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Chamber of Commerce announces 2020 Jim Beard Memorial Scholarship recipient

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The Navasota Grimes County Chamber of Commerce is honored to introduce Drew Wagner as the recipient of the 2020 Jim Beard Memorial Scholarship. Upon graduating from Anderson-Shiro Senior High School, Drew plans to attend Blinn College to obtain a Degree of Applied Science in Welding Technology. This degree will allow him to do the things he truly enjoys – work outside, travel and use his learned skills to continue the farming and ranching business that his great grandfather began back in the 1930’s. He will utilize this scholarship to continue his education and return to our community to continue to help it thrive. This is the spirit of the Jim Beard Memorial Scholarship.

Jim Beard grew up in Grimes County and graduated from Navasota High School. From there he attended and graduated from Texas A&M in 1978 with a Bachelor of Business Administration Degree. He tried several occupations, but ultimately decided to start a business in Navasota with State Farm Insurance. Mr. Beard enjoyed volunteering his time to help others in our community. He served as President and Director of the Navasota Grimes County Chamber of Commerce in 1986 and again as President in 2010.

This scholarship was created in memory of Jim Beard because of his strong belief in the value of the future. He knew that college is not for everyone, but that should not stop a person from achieving success. He believed very strongly in the importance and benefit of trade and technical schools. He believed that skilled workers provide great value to our society and economy. It is with this belief that the Jim Beard Memorial Scholarship was created.

The Board of Directors of the Navasota Grimes County Chamber of Commerce are confident that Drew Wagner will honor the spirit of Jim Beard in his pursuit of education and love for his community and family. The Chamber of Commerce wishes all the best for Drew.

For more information, please contact the Chamber of Commerce by calling 936-825-6600 or online at