McCall endows Clemson agriculture college scholarship
CLEMSON — Pee Dee Region farmer and Clemson University alumnus Peter LeRoy “Roy” McCall Jr. has established a new scholarship endowment for students in Clemson University’s College of Agriculture, Forestry and Life Sciences.
The Peter LeRoy “Roy” McCall, Jr. ’53 Scholarship Endowment will be funded with McCall’s gift of land valued at more than $1 million, continuing in the footsteps of Clemson founder Thomas Green Clemson, who established the university with a legacy of land in 1883.
“I am proud to know that this gift is an asset to Clemson and to the fellow students who will take advantage of this scholarship program. I wish the students well,” McCall said. “Go Tigers!”
McCall’s gift was announced Saturday at the South Carolina Farm Bureau CAFLS Alumni Tailgate.
“Mr. McCall’s gift will benefit Clemson’s College of Agriculture, Forestry and Life Sciences literally forever. It is a demonstration of faith in the future and of faith in Clemson,” said Clemson University President James P. Clements.
McCall earned his bachelor’s degree in agronomy from Clemson in 1953 and has been a long-time supporter of his alma mater. In 2009, McCall established an endowment to provide university-wide scholarships that have helped more than 75 students attend Clemson.
“This gift will make a huge difference for students,” said Carlos Morales Jr., a freshman agricultural mechanization and business major. “The scholarships I received have allowed me the opportunity to attend Clemson and my decision to attend Clemson was supported by generous donors like Mr. McCall.”
McCall has also supported Clemson’s Scroll of Honor and Military Heritage Plaza, the WestZone project in Memorial Stadium and the Class of 1953 Golden Anniversary Scholarship Endowment. McCall also supports the Clemson University President’s Fund.
“Mr. McCall’s gift of a scholarship endowment to the College of Agriculture, Forestry and Life Sciences will open doors for deserving students to attend CAFLS and will have a direct, positive impact on our ability to educate the next generation of agribusiness leaders,” said George Askew, dean of the college and vice president of Public Service and Agriculture.
Clemson’s College of Agriculture, Forestry and Life Sciences is home to five departments, including Agricultural Sciences; Plant and Environmental Sciences; Food, Nutrition and Packaging Sciences; Forestry and Environmental Conservation; and Animal and Veterinary Sciences.
The college’s mission is to “provide unified education, research and public service in the grand challenges of global food supply and safety, human and animal nutrition, agricultural systems efficiency, environmental conservation, sustainable packaging, and renewable resources.”