About Bryan A. Collins
(1981-2006)

Bryan Allan (“Pink E”) Collins was a rising star and well-respected student leader at Tennessee State University. The Bryan A. Collins Scholarship was created in his memory to provide scholarship grants to undergraduate students of exceptional promise.

Bryan received his Bachelor’s degree in Biology and Chemistry from Tennessee State University in May 2005. At the time of his passing, he was enrolled as a graduate student in the Masters program in physical therapy and was anxiously looking forward to commencing his doctoral studies.

On campus, he was an extremely proud member and leader in the Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity. He was very active and contributed to its success. He served on the Civic Committee, the Community Service Committee and help set strategic direction as a Board Member of the fraternity. It was because of his close relationships and camaraderie with his fraternity brothers that Bryan picked up the nickname “Pink E.”

In addition to his education achievements, Bryan distinguished himself and found much success outside the classroom. He was also voted Mr. Tennessee State first runner-up.  In addition, he was, involved in the Student Union Board of Governors, was a founding member of the Generation of Educated Men and worked closely with the Tennessee State University dean of admissions and records. He was a bright, popular, personable and extremely well-liked by both students and faculty.

He was born on January 23, 1981 to Francine and Alan Collins in Glenwood, Illinois. He grew up as a devoted son with a glowing smile, and easy laugh that exuded a warmth that immediately enveloped everyone with whom he came into contact. Bryan found comfort and relaxation in sports, music, movies, video games, friends, good parties and just spending time with his family relaxing at home.

Bryan accepted Jesus Christ at an early age while at TM Camp in Zainesville, Ohio. He was a member of Calvary Christian Ministries in Powder Springs, Georgia.

The Bryan A. Collins Scholarship was created at Tennessee State University in his memory to provide scholarship grants to undergraduate students of exceptional promise demonstrating the values that Bryan embraced most — being great with people, being great at academics, and being great in extra-curricular leadership activities.