Scott - Windham Scholarship

Angela Singleton, Thomas, Daniel L.  |  6/2/2006 12:00:09 AM

T. H. Scott

Louis A. Windham 1898-1959

The T. H. Scott Scholarship

The T. H. Scott Scholarship was established in 1972 to honor T. H. Scott, a farm machinery dealer in Monroe, Louisiana. T. H. Scott played an important role in the success of the Deep South Equipment Dealers Association. He served as its third president. He also served, in 1968, as president of the National Equipment Dealers Association.

Equipment dealers first met in 1945 in Alexandria, Louisiana where they established the Deep South Equipment Dealers Association with the objective of promoting the well-being of their membership. They were well aware that their success depended upon the health and growth of agriculture in the southern states. Over the years, the Association established close ties with the LSU College of Agriculture in general and with the Agricultural Engineering Department in particular. A mutual interest in farm mechanization and the sale of equipment led to many joint projects. One project of note was the establishment of a curriculum in Farm Equipment Management. Many of that program's graduates were employed in the farm equipment industry and enjoyed successful careers.

The T. H. Scott Scholarship was established by the Deep South Equipment Dealers Association and named to recognize and honor a person who has demonstrated leadership and management capabilities and who is well known for his intense interest in business, agriculture, mechanization, and education.

T. H. Scott received a degree in Agricultural Engineering from Mississippi State College in 1933. He began his career with International Harvester as a warehouse helper. He moved from warehouse helper to salesman, to zone manager, and eventually to store manager. In 1939, he bought his first International Harvester Dealership in Monroe, Louisiana and founded the Scott Truck and Tractor Company. Currently, he serves as Chairman of the Board of the Scott Company which covers three states (Louisiana, Mississippi, and Arkansas) with 20 farm equipment stores, one truck dealership, 14 construction equipment locations, an irrigation equipment company, three finance companies, and an insurance company.

Tom Scott was the first president of the Monroe Jaycees and is past president of the Monroe Chamber of Commerce, Deep South Equipment Dealers Association, and the National Farm and Power Equipment Dealers Association. Currently, he serves on the Board of Directors for Central Bank. Mr. Scott was the recipient of the Monroe Chamber of Commerce's Dave Silverstein Award and their Agricultural Businessman of the Year Award. He serves on the Board of Directors for the Northeast Louisiana University Foundation and he received an honorary doctorate degree from the university. Mr. Scott is extremely active and serves in numerous capacities in his church and community.

Tom and his wife, Mayme, have two children, Tom and Betty, who are active in the family business. They have four grandchildren and three great grandchildren.

The Louis A. Windham Scholarship

The Louis A. Windham Scholarship was established in 1960, at first to honor and later to memorialize Louis A. Windham, a former County Agent in Louisiana and a founding member of the Ammonia Dealers Association. He served as president of the Ammonia Dealers of Louisiana and was a major player in establishing the Anhydrous Ammonia Commission of Louisiana. He served as a board member of this Commission as well as on the Board of Directors of the National Ammonia Institute.

During World War II (1941-1945), ammonia was used by the military to make explosives that were used in the war effort. When the war ended, ammonia became available for use as an inexpensive source of nitrogen fertilizer for agriculture. Its major drawback was that it had to be handled under pressure by farm employees who had little training or experience in dealing with high pressures or potentially toxic substances. The need for close regulation of this new industry was recognized by equipment dealers. A group of dealers interested in selling anhydrous ammonia and others, including Louis A. Windham, joined together to form the Louisiana Anhydrous Ammonia Dealers Association. Their primary objective was to assure safe practices in handling, storing, and using anhydrous ammonia. Windham recognized the need for training rural workers in handling ammonia fertilizer and made full use of LSU's training capabilities. Cooperative work was established with the Agricultural Engineering Department and a laboratory was established to test equipment that was used in handling and storing ammonia. With the help of the agricultural engineers in the Louisiana Agricultural Experiment Station and the Louisiana Cooperative Extension Service, regulations were developed and incorporated into State Law in 1950. Later a strong national association was established to address anhydrous ammonia issues. Consequently, the need for the Louisiana Anhydrous Ammonia Dealers Association no longer existed and it disbanded in 1968. The funds remaining in the Association's account were donated to LSU for an endowed scholarship fund in honor of Louis A. Windham. Prior to this named scholarship, the Louisiana Anhydrous Ammonia Dealers Association sponsored a scholarship annually, beginning in 1957, for students majoring in Agricultural Engineering.

The Louis A. Windham Scholarship was established to pay tribute to a person who provided leadership in establishing rules, regulations, and standards for the anhydrous ammonia industry. This scholarship also acknowledges Windham's foresight for safety as exemplified in programs he developed to train persons to handle, store, and apply anhydrous ammonia safely.

Louis Windham received a B.S. degree in Animal Husbandry from Louisiana State University in 1921. His early years were spent in the southwest Louisiana school systems. He was a science teacher in Allen Parish in 1921-1922. He was principal of the Fields, La. school during the 1922-1923 year. From Fields he went to his home town of Merryville where he taught agriculture and was the acting assistant principal. He concluded his teaching career in 1930 as an agriculture teacher and principal of Harrisonburg High School. Louis accepted an assignment as County Agent in East Feliciana Parish in 1930 and served there until 1942. He served as County Agent in East Baton Rouge Parish until his retirement in 1945. Louis joined the Louisiana Co-op in 1945 and set up their Anhydrous Ammonia Division. He was responsible for getting nitrogen fertilizer through their chain of Co-ops located throughout most of Louisiana.

Louis and his wife, Ruth, remained firm supporters of LSU. Their commitment to education can best be seen by their example. Their three daughters all graduated from LSU and have continued to support its programs.

The Scott-Windham Scholarship

For more than 20 years, the T. H. Scott and Louis A. Windham scholarships funds have provided significant scholarships for students majoring in Biological and Agricultural Engineering. However, inflation has impacted these scholarships to such an extent that the frequency of awarding the scholarships in recent years decreased from annually to every third or fourth year. Further, recent increases in the cost of tuition, books, and living expenses have resulted in the need for larger scholarship awards. With endorsements by those involved with the establishment and funding of these scholarships, a decision was made by the Biological and Agricultural Engineering Scholarship Committee to merge the two funds, endow the resultant fund, and target it for an increase to a level that would provide a significant scholarship annually. In 1994, the T. H. Scott and the Louis A. Windham scholarship funds were merged to create the Scott-Windham Scholarship fund.

The Scott-Windham Scholarship is given annually (February) and preference is given to sophomores that are enrolled as full-time students.  Selection is based on a minimum GPA of 2.5 and the need for financial support.  Contact your undergraduate advisor for an application.

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