Georgia agricultural leaders are starting a University of Georgiascholarship honoring the late Sen. Paul Coverdell. It will beawarded annually to a student in the UGA College of Agriculturaland Environmental Sciences.”This scholarship is being established in Sen. Coverdell’sname by the agricultural associations and industries in Georgia,”said Gary Black, president of the Georgia Agribusiness Council.”It’s a unified effort to recognize all that the senatordid for agriculture in the state.”Honoring a Truly Great StatesmanGale Buchanan, dean and director of UGA CAES, said the scholarship”honors a truly great statesman, who was a friend and supporterof agriculture. Sen. Coverdell understood and appreciated theimportance and role that research, extension and teaching programsplay in support of that industry.”The scholarship was announced, appropriately, at the NationalSymposium on the Future of American Agriculture Aug. 10-11 inAthens. Coverdell, who served on the Senate agricultural committee,began the symposium in 1999.In a moving tribute to the late senator, UGA Vice Presidentfor Academic Affairs and Provost Karen Holbrook said, “Sen.Coverdell’s investment in establishing this symposium is justone of his contributions to the industry. He was also a tirelessadvocate for agricultural research funding.”Secured Research Funds to Fight TSWVAmong other contributions, Coverdell helped get research fundingthat led to a formula for containing tomato spotted wilt virus,a disease that cost Georgia farmers $28 million in 1999 for peanutgrowers alone.”He was an extremely kind and thoughtful individual whoalways worked quietly to get things done,” said Buchananof the late senator. “A scholarship would be an excellentway to preserve the legacy of this great man and great friendof agriculture.”To create an endowed scholarship at UGA, a minimum of $25,000is needed. More than $10,000 was raised in the first two days.Contributions may be made to the University of Georgia Foundationand designated to the Coverdell Scholarship.Mail contributions to Louise Hill, Office of Development, FourTowers, Athens, GA 30602. To learn more about the scholarship,call Hill at (706) 542-3390.