Dr. Johnny Wynne, left, dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, thanks Mary and Zack Ladd for their support of agricultural education students. Photo by the Department of Communication Services.

Ladd Endowment Supports Agricultural Education Students

Zack and Mary Ladd of Yadkinville have created a scholarship endowment through the North Carolina Agricultural Foundation Inc. to encourage young people to enter the field of agricultural education.

The Ladds created the endowment to provide merit-based scholarships to students majoring in agricultural education in N.C. State University's College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, with a preference for those from Yadkin County.

Zack Ladd holds a 1958 bachelor of science degree in agricultural education from the college's Department of Agricultural and Extension Education. To ensure the awarding of the scholarship each year, the Ladds have opened it up to any two- or four-year traditional agriculture student from North Carolina, if there are no AEE majors available.

Dr. Johnny Wynne, interim dean of the College, hosted the endowment signing May 30. Wynne noted Zack Ladd's successful career with the N.C. Farm Bureau and his activities as past president of the Alumni and Friends Society in the College, as well as Mary Ladd's extensive efforts with both hospice and cancer services that earned her two Governor's Awards for Outstanding Volunteer.

Dr. Jim Flowers, head of the Department of Agricultural and Extension Education, described Zack Ladd as "not only a scholar, but someone who worked his way through school, and therefore someone who understands the needs of our students as tuition costs increase."

N.C. Farm Bureau President Larry Wooten, a 1973 graduate of the College, said, "The word that best describes Zack Ladd is 'loyalty.'" He then told Ladd, "I want to thank you for your loyalty to the Farm Bureau and to N.C. State and for your generosity. I know the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences is better because you've been a part of it."

In response, Zack Ladd said, "I am a blessed man. And you can keep only what you give away. This was motivated by a love for this university, a love for life and a love for people."
-- Terri Leith --

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