ChancellorRandy Woodson announced Monday a $3 million gift that will start the "Farm toPhilanthropy" program designed to help rural students successfully apply to N.C. StateUniversity.
The giftfrom Dr. Joseph K. and Deborah Kapp Gordon of Raleigh to the university'sCollege of Agriculture and Life Sciences will support a number of initiatives, NCSU said in a news release.
"Highereducation offers a path to success and this generous gift will help open thedoors to college for hard-working students across North Carolina," Woodsonsaid in a statement.
Theprogram will help rural students prepare for standardized collegeentrance examinations. Students in the program will take a testpreparation course through their home counties' N.C. Cooperative ExtensionService center, NCSU said. Previous success with more than 230 students from 18 N.C.counties has shown that test scores can be increased throughsupport and mentoring. The funding willallow the successful program to expand to more rural N.C. counties.
Another initiative will allow selected students, who begin their higher education at anN.C. community college or another university, to take part in specialactivities at N.C. State that support their academic development and enhancetheir preparedness for NCSU. Upon successful completionof the program, participants are guaranteed admission to an N.C. Statedegree program in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences in theirsophomore year.
A final keyinitiative is for students to seek scholarships so they graduate free from debt.
Dr. Gordonis a veterinarian who is a member of the N.C. Veterinary Foundation Board ofDirectors. He served as N.C. State student body president and earned a bachelor'sdegree in animal science and a doctor of veterinary medicine degree. In 1988,he founded Care First Animal Hospitals in Wake County, and in 1989, was joinedby his wife and administrator, Deborah Gordon, who double majored in matheducation and computer science at N.C. State. They have two children, Wade andMeredith.