Ben Wilson Memorial Scholarship
Amanda Terrell is the daughter of Dirt and Sherry Terrell of LaSalle. She is a Sophomore at Northeastern Jr. College, and her current career goal is to obtain her degree in Agricultural Communications from Northeastern Junior College and Texas Tech University. From there, she wants to stay tied into the agricultural industry, primarily through rodeo. Her dream is to be able to work for the Cowboy Channel and cover all things rodeo. Amanda would also love to design the interiors of living quarters trailers. Her dream someday is to be a part of Bloomer Trailers with her own interior design line. She ultimately would like to give back and impact future generations through her career and personal endeavors.
Amanda is pursuing a degree in Agriculture Communications as well as competing on the rodeo team. From there, she will transfer to Texas Tech University to continue her academic and rodeo career. Back in 2020, she had an amazing internship opportunity working for the Team Roping Journal and the Breakaway Roping Journal magazines. Although Amanda had plenty of experience in the rodeo industry, she was quite inexperienced when it came to the media and news coverage side of things. Through this internship, she was able to get hands on experience in that field. Her boss, Chelsea, helped her tremendously and really showed her what the industry was all about. she truly enjoyed her time there, and it gave her a better sense of what she would like to do for the rest of her life. Ultimately, that is what pushed her to pursue an Agriculture Communications major. She has thoroughly enjoyed her time at NJC learning about all things agriculture and growing as a student, competitor, and person. Amanda intends to keep learning and growing for the rest of her life. As said earlier, she would love to work for The Cowboy Channel or Bloomer Trailers, staying connected to the agriculture industry. Eventually, she would also like to open up her own non-profit, an equine therapy facility for children with special needs. She also wants to bring awareness to rural mental health and suicide prevention. Those are both very close to her heart and dreams she would eventually like to make a reality. Amanda’s future goals include, make the College National Finals Rodeo, buy my WPRA permit, win Rookie of the Year, go on to make the NFR in the breakaway roping, and most importantly, make a difference. Amanda can see her education and career being a new door opening for her and cannot wait to pursue it and begin this next chapter in Texas. Today, Amanda has several state championships, awards, honors, and wins under her belt from rodeo. She contributes her success to the knowledge, horsemanship, and foundation she’s obtained over the years from 4-H. This organization has not only given her a great foundation to start on, but it has grown with her over the years. Amanda cannot believe how much she has grown in and out of the arena since starting 4-H. She will forever cherish the wonderful opportunities, experiences, and memories the organization has given her over the past twelve years, and the positive impact it has had on her life.
Amanda is the recipient of the Ben Wilson Memorial Scholarship.