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CCCCD Honors Institute Awards Norman E. Borlaugh Scholarships

CCCCD Honors Institute Awards Norman E. Borlaugh Scholarships

NOV. 8, 2001 - The Collin County Community College District (CCCCD) Honors Institute awarded three students a Norman E. Borlaug scholarship recently. Each student received $250 and was selected for their persuasive essay on the economic, political or societal effects of food availability. Dr. Borlaug is known as the "father of the green revolution" and was awarded a Nobel Peace Prize for his contributions to agricultural science.

The winners include: Jason Botello, a resident of Garland; Richard Nolan, a resident of Allen; and Gerald Robbins, a resident of Wylie.

"This scholarship will impact my education greatly," said Robbins, a history major who plans to attend the University of North Texas. "Winning this honor has built my confidence. I believe the experience gained at CCCCD will help springboard me to a history program at North Texas."

The scholarship, created to honor Dr. Borlaug and to assist students with tuition, was presented for the first time this year. "The scholarship will impact my education by helping with the expenses for my next semester at CCCCD," said Botello, a pre-architecture major who plans to attend the University of Texas--Arlington. "In the long run, the scholarship will be a boost to my success."

The Honors Institute opened the 750-word essay contest to Honors students enrolled in Honors classes or those studying under an Honors contract. An Honors Council subcommittee judged the entries and selected the winners.

"Receiving a scholarship named for Dr. Borlaug is an honor in itself because he rigorously applies his academic integrity to serve human needs," said Kay Mizell, professor of English and director of the Honors Institute. "In addition, the tuition supplement helps the recipients with their finances."

Winners received their scholarship awards at the CCCCD Fall 2001 Honors Luncheon last week. Dr. Borlaug presented "Food: Instrument of Human Improvement" immediately following the luncheon.