Jordan Family Scholarship at the College of Natural Resources
When I learned that I had been awarded the Jordan scholarship, initially I was elated. Somebody is watching you, and somebody thinks you can do this. NC State can take so much credit for what we are, what we’re going to be. The help we’ve had from the university system in supplying the people that we have today is so rewarding. Every dollar is appreciated at NC State. I really feel like we’re giving money to people to do something that they couldn’t otherwise do. As a family, we like providing funds for professors because they’re the ones who really make it happen and provide the learning experiences for students. We have to continue that legacy, and that’s what drives me to get up every morning and say, “How can I make a difference for the future?” And of course, the honor of being a Jordan Distinguished Professor. The College of Natural Resources in North Carolina State University, it is one of the most important factors in the success of this company. Just the university is, it’s been our resource. You know, it used to be an, I guess in high school, there was a World Book Encyclopedia, well NC State’s wood extension was our resource for that. When we started off, it was 17 employees, three million feed a year. Now we’re at 400 and some employees here, not counting the other states. NC State has given far more to us than we could ever be able to give back to them. The College of Natural Resources has a unique ability to help people understand the interrelated aspects of the world we live in. We love giving to student scholarships. Obviously, I think that’s probably where my heartbeat is the most because I really feel like we’re giving money to people to do something that they couldn’t otherwise do. It has let me bring a little bit more innovativeness in my research. It has let me attract some top-notch graduate students into our field who can go on in the future and make a big difference. Once we bring these people in, give them the flexibility to do innovative research and grow, is what a named professorship like the Jordan Professorship will enable us to do. We got to help the professorships out so we can get top-notch in there, the best creative minds that we can get. It’s just, I think, the best investment our dollars can make to educate our people, our kids. The reason that I donate to NC State is because I really believe in what’s happening here. And if I can help support a student in the way that I have been supported, to me that means the world. The College of Natural Resources helped me become the professional I am today. If you want your support to make an impact, and to make a difference, this is the place to do it.