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What Sets Us Apart

The 2LT Richard W. Collins III Foundation’s mission is to invest in the education and empowerment of promising young Americans who’ve proven themselves to be outstanding citizens and are committed to working toward a hate-free, more just society for all.

Scholars will also be invited to participate in regular programming throughout the academic year that features guests like the two-star Army general who addressed the Scholars in the spring of semester of 2021, civilian Dept. of Defense officials, and former FBI agents.

This program depends on the willingness of volunteers to step up and play a role in the lives of the young people we support. See the faces of some of our great mentors below, and please let us know if you or someone you know is interested in joining our network!


Gordon B. Johnson was appointed Special Agent in Charge of the Baltimore Field Office in October 2016. In this position, he is responsible for FBI operations within Maryland and Delaware. A 20-year FBI veteran, Mr. Johnson has worked and supervised a variety of investigative programs to include counterterrorism, counterintelligence, and cyber.

Johnson is also former US Army officer and graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point

Gordon Johnson

Special Agent In Charge (Retired)

Dr. Shelton served fourteen years as a consultant to the Department of Veterans Affairs to include (Director Organ Transplant Program budget $24 million) and as the Vice President of Medical Affairs Health Management, Inc. in Washington, DC. Dr. Shelton has served as a Secretarial appointee on the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Advisory Committee on the Readjustment of Veterans for five years. Dr. Shelton was nominated and has accepted to participate in the Department of Defense (DoD) Congressionally Directed Medical Research Peer/Consumer Review Program, and was appointed by the Maryland Governor to serve as a member of Maryland Council on Cancer Control.

Dr. Shelton also served for 21 years in the US Army, retiring with the rank of Colonel.

Dr. Artie Shelton

Department of Veterans Affairs Expert, US Army Colonel (Retired)

Lieutenant Colonel (Ret) Eartha M. Govan is a native of Orangeburg, South Carolina. She enlisted in the Army in 1987. She later graduated from South Carolina State University (SCSU) Army ROTC, an HBCU, as a Distinguished Military Graduate (DMG) where she also received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, and then was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the Quartermaster Corps in 1992.

Currently, LTC (Ret) Govan serves as a Logistics Management Specialist, G4 Plans and Operations for United States Army Cyber Command at Fort Meade, Maryland.

Eartha Govan

Senior Army Logistics Consultant, Lieutenant Colonel (Retired)
US Army


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We’re building a network of outstanding citizens who have led successful careers of service, whether it be in the military or elsewhere, to provide coaching and mentoring to our Scholars throughout their college careers and into their professional ones as they also become a part of our network of mentors themselves. 

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