Mr. Collins has established himself as a philanthropic guiding light over several decades. While he has enjoyed supporting many worthy causes both locally and nationally, his major philanthropic drive has been education. He has supported and continues to support both his undergraduate and graduate alma maters, The University of Delaware and Princeton University.
Mr. Collins earned his B.S. in engineering at The University of Delaware and his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in engineering at Princeton University. He created the new “Eva M. Collins” wing of the Colburn Laboratory, home of The University of Delaware’s Chemical Engineering Department, in honor of his late wife Eva who passed away in 1990. In addition, Mr. Collins has provided endowed scholarships supporting all first year graduate students in engineering.
At Princeton University, Mr. Collins has endowed a scholarship for graduate students working on unusual research projects known as “out of the box” research. Mr. Collins was honored by having a classroom dedicated to him in the Friend Engineering Building.
Mr. Collins serves as Chairman of the Advisory Council to the Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Department and is a member of the President’s Leadership Council at The University of Delaware. He is a member of the Leadership Council of the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences and the Graduate School Leadership Council at Princeton University.
Mr. Collins is a strong believer in giving as much of his time as he does of his financial resources. At the secondary school level, Mr. Collins mentors students in need of help and guidance through their educational process at the academic level, and with career counselling and college selection and admission.
In the end, what drives Mr. Collins is giving back in a meaningful way. His goal is not only to touch as many lives as he can in a positive way, but also to make a critical difference in students’ lives as someone did for him, enabling him to attend college.
“Education’s purpose is to replace an empty mind with an open one.” – Malcolm S. Forbes