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Kenly student earns cotton industry scholarship

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Kenly resident and N.C. State University student Ethan Thompson has been awarded a $2,000 cotton industry scholarship from Amvac Chemical Corp.

Thompson is one of seven recipients of Amvac’s 2019 Cotton Industry Advancement Scholarship selected from a pool of 26 qualified applicants. Each scholarship honoree received $2,000.

“Maintaining a pipeline of quality individuals to work in the industry is vital to the future of agriculture,” said Paul Vaculin, cotton marketing manager at Amvac. “We’re excited to help support these students as they pursue a career in agriculture and the cotton industry.”

Thompson is a sophomore at N.C. State studying agricultural-based biochemistry. He’s a member of the university’s Biochemistry Club and a student mentor. Brandon Cole nominated him for the scholarship.

Winners were selected by a panel of judges based on the merits of their applications. All applicants were nominated by a practicing cotton consultant and worked for a cotton consultant between 2017 and 2019.

Amvac is a subsidiary of Newport Beach, California-based American Vanguard Corp. that produces crop protection products.