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New Edwards Scholarship will aid undergraduates in three CALS departments

Bill Edwards Jr. and Cecile Edwards Mooney (front) sign the endowment to create the William Parker Edwards Scholarship in the College. Behind them are Dr. Barbara Kirby, Terry Wood of University Advancement and Dean Johnny Wynne.
Photo by Becky Kirkland

William Parker Edwards, a 1956 agronomy graduate of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, was honored Dec. 21, 2006, as his family established a scholarship endowment in his memory. The William Parker Edwards Scholarship in the North Carolina Agricultural Foundation Inc. will provide financial aid for undergraduate students from North Carolina who are enrolled in the CALS departments of Crop Science, Soil Science or Horticultural Science at N.C. State University.

Dr. Johnny Wynne, CALS dean, hosted the signing ceremonies in Patterson Hall.

Representing CALS Academic Programs, Dr. Barbara Kirby thanked Edwards' widow, Cecile Edwards Mooney, son William P. (Bill) Edwards Jr. and other family members for the endowment and the opportunities it will provide for prospective students to attend N.C. State. "Scholarships and financial aid are cited by many of our graduates as making possible their education and their receiving a degree," Kirby said.

Felix Allen, Edwards' nephew, said, "Bill and his family built Cheviot Hills golf course, and this year the course was sold. We agreed we wanted to create a need-based scholarship with the proceeds."

Added Mooney, "Bill was a strong believer in education and young people and a giver all his life, so this is an extension of his giving."

- Terri Leith