Golden Aggie Cline Warren says North Carolina A&T State University has provided the educational foundation for his successful career with the U.S. Department of Agriculture and he wants the same for future Aggies.
"I have established an endowment scholarship fund to help deserving students pursuing career in Agricultural Economics," Warren said.
"My hope is to help insure that future generations of Aggies may have the same opportunities for success that I have enjoyed."
The endowment was established from donated stock in healthcare company Merck. The stock was worth about $28,000.
Warren graduated from N.C. A&T in 1952 with a bachelor of science in agricultural economics. He started work as an agricultural officer or attached in the Foreign Service division of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. During his service, Warren worked in several African, Asian, European and Middle Eastern countries.
"My gratitude goes to many from the A&T community who contributed greatly to my development as a student," he said
Warren says Dean J.C. McLaughlin of the School of Agriculture and B.A. Hall county agent for Guilford County both helped him secure funding to attend school while Dr. F. A. Williams, head of the economics department. helped him grasp economic theory, principles of international trade and fiscal and monetary policy.
"When I think of A&T and what it means to me, the key words which come to mind are helpful, useful, advantageous, practical and invaluable," he said.
Warren is now retired and spends his time doing gardening and church work but he has been a regular contributor to the Aggie Alumni Fund.
"One day as I was making a selection from a bookshelf, I focused on my large plaque of the Aggie mascot that was staring back at me. At that moment I decided it was time to do more," he said.