Matthew Gibbs, a senior plant and soil science major at Arkansas State University at Jonesboro, is the 2019 recipient of the Katherine E. Franzen Memorial Scholarship.

Gibbs plans to pursue a PhD in agronomy. He received an associate degree from Phillips Community College before attending ASU, according to a news release.

He is a member of the National Society of Leadership and Phi Beta Lambda fraternity.

“Living in the Arkansas Delta my entire life, I have always been around agriculture,” Gibbs said. “Since I grew up in the rice and duck capital of the world, agriculture and soil have been a very big part of my life. It wasn’t until I came to Arkansas State that I discovered what I really wanted to major in.”

“I want to help farmers across the nation and want to be able to help farmers to realize how to increase the amount of crop growth to improve their success. I also want the opportunity to either become a researcher or a plant breeder,” he said.

The Franzen family selects the award winner each spring semester. Franzen scholarship recipients must be from Arkansas County and full-time students at ASU majoring in agriculture-related fields.

The Katherine Franzen Memorial Scholarship is privately funded, established in 1992 by her grandson, Tom W. Franzen, to honor his late grandmother who lived in Stuttgart.