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Foundation Announces Agriculture Science Scholarship Endowment

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(Featured in photo, L-R: Mike Howard, John M. Howard, Dr. Steven Tallant)

KINGSVILLE (May 11, 2018) – A new $100,000 scholarship endowment focusing on agriculture science was announced by the Texas A&M University-Kingsville Foundation. 

            The John M. Howard Family Agricultural Science Scholarship Endowment will provide four or more scholarships to full-time students in good standing pursuing degrees in agriculture sciences. First, second and third-year students are eligible, with preferences given to residents of Agua Dulce and surrounding towns, and to those students who are studying ag/mechanics and want to become ag teachers. 

            The endowment comes from a pledge from son Mike Howard of San Antonio, supported by his siblings and family, to honor their father John M. Howard. 

            John M. Howard is currently the mayor of Agua Dulce. He was a longtime educator, first at the high school level in Agua Dulce, then as an adjunct faculty member at Texas A&M-Kingsville. He taught agriculture science, and then specifically meat science at the university from 2001 to 2011. 

            “Because of the interest and increased enrollment in meat science, we were able to create our own course additions in the animal science area, and have an FTE (full-time equivalent) faculty position after 2011 in meat sciences. So really, John Howard’s time here as an adjunct led to a meat science program here at Texas A&M-Kingsville that is still sustainable today,” Dr. Shad Nelson, dean of the Dick and Mary Lewis Kleberg College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Human Sciences said of the honoree. 

             Nelson also credits Howard for his many years as a promoter of agriculture science education across the South Texas region through FFA. “What I like about John Howard is his love and passion for what he does, which has translated into the lives of his children.” 

            Mike Howard is an alumnus of the university, with a degree in chemical engineering. He was a regular supporter of its Frank H. Dotterweich College of Engineering, and was looking to extend his support to other areas that helped teach him about leadership and hard work. For Mike, that next area was agriculture, learned in no small part from his father—his high school agriculture science teacher. Through the Foundation, Mike Howard decided to start a scholarship for agriculture science students interested in becoming teachers. 

            The announcement of the scholarship was an added highlight to founding the scholarship. “It was special that my entire family got to experience (my father) receiving the scholarship endowment in his name,” Mike Howard said. 

            “I am grateful that my dad was able to meet with the first two scholarship recipients at the event. His life’s work was teaching and now, for years to come, he will get to meet with more scholarship recipients and see what he started almost 50 years ago will last into future generations.” 

            This endowment was funded in part by a gift to the Foundation from the Estate of J.R. Welhausen. The Welhausen gift matches any new scholarship endowment established with at least $50,000. 

            In addition, this endowment amount will be counted toward the Texas A&M University-Kingsville Foundation comprehensive campaign With You. Without Limits. which seeks to raise $100 million toward university needs such as scholarships, endowments, facilities and programs, among other items. 


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