gives $489,000 to College
M. Sykes, director of agricultural programs at Philip Morris, presented
the companys check to Dean James L. Oblinger on Aug. 7.
Philip Morris was Dale Hill, manager of agronomy for the company.
Philip Morris supports 24 scholarships, internships and graduate fellowships
in the College, as well as provides funds in support of professorships,
extension leadership programs and research projects. This check, in
addition to $10,000 made available earlier this year in support of
a flue-cured tobacco curing project in the Colleges Tobacco
Foundation, brings the companys 2002 contribution
Morris is pleased to be able to continue its support of these tobacco-related
programs at N.C. State, Sykes said. We feel that our relationship
over the years has been very productive and that NCSU has been a good
steward of these funds. We are confident that these programs will
be of benefit to North Carolinas tobacco producers, as well
as tobacco producers throughout the southeastern United States.
Philip Morris is a company that has, over a long period of time,
invested in academics and in individual and cooperative research activities.
Then, through support of extension leadership programs, it has taken
the research and put it to work in the real world.
Dr. Ken Esbenshade,
director of Academic
Programs in the College, told how Philip Morris, in response to
information about rising costs for students, had increased its scholarship
support. And Dr. Jon Ort, director of the N.C.
Cooperative Extension Service, acknowledged the companys
sponsorship of the summer statewide Futures Summit.