The late Jack Hamilton, “an innovator within the Louisiana and U.S. cotton industry,” has been honored by the Southern Cotton Ginners Association with it's annual scholarship to the 2003-04 Mississippi State University Gin Management and Technology Curriculum.

The award, presented at the association's annual banquet at Memphis in conjunction with the Mid-South Farm & Gin Show, will go to a selected student entering the program this fall.

The association's directors also voted at their annual meeting to contribute $50,000 to an endowed chair being established by four Louisiana cotton organizations in memory of Hamilton at the Louisiana State University Agricultural Center. He was an LSU graduate.

“Jack's contributions to the ginning industry and to U.S. cotton were outstanding and far-reaching,” said SCGA President Sledge Taylor in presenting the scholarship award to Hamilton's family at the group's annual banquet at Memphis.

Accepting were his wife, Arabelle; son, Jack Hamilton, Jr. and daughter, Lee Hamilton Trichel.

The endowed chair at the LSU Agricultural Center, in the amount of $1 million, will be utilized for research and other activities of benefit to the Louisiana cotton industry.

It is sponsored by the Louisiana Cotton Producers Association, the Louisiana Independent Cotton Warehouse Association, the Louisiana Cotton Ginners Association, and the Louisiana Cotton Association.

The state's cotton industry, along with other donors, will raise $600,000 over a three-year period. When the goal is reached, the Louisiana Board of Regents will contribute the $400,000 balance from state funds.

Interest from the endowment will be used to supplement the salary and support other activities of the chair position.