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Cumberland County Youth Receives CattleWomen's Memorial Scholarship


The Tennessee CattleWomen’s Association (TNCW) awarded an inaugural memorial scholarship in memory of longtime Tennessee Cattlemen’s Association (TCA) office manager, Rheba Capps. The scholarship was presented during the recent TCA Convention and Trade Show held in Murfreesboro, Tenn. Jan. 28-29. This is a one-time scholarship with plans to hopefully award more scholarships in Capps’ memory in the future.

Maci Gernt from Cumberland County, TN received the inaugural TNCW Rheba Capps Memorial Scholarship. Gernt is an Animal Science student at the University of Tennessee at Martin.


The scholarship was awarded on an application basis from the pool of applicants who applied for the 2021 TCA and TNCW scholarships. The application includes 4-H and FFA involvement, a letter of reference from a teacher or industry leader, and an essay explaining an issue impacting the beef industry in Tennessee. Eligible applicants must have been a member of the Tennessee Cattlemen’s Youth Association, or their parent/grandparent must be a member of TCA or TNCW.


“The TNCW Rheba Capps Memorial Scholarship is a very special scholarship for many reasons,” said Madison Martin, TNCW President. “This scholarship allows us to live out the TNCW mission of developing agriculture leaders, but more importantly, it allows us to honor Rheba’s memory.”


TNCW is honored to carry out Capps’ legacy by awarding Gernt with this scholarship. Capps served as the TCA officer manager for over a decade. Capps passed away in May of 2021 after a short but courageous battle with cancer. Capps was a strong supporter and loyal servant of the Tennessee CattleWomen’s Association, serving as secretary and treasurer for many years.


The mission of TCWA is to promote the beef industry through advocacy and education as well as developing agriculture leadership. TCWA has approximately 100 members from across the state and the southeast.


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For more information visit www.tncattle.org/tennessee-cattlewomen-s-association or email tcwaexec@gmail.com or call (615) 896-2333. Be sure to follow the TNCW on our Facebook page: www.facebook.com/TCWAssociation.

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