Ed Sceery honors faculty mentors with scholarship endowments
Ed Sceery can still remember that young, enthusiastic kid who arrived in Las Cruces in 1966 with all of his possessions in one army duffle bag and a very small cash reserve in his pocket. He came from a rural farming area in the southeastern part of the U. S. to enroll at New Mexico State University and pursue a degree in agriculture.
Fortunately freshman student Sceery quickly found his first job working as a janitor in the old Williams Hall Gymnasium cleaning the toilets for 25 cents per hour. He claims all students should start with the same job, as it provided him with considerable encouragement to get a college degree or two so he might find better employment. He also found professors in the animal science department who took a great interest in their students’ academic and personal success. Two professors in particular, Dr. Jack Ruttle and Dr. Joe Wallace, made such a strong impression on him that when he had the financial means, he established endowed scholarships in each of their names.
Now semi-retired from several successful businesses, Sceery still maintains farming and ranching interests in three New Mexico counties. He attributes his professional accomplishments to the education he received at NMSU. His intent is to honor the professors who were so important to him as a student. He would like to ensure that other young people have the same opportunities to enjoy and benefit from the excellent educational opportunities offered by NMSU.
Currently, Sceery is working with another past student, Dr. Mike Brown, in the establishment of an endowment in honor of Dr. Dennis and Marilyn Hallford. Both Brown and Sceery have great appreciation for all that the Hallfords have done for them and for innumerable other students at NMSU.
Sceery has a tremendous belief in the value of the good education that he was blessed with at New Mexico State University. Before he was finished he earned three degrees, graduating in 1977 with his Ph.D. In 2013 he was given the Outstanding Animal and Range Sciences Alumni Award.
Sceery encourages all past students of NMSU to reflect on the impact NMSU has had on their lives and strongly consider giving a little back to the institution which has given them so much.