Harlingen Cotton Committee recognizes first bale of cotton, awards scholarships

HARLINGEN – The Harlingen Cotton Committee recognized the first officially certified bale of cotton in the country, ginned by Chris Breedlove of Willacy Co-op, and awarded scholarships to TSTC students at the First Bale Auction and Scholarship Fundraiser on Sept. 13.

Wesley Vanderpool, who delivered the 2,040-lbs. bale of cotton to Willacy Co-op in Sebastian, TX, received a $3,000 reward. The bale was sold to BASF/Butch Roecker for $9,000, including add-ons.


TSTC students were also presented with a $15,000 scholarship check at the event. The Lozano-Long Foundation will match those funds, bringing a total of $30,000 in scholarships for students pursuing an agriculture-related degree.


The Harlingen Cotton Committee, along with matching funds from the Lozano-Long Foundation, has donated over $70,000 in scholarships to the Agricultural Technology Program at TSTC.

This year, the Algodón Club of Harlingen awarded approximately $30,000 in scholarships for the 2018-2019 school year. For over 40 years, the Algodón Club has held a silent auction to raise scholarship funds to graduating high school students pursuing a degree in agriculture in Cameron, Hidalgo and Willacy counties.


For more information regarding the First Bale Auction & Scholarship Fundraiser, contact the Harlingen Area Chamber of Commerce at (956) 423-5440.