2018 Senator James D. Speed Achievement Scholarship Presented
During the 2018 NC State Fair, the Senator James D. Speed Achievement Scholarship was presented to an outstanding youth who exhibited beef heifers, Lynae Bowman from Stokes County. Mark Speed, son of the late James Speed, presented the scholarship award to Lynae after the ‘Sale of Champions’ on Saturday, October 13, 2018, in the Graham Livestock Building. The scholarship continues the legacy that Senator Speed created as a 32-year member of the North Carolina State Legislature and through his commitment and dedication to agricultural interests. To honor his memory, the Franklin County Cattlemen’s Association established an NC State University endowment in 2010 to present an academic scholarship to an outstanding achiever in the Junior Beef Program. In 2016, the Leonard-Mobley Small Farm Fund, Inc. began contributing an additional $500 to the Speed Award to make the scholarship $1,000 on an annual basis.
Sixteen-year-old Lynae demonstrated strong leadership skills, integrity, good sportsmanship, achievement of goals, and is an advocate to today’s agricultural industry. The scholarship will be awarded during Lynae’s freshman year in college. She is the daughter of April and Neil Bowman of Germanton, NC. She is currently an outstanding student at South Stokes High School and is the 2018 NC Beef Ambassador in addition to many other achievements in the beef cattle industry.