyn Shults, Shandi Jade Leavitt, and Cory Bruce, Chief Credit Officer.

Four students at West Texas A&M University (WTAMU) received the association’s annual scholarships for 2013-2014. This is the sixth year of the scholarship program which recognizes upper class students from the panhandle and south plains with a $1,000 award. Students are chosen by the WTAMU Foundation with priority given to area students studying some facet of agriculture. The recipients are announced at the Ag Day event on September 7, this year the winners are:

Madilyn Elizabeth Shults from Pampa, a junior agriculture education major. This is her second time to receive the award.

Natalie Nicole Pugh from Abernathy, a sophomore agriculture media and communication major.

Travis Jack Miller from Booker, a senior agriculture major.

Shandi Jade Leavitt from Wildorado, an agriculture media and communication major.

These students push themselves to excel in the classroom and with extracurricular activities beneficial to their college experience. The foundation has done another fine job identifying students the association is proud to recognize. The association wishes these students success as they continue their college career.

Steve Donnell
Pictured left to right: Steve Donnell, his wife Denise, and Dr. Don Topliff,
Dean of the College of Agriculture, Science and Engineering.

Steve Donnell Recognized

At the Ag Day event on September 7, the Agriculture Department recognized Steve Donnell from the Amarillo office as one its First Choice award winners.

According to the University Foundation, “The honoree must be successful in his or her profession while being easily identified with West Texas A&M University. The honoree should have contributed to WTAMU Agriculture in leadership, volunteer service, participation in campus activities, or financial support. The honoree should be an advocate for West Texas A&M University in his or her professional duties and community activities.”

The association is proud for Steve and appreciates the university for this recognition; and the relationship between Panhandle-Plains Land Bank and West Texas A&M.