In July of 2010 the Board of Directors of the Malpai Borderlands Group voted to establish a scholarship fund, in the memory of former Malpai Board Member Rob Krentz, to assist worthy high school graduates in the Malpai Borderlands region with furthering their education. Scholarships will be given annually to a student (or students) in any subject. Financial need and scholastic achievements will be the main considerations for the scholarship.

Much has already been written and broadcast about the tragic death of Rob Krentz. On March 27, while checking livestock and wildlife waters in one of the pastures on his ranch, Rob was shot, apparently without provocation, by an unknown person. Tracks of the killer went into Mexico and the area is part of a corridor that has been used for smuggling activities. It appears to have been a case of Rob being in the wrong place at the wrong time. Those of us who live here know that Rob was in the right place – on his ranch, doing what he was supposed to do. We were and are shocked, outraged and saddened by the loss of our friend, neighbor and colleague. However, the fact that something horrible happened here did not surprise us. We had predicted that such a thing was likely to occur and had been asking for more enforcement attention for this neglected part of the border. It took the murder of one of us to finally get it.

Not as much has been written about the way Rob Krentz lived. Rob epitomized what the Malpai Borderlands Group is about. If any one thing could be said to characterize Rob, it was his generosity. He had a hard time saying no whenever asked to lend a hand and often went out of his way to help others when he saw the need, asked or not. This generosity extended to strangers as well as to friends and neighbors. Rob was a religious man and he really believed in being "thy brother's keeper". He was also strongly dedicated to the ranching tradition and to the stewardship that has kept the Krentz Ranch going for over 100 years. The Krentz family demonstrated their commitment to the goals of the Malpai Borderlands Group to "protect a healthy, unfragmented landscape" and "encourage profitable ranching and other traditional livelihoods which will sustain the open space of our land for generations to come" by conveying a conservation easement on their ranch to the Malpai Borderlands Group in 2003. That means that their beautiful ranch that runs from the Chiricahua Mountains well into the San Bernardino Valley that will never be subdivided.

Rob Krentz had another passion besides ranching. A graduate of the University of Arizona , he believed very strongly in the importance of education. Rob saw all three of his children attend college (two graduated from New Mexico State University) and he sat on the school board for the one-room school in Apache, Arizona for over two decades. If there was an FFA field day, a 4H competition, or anything involving kids and education going on, no one was ever surprised to see Rob involved. He also believed in education being a life-long endeavor. Rob was a recent graduate of Project Central, the Center for Rural Leadership, and he demonstrated his leadership by serving as President of the Cochise-Graham Cattle Growers' Association and as Chairman of the Whitewater Draw Natural Resource Conservation District, in addition to his service to the Malpai Group. It is fitting that the Malpai Borderlands Group honors Rob Krentz by establishing this scholarship that bears his name.



From Douglas, AZ Senior, University of Arizona Seeks a bachelor’s in Veterinary Science, emphasis on Animal Behavior

Lauren has been accepted into the UA College of Veterinary Medicine and will begin in August of 2024. She hopes to become a mixed animal veterinarian. “I would not have been able to reach my goals and success without the support of my family, mentors and the Malpai group, who have been a part of this fouryear journey with me. My heartfelt thanks to all of you!



 From Bonita, AZ Sophomore, Cochise College Seeks a bachelor’s in Agriculture and minor in Animal Science

Maycee has been busy with the rodeo team and is enrolled in five classes: Geography, Range Management, Philosophy, Intro to Honors and Microeconomics. “I hope to do well in my rodeo season this year and I plan to do well in school, so I can continue to rodeo.” She earned her American FFA degree this year at Cochise, and plans next year to attend NMSU to get her bachelor’s degree.



From Elfrida, AZ Freshman, New Mexico State University Seeking a degree in agriculture extension education

Upon graduation, Jazmyn’s goal is to move to her hometown to become a 4H Extension agent. “I would like to thank the Malpai Borderlands Group for its financial contribution towards my success.” 



From Animas, NM Freshman, New Mexico State University Pursuing a bachelor’s in General Agriculture and minor in Wildlife Science

Erick’s future goal is “to integrate a holistic approach to land management that bridges agriculture and wildlife science while enriching humanity and preserving the natural world.” While pursuing his degree, Erick works weekends at the Diamond A Ranch in Animas, New Mexico, constructing fence, plumbing, landscaping, irrigating, conserving wildlife and doing maintenance. “I want to convey my sincere appreciation to the Malpai Borderlands Group for helping me reach my goals.”



C.P. Stocker Scholarship


From San Simon, Arizona Junior, New Mexico State University. Seeks a bachelor’s in Animal Science and minor in Ag Business Management

Mikala hopes to apply to veterinary school to pursue a career as a large animal, rural veterinarian. She is active in the College of Agricultural, Consumer, and Environmental Sciences Student Council and Sigma Alpha Sorority (agriculture), and as a student mentor. “I am so grateful to receive the C.P. Stocker Memorial Scholarship. These opportunities would not be possible without the support of scholarships like this!”



 From Rodeo, New Mexico Sophomore, New Mexico State University Seeking a bachelor’s in Range Science with a minor in Ranch Management

Parker is an intern in NMSU’s Range Department where she focuses on improving precision ranching techniques and equipment. She has been involved with monitoring virtual fence collars and gathering data to create GIS maps. As a member of the NMSU Range Club, Parker participates in range conferences and competitions involving native plants and animals, and ranchland management techniques. She thanks the Malpai group and “everyone who has helped me work toward achieving my goals.”






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