Deadline to apply is Feb. 28

Ofelia Garcia Hunter, Alice Echo-News Journal

Two of the three $500 Farm Bureau educational scholarships are being renamed in memory of the late George Albert Frank Jr. and the late Ernest J. Botard, both pioneer nominees and longtime members with the organization.

The Jim Wells County Education Fund Scholarship will be renamed to honor both of the deceased gentlemen, who were Alice natives. Two of the three awards will be renamed the George A. Frank Jr. Education Fund Scholarship and the Ernest J. Botard Education Fund Scholarship.

Each year, the Jim Wells Farm Bureau presents three scholarships to high school seniors who are dependents of an active Farm Bureau member. Each of the scholarships is renewable for another semester if the student keeps up their grades and enrollment status.

For nearly 50 years, Frank, District 13 pioneer nominee in 1999, devoted his time and talents to the Jim Wells County Farm Bureau.

He was an advocate for agricultural causes at the state and local level.

Frank served as president of the Jim Wells County Farm Bureau for seven years. He also held the offices of vice president and secretary/treasurer for several years.

He served as chairman of the state affairs, membership and officer nominating committees.

At the state level, Frank served on the policy development committee twice and attended all legislative conferences and state conventions.

Frank was honored by the Jim Wells County for his long-term membership in the Farm Bureau and for his participation as a director.

He has been praised for encouraging young directors to take an active interest in the workings of the county, Farm Bureau officials said.

In addition to his Farm Bureau service, Frank has held board positions with Nueces Electric, Jim Wells Soil and Water Conservation and R&D Development and was a member of both the Retired Agriculture Teachers and the Retired Teachers of Texas.

Botard, a 2003 District 13 pioneer nominee, joined Farm Bureau in 1949 and served as a member of the board of directors throughout the 1950s.

He held office as vice president in 1958 and president in 1961 and 1962, and served on a number of committees including membership and policy development.

During the 1950s, the bureau did not have a building, and Botard was on the committee to find a permanent meeting place. On the state level, he was a member of the livestock committee.

The Community Council of Ben Bolt and Palito-Blanco Communities recognized him as an "Honored Pioneer."

In addition to Farm Bureau, Botard was a member of the Jim Wells County Fair Board for 20 years, president of Nueces Electric board for 20 years, and vice-chairman of the board for South Texas Electric Transmission. For 20 years he was also an adult leader of the Jim Wells County 4-H youth program.

Applicants must reside and attend high school in the four-county service in Jim Wells, Duval, Brooks and Jim Hogg.

Deadline for the application is 5 p.m. on Feb. 28. Scholarships will be awarded within 90 days of the deadline date.