Ledford Scholar

Zachary Vance has been awarded the Randall D. Ledford Scholarship by Wake Forest University.  This award carries a value of more than $64,000.  Vance is a resident of Statesville and a 2007 graduate of Statesville High School.  He will be entering Wake Forest in August.

The Ledford scholarship is awarded every four years to a student who shows outstanding potential in physics.  The university offers students such as Vance the opportunity to begin physics research early in their college experience.

This scholarship is funded through the generosity of Dr. Randall D. Ledford, WFU class of 1972. Dr. Ledford is Senior Vice-President and Chief Technology Officer of Emerson Electric Company, one of the world’s leading electronics companies. Before joining Emerson Electric, Dr. Ledford was president and general manager of several divisions of Texas Instruments Inc. including software, digital imaging, enterprise solutions and process automation. He began his career at Bell Telephone Laboratories where he worked on UNIX development, fiber optic communication and microwave transmissions. While at Texas Instruments, Dr. Ledford led the company’s development of the Digital Light Processor (DLP) used in many high definition televisions and video projectors.