Caroline Ellington Awarded Jerry J. Collier Scholarship


Each year, the Jerry J. Collier Scholarship is awarded to an entering graduate student who was a varsity undergraduate student-athlete at NC State University. It is a merit based award and is given on the basis of outstanding academic and personal achievement. Directors of graduate programs are asked to submit nominations to the Graduate School for students to be considered.

The recipient of the Collier Scholarship for the 2013-2014 school year was the Textile Engineering, Chemistry and Science (TECS) department’s own Caroline Ellington. Caroline played on the varsity women’s golf team throughout her undergraduate career, and due to having redshirted as a freshman, she is now competing in her final season of eligibility for the Wolfpack as she works toward her MS in Textile Engineering.

Caroline graduated magna cum laude in May of 2013 and is now working on her master’s degree as part of the Accelerated Bachelor’s / Master’s (ABM) program that allows top students to complete a BS and MS degree in 5 years in the TECS department. After being active as a Park Scholar for her four years as an undergraduate student in Textile Engineering, the Collier Scholarship provides Caroline with continued support during her year of graduate school.

“Once I decided to do the accelerated MS program for TE, being awarded the Collier was the cherry on top. It helps lessen the burden on me and my family, and it is an honor to be considered a worthy recipient,” said Ellington of the award.

Caroline is a unique case, since she is still competing in her final season of eligibility while working toward her master’s degree, but with the help of the Collier Scholarship, she is able to maintain all of her ambitions, both in the classroom and on the course. She is set to graduate from her program in May of 2014.

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