LOUISBURG, N.C. — During the 2021 NC State Fair, the Senator James D. Speed Achievement Scholarship was presented to an outstanding youth who exhibited beef heifers, Hope Latta from Franklin County. Mark Speed, son of the late James Speed, presented the scholarship award to Hope on Monday, October 19, at the NC State fairgrounds. The Speed Achievement 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 NCSU endowment in 2010 to present an academic scholarship to an outstanding achiever in the Junior Beef Program. The Senator James D. Speed Achievement Scholarship is valued at $500. In 2017, 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.
Seventeen-year-old Hope 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 Hope’s freshman year in college. Hope is the daughter of Wendy and Timothy Latta of the Pilot area in Franklin County, and the second Franklin County native to win this prestigious statewide award.
For more information, contact Martha Mobley, firstname.lastname@example.org or 919-496-3344.
–Martha Mobley, N.C. State Extension