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Universal Leaf North America U.S. Gives New Scholarship

Robert Covington, left, vice president of Universal Leaf North America U.S., met with Clinton Phillip, first recipient of the corporation’s new scholarship at N.C. Wesleyan College; Tammy Robinson, Wesleyan’s director of advancement services and stewardship; and Michael Pratt, vice president of college advancement and strategy.

Universal Leaf North America U.S., Inc. recently established an annual scholarship at North Carolina Wesleyan College valued at $12,000 over four years. The scholarship is reserved for a first-year student or transfer student who is seeking a major in business administration or accounting, who shows promise for academic success, and who is active in the community. Additional consideration will be given to students or their parents who are involved in an agronomic industry.

The Universal Leaf North America Business Scholarship will provide $1,500 per semester as long as the recipient maintains specific academic requirements. The award may be used to cover tuition, fees, books, or other program-related materials.

Clinton Phillip, of Weldon, N.C., an accounting major and mathematics minor who is a transfer student, has been selected as the first recipient of the Universal Leaf North America Business Scholarship. Phillip is also a U.S. Army veteran.

In expressing his gratitude for receiving the scholarship, Phillip said, “I tell everybody Wesleyan is a great school. I made the sacrifice to attend, and it all paid off later.” Phillip said he plans to continue his education after he graduates from Wesleyan to work toward becoming a certified public accountant. “I also want to earn a teaching certificate in mathematics and give back to the community,” he said.

Michael J. Pratt, Wesleyan’s vice president of college advancement and strategy, said, “Wesleyan is grateful for this generous gift from Universal Leaf North America. The scholarship they have provided will help deserving students such as Clinton Phillip realize their ambitions. In turn, the entire community will benefit from Universal Leaf’s thoughtful scholarship gift.”

Universal Leaf North America U.S., Inc. is headquartered in Nashville, NC, with principal operations in both Nashville and Oxford, NC.  The largest portion of the company’s business involves the procurement, processing, packing, and supply of flue-cured and burley tobacco to manufacturers of consumer tobacco products. The company is dedicated to supporting a variety of initiatives for the advancement of education, economic development, and community service in areas where it conducts business.