Every year, Darlington School awards specifically-named scholarships to a select number of students — based on academic achievements.
Collins received the Drummond Leadership Scholarship, which was also awarded to sophomore Mary Grace Denson of Rome and freshman Gordy Grigsby of Rockmart.
According to Darlington Schools, the Drummond scholarship was established by the Drummond family in appreciation for the role that Darlington continues to play in the life of Jere Drummond (’57).
“When I received the news about the Drummond Scholarship I was very excited because it was quite an honor to be the first recipient of this special award,” Collins said. “I have the utmost gratitude for this privilege. I feel very blessed to have received this scholarship.”
“I know with an education from Darlington, I can pursue and achieve my future goals,” he added.
Collins is a member of the National Honor Society as well as the Spanish National Honor Society.
While he’s distinguished in the classroom, Collins also has many achievements as an athlete.
He has earned several athletic letters in cross-country, varsity basketball and track and field.
He also participated in the state cross-country meet for the past two seasons. As a freshman, he finished 10th in state in the 1600 meter run and as a sophomore he finished 5th in state in the 1600 meter run and 6th in the 800 meter run.
Last year, he was selected to be on the Rome News-Tribune All-Area Track team.
On Sept. 14, Collins won the City/County Cross-Country Championship for Rome and Floyd County.
Collins has been a member of Darlington’s Fellowship of Christian Athletes for three years. This year he is FCA’s “Huddle Leader.”
His parents are Forrest and Rozanne Collins. He has a sister Natalie and his grandmothers are Marian Bruce and Mildred Collins.
Darlington School is a private pre-K through 12th grade day and boarding school in Rome, Ga.
--Darlington Schools contributed to this report.