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Peppe scholarship created in College

At the March 19 signing of the Dr. Isadore and Cynthia Peppe Food, Bioprocessing and Nutrition Sciences Scholarship, Timothy A. Peppe (front right) and his wife, R.J., are joined by Dr. Johnny Wynne (back row, left), Dr. Ken Esbenshade, Dr. Donn Ward and Dr. Mike Davis.

Photos by Marc Hall

Leadership potential and academic achievement are attributes of students who will be awarded the new Dr. Isadore and Cynthia Peppe Food, Bioprocessing and Nutrition Sciences Scholarship. In a signing ceremony March 19, Major General Timothy A. Peppe (Ret., USAF) established the endowment in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences to create the scholarship in memory of his parents.

The endowment will be used to provide scholarships for undergraduate students enrolled in any area of undergraduate study in the College’s Department of Food, Bioprocessing and Nutrition Sciences (FBNS). Recipients of the Peppe Scholarships will also be eligible for benefits provided by the General H. Hugh Shelton Leadership Center at N.C. State.

In addition to academic merit, Peppe Scholars will be selected according to demonstrated leadership experience and potential, evidence of personal character and integrity, orientation toward community and service, commitment to personal growth and commitment to physical fitness and wellness, as well as an interest in maximizing the opportunities of the Shelton Leadership Center.

Timothy Peppe, who earned his 1970 N.C. State bachelor’s degree in food science, is a corporate lead executive for the global security company Northrup Grumman Corp. He came to this company after a 33-year military career, from which he retired as a major general in the U.S. Air Force. He is a former recipient of the CALS Outstanding Alumnus Award, as well as the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the College’s FBNS Department.

During the event, Tim Peppe (left) had opportunity to reunite with former Food, Bioprocessing and Nutrition Sciences faculty members Dr. Vic Jones and Dr. Ken Swartzel.
Dr. Johnny Wynne, CALS dean, hosted the endowment signing, which he called “an important event for the College,” noting that in the current economic climate, “our students’ need for financial aid has become even greater.”

Added Dr. Ken Esbenshade, associate dean and director of CALS Academic Programs, “The cost of education keeps going up, and the scholarships we award make a difference in the lives of young people, helping them with the challenges of the costs to attend the university. The Peppe name will be there with this scholarship as long as there is an opportunity to help young people pursue their studies.”

Dr. Mike Davis, Shelton Leadership Center director, praised the scholarship’s selection criteria of leadership and personal development. “We want scholarship students to get a value-added experience, such as participation in the Gen. H. Hugh Shelton Leadership Forum and weekend of service,” he said.

Dr. Donn Ward, head of the FBNS Department, thanked the Peppe family for their generosity and referenced the family history, particularly Isadore and Cynthia Peppe’s commitment to education.

Isadore Peppe, who retired as a U.S. Army colonel, fought in both WWII and the Korean War (during which and spent 37 months as a Prisoner of War). Over the years, between Army service stints, he earned his bachelor’s degree from Tennessee Tech, graduated from dental school at Georgetown University and completed his master’s degree in public health at Johns Hopkins University. His wife, Cynthia Grobert Peppe, attended Tusculum College in Tennessee, Methodist College in Fayetteville and Austin Peay State College. All three of their children graduated from college -- daughters, Susan and Cynthia, from the University of Tennessee and son, Tim, from N.C. State.

Ward said, “We want to make sure recipients of this award understand” the values and commitment to education shown by the Peppe family, “because that is the kind of student we want.”

In response, Peppe said, “Life has been good to me. A couple of years ago I decided it was time to pay back. My parents did a lot for me and so did my grandparents. The Food Science Department welcomed me with open arms when I transferred from chemistry, and [Food Science faculty member] Vic Jones took me under his wing. I owe a debt of gratitude to the school. Now I want to help some of those kids out there who aspire to do better and might not have the means to do it.

“The university took care of me, and now we’ll take care of a few people in the future.”

Terri Leith

To donate, visit, and type “Isadore and Cynthia Peppe” or call 919-515-7678.