Invest in the Success of Students, Faculty and Programs
A Forward-Looking Donor
John Somerhalder, BS CHEE 1977 and the College of Engineering’s 2016 Alumnus of the Year, made a $1 million gift to the Dean’s Endowed Fund for Excellence in Engineering in 2017 with his wife Rebecca. The college will use the gift to train faculty in collaborative teaching to optimize student learning outcomes.My wife and I have simply gained a level of trust with the people that are administering this gift. They know where the most important needs are, and we want to give them the flexibility to take care of what’s most important at the time.
Philanthropy Starts Early
Proving that it’s never too early to become a donor, Christian Montoya, BS 2015, established a scholarship less than two years after graduating with degrees in chemical engineering and computer engineering. The Microsoft program manager told students at the college’s 2017 scholarship reception that engineering is rewarding work.I want other outstanding engineers to reach for their goals and dreams without having as much financial worry.
Producing Tomorrow’s Leaders
The Brown Family Foundation, named for the late global leader in semiconductors Tom Brown, is a frequent supporter of the College of Engineering and the Eller College of Management. By providing scholarships to students like Jean Wilkening, Brown’s family hopes to foster the creativity and enterprise that will produce tomorrow’s leaders.With the support of the Brown Scholarship, I have been able to pursue so many opportunities. I only hope that I can one day repay your generosity by taking these experiences I’ve been granted here and turning them into a meaningful career where I can make a difference.