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Collins/Caldwell scholarship created

Joining Ann T. Collins and Dr. William K. Collins (seated) at the signing of the Collins/Caldwell Scholarship endowment agreement are (from left) N.C. State University Vice Chancellor Terry Wood, Julie Collins Johnson, Alumni Association Executive Director Lennie Barton, Lori Collins, Kerr Collins, College Academic Programs Director Ken Esbenshade and Dean Johnny Wynne.
Joining Ann T. Collins and Dr. William K. Collins (seated) at the signing of the Collins/Caldwell Scholarship endowment agreement are (from left) N.C. State University Vice Chancellor Terry Wood, Julie Collins Johnson, Alumni Association Executive Director Lennie Barton, Lori Collins, Kerr Collins, College Academic Programs Director Ken Esbenshade and Dean Johnny Wynne.
(Photo by Daniel Kim)
In ceremonies hosted by the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and the N.C. State Alumni Association, the William K. and Ann T. Collins/John T. Caldwell Alumni Scholarship Endowment was officially established on September 3. The scholarship was founded by the Collinses' three children and by friends of the couple to honor their achievements and their love for the College and the university.

William K. Collins, who currently serves as coordinator of tobacco programs at N.C. State, is considered one of the world's leading tobacco field production experts and one of the leading international ambassadors of the U.S. tobacco industry. A native of Vance County, he holds two degrees from the College - a 1954 bachelor's degree in agronomy and a 1961 master's in plant breeding - along with a 1963 Ph.D. in crop breeding from Iowa State University. After working as an agronomist for R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. from 1963 to 1966, Collins joined the College faculty as an Extension specialist. In 1994 he retired as acting head of the Department of Crop Science.

Warren County native Ann Collins is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of UNC-Greensboro. Her longtime volunteer efforts include work through the Woman's Club of Raleigh in support of the Mt. Vernon Redirection School and her support of scholarships at the Woman's Club and at her home church in Warren County. She is past chairman of the board of trustees and current finance chairman of the Woman's Club.

CALS Dean Johnny Wynne presided at the agreement-signing event. Also present was Grant Hill, the first recipient of the Collins/Caldwell award, who is a sophomore in poultry science in the College. Speakers included Kerr Collins, the Collinses' son; Dr. Ken Esbenshade, CALS associate dean and director of Academic Programs; Terry Wood, vice chancellor of university advancement; and Dr. Lennie Barton, executive director of the NCSU Alumni Association, which established the John T. Caldwell Scholarship Program.

- Terri Leith